England had been well and truly beaten by a side that had been 50/1 rank outsiders to win the tournament. "It is a good learning curve for us but we've got to keep the same drive that we've had over the last 18 months to keep getting better so that, when that World Cup does come round, we're in the best shape possible and give ourselves the best chance of really contending that final". "We are just concentrating on this match and we will try to play at our best", Mortaza added. Pakistan have finally realized what they are and embraced their identity.
Instead, they were humbled by a dry Sophia Gardens wicket and an excellent all-round bowling effort from the unpredictable Pakistan.
"I think he (Amir) has a little bit of back spasm", Sarfraz said.
"We continue to learn, everything we did was calculated, but Pakistan had played on the wicket previously and that helped". It is interesting to note that Pakistan only needed three days to bounce back from a 124-run thrashing by arch-rivals and title-holders India in their tournament opener before defeating top-ranked South Africa in their second encounter. Two hundred isn't a competitive score.
The match took place on a pitch which had already been used in the tournament, when Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in their Group B clash.
England then beat Australia and let Bangladesh into the semi-final with the hosts.
"It's the way the tournament is. We can also win matches without Amir", he said and added credit also goes to bowling coach Azhar Mehmood. "England departed the Champions Trophy in a wave of misery, humiliation and unanswered questions", Etheridge wrote in The Sun. You have to be able to be good in all conditions. When I started playing for India I was happy just playing one game for India.
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"I think it'd be wrong to change the approach we've had. Tomorrow we will play a new match and obviously our focus will be on that game", said Mashrafe. We did try and adjust to the wicket. All these players have now matured into effective global cricketers who are leading Bangladesh's surge up the rankings in one-day internationals. 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.
Both England and Pakistan have a stark difference when it comes to their style of play, the former have come a long way in a short space of time since their humiliating first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and England openers Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow, replacing the out-of-form Jason Roy, made a solid enough start.
"Two hundred and fifty or 260 would have been a good score and then it would have been a different run chase".
It's bowlers have taken just 10 wickets for the tournament (though the game against Australia was shortened by rain) and that looks a major issue when confronting the likes of the tournament's leading run scorer Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.
"There's a number of our guys who haven't been at this level before and it is a learning curve". Where we finished, third or fourth, is probably about right at the moment, we've still got a lot of work to do and we know that, but it is what we're building towards.