Pakistan, who suffered a 124-run thrashing by arch-rivals India in their opening group game then cruised to their meagre victory target with a mammoth 77 balls to spare. “They have been brought to the final due to external factors and not on the basis of their performances”, Sohail said. “So it was a big challenge and one that was too far for us”, he added. “This is what we would require in the final to claim the title”.
Amir, who made 28 not out Monday in an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 75 with Sarfraz Ahmed (61 not out) was ruled out with a back spasm.
“Today was a flawless performance from all departments”, said Ali.
“I think we played very good”.
While Pakistan proved a point with those two wins, their most memorable win came against hosts England in the first semi-final, where they held on to their nerves in the high-pressure match to become the first team to reach the final. Even the harshest critics of Pakistan are now beginning to believe that this team has what it takes to go the distance. “It was a wonderful performance”.
“After the first loss, we were very down”.
In this tournament, India defeated Pakistan in their first match.
“We ve played worse than this over the last couple of years and been knocked over fairly easily in some games, (but) it doesn t seem to affect them”, he said. This is gone. We have two [more group] matches. We knew that we were going to play on a used wicket at some stage in this tournament, and we found out the other day that today was going to be on a used wicket. “Now we are in the final”. However I said nothing about match-fixing or any other foul play – my statement was misunderstood.
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“Now the whole nation awaits our team making amends in the final against India – if they defeat Bangladesh“, Khan posted on Twitter as he congratulated Pakistan on its semifinal win over England.
Root has also backed England’s aggressive approach to limited overs cricket despite the team’s failure to adjust to conditions in Cardiff. Four members of Pakistan’s XI on Wednesday – Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Rumman Raees – have never played an worldwide match in their own country, and a one-off limited overs series against Zimbabwe in 2015 has been the only taste of home internationals for Azhar, Babar Azam, Imad Wasim and Junaid Khan.
Due to India’s better command of the language when compared to their Pakistani counterparts, Indian fans also participate widely in this act.