Team remained in good spirits after India loss: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed

Jessica Allison
June 16, 2017

With Bangladesh facing India in the second semi-final, a mouth-watering rematch in the final between the two sides in on the cards.

He also appreciated the game awareness of left-handed opener Fakhar Zaman, who is playing his debut tournament saying that he was improving and the good thing about him was that he was learning his mistakes.

Pakistan's bowlers, backed up their captains - Sarfraz Ahmed's - decision to bowl first by troubling the hosts from the onset with an impeccable line and a sharp fielding effort.

Asked how self-belief had been restored following a defeat by India greeted with widespread condemnation back home, Ahmed explained: "After the India match, we just motivated the guys".

Despite the defeat, captain Morgan was quick to point out there was no issues with the attitude in the England camp.

Trevor Bayliss, the England coach, has challenged the next generation of England players to stake a claim for a spot in the 2019 World Cup squad although he expects most of those who took part in the Champions Trophy to be around for that tournament. Indeed, it is an achievement for them to be getting to these knockout matches, especially after the shambolic World Cup campaign two years ago.

"It has been a privilege to watch England in one-day cricket for the past two years but, on a day when it really mattered, they were unable to reproduce anything close to their best form".

"I don't think there was any home advantage ..."

England's other Test players have been rested for at least one of the T20 games against South Africa so they can gain pink-ball experience for their counties in day-night matches but Buttler will join them after the third game.

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"It's the way the tournament is. We created chances in all our matches", said chief selector Minhajul Abedin.

When Bangladesh battle India in the Champions Trophy semifinal on Thursday and it will be the consecration of a new Asian cricket rivalry. You have to be able to be good in all conditions.

I thought - you know, probably every partnership we had struggled to take, I suppose, initiative to the Pakistan bowlers. If we had put 280 on the board it might have been a different game.

"It doesn't feel great at the minute but there's a lot of cricket still to play this summer and we've got to make sure we're right for that". We did try and adjust to the wicket.

England slumped from 128 for two to 211, losing its last eight wickets for a mere 83 runs and surprisingly failing to hit a single six. "Zaman gave the team a brilliant start to the chase and he was well supported by Azhar's assured batting display".

Their opposite number Bairstow - brought in to open for the first time in global cricket in place of the out-of-form Jason Roy - had responded with a battling 43, but on a used pitch that precluded fluent strokeplay as the ball swung, England could never get a foothold and folded tamely in their attempt to set a defendable total.

"That is one of the reasons we will keep competing". 211 wasn't a good score.

EOIN MORGAN: I think it does, and I think Joe Root in a similar vein.

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