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18 Junio 2017, 11:23 | Gerardo Tarin
"They bowled really well, especially in the middle part".
Three consecutive wins, including an incredible semi-final victory over hosts and favourites England, meant Pakistan became the first team to qualify for the title clash. But the green army have managed to pull up their socks after the thrashing and have played some good cricket.After managing to crawl into semi-final, they beat England to enter finals.
Instead, it was a case of coming unstuck in conditions which made setting a defendable total no easy task - despite England's handy start after being put in.
They collapsed, however, on a sluggish pitch from 20128 in sunny conditions which normally favour batsmen and the bowlers failed to fix the damage as Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali shared a stand of 118 to lead Pakistan to their target. "We are giving a rest to the guys who are definitely in the Test team, but a lot of the guys will play in that third T20 match and then back it up the next day in the pink-ball Championship game - Jos is one of those".
England's hopes rested on taking early wickets, but they were punctured by the strokeplay of Fakhar, who threw everything at the new ball.
Fakhar's dismissal for 57 in the 22nd over did little to slow down the run rate as Babar Azam (38 not out) and Mohammad Hafeez got Pakistan home with time to spare.
It could have been a major blow to Pakistan, but they barely felt his absence.
"But obviously, given the conditions, it didn't allow us to do that.it was quite tough".
While Bangladesh is underdogs in this match but we can not underestimate their performances in the last few years. They are a very unsafe side and everyone realises that.
"Certainly, I think we're moving in the right direction".
"It's disrespectful to Pakistan, who played brilliantly and made the best of the conditions".
"It was good to have that feeling, we don't play at home, so whenever we get a crowd supporting us we love it". Between them, 11 English batsmen in a team known for its mantra of all-out attack, didn't hit a single six compared to five sixes lofted by Pakistan's top four. "I would keep it the same way".
For all but possibly Liam Plunkett the World Cup in 2019 is a feasible target and there will be plenty of time for younger players to force their way into the picture before, then including in next week's T20 series against South Africa when England will blood a raft of exciting rookies. I think it'd be wrong to change the approach we've had.
"We've come a long way in the last two years and, like the fans, we'd like to win every game we play in", he added.
"You are always comfortable with a partner who goes hard up front", Azhar said.
"I'm just very disappointed", Root said. "And after that match we have bowled well, fielded well and today the batting clicked as well".
India play Bangladesh in the second semifinal in Birmingham on Thursday.
Asked about a possible re-match in the final on Sunday, Sarfraz said: "Both teams (India and Bangladesh) are playing well, so we will play whoever gets through".
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