Pakistan booked their place in the Champions Trophy final with a crushing eight-wicket win over England on Wednesday.
Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) dismissed England's attack to all parts of Sophia Gardens in an opening stand of 118.
It will be Pakistan's second key match at Sophia Gardens in a matter of days after a tense three-wicket victory over Sri Lanka there on Monday saw them into the last four of a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global (ODI) sides.
Defending champions India play Bangladesh in the second semi-final in Birmingham on Thursday.
"He's been a total match-winner for India, won so many big tournaments in big cities, and this is just a testimony to the kind of talent he possesses".
"I think this (his emergence) is something marvelous for Pakistan cricket".
He was of the view that the winning combination should not be disturbed and Pakistan should go in the final with the same outfit that beat England in the semifinal.
"Two hundred and fifty or 260 would have been a good score and then it would have been a different run chase", the Australian added.
I thought - you know, probably every partnership we had struggled to take, I suppose, initiative to the Pakistan bowlers.
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"I think we need to continue playing exactly as we are and just get better at it", he said.
Barney Ronay of The Guardian says it was a return to the bad old days: "For all the talk of adrenal new eras and white-hot modernity it was the old uncertainty batting first against nagging bowling on a grippy pitch that derailed England's campaign against a Pakistan team who produced a wonderful all-round performance". From the moment of Root's dismissal in the 28th over, they lost 8 for 83 in 22 overs, hitting just three boundaries after the 30-over mark.
"This was a golden chance to win a tournament at home, and I think all we can do now is keep looking towards that World Cup and use this as a really good platform".
"It's a big match, so we focused on our bowling". This is gone. We have two [more group] matches.
"We were disappointed not to beat Pakistan, because we had been playing well enough, but we still have a bit of work to do".
"There were huge expectations they'd go on to win the tournament, I think justifiably so on the back of what they've done over the last year-and-a-half", said Atherton.
Sarfraz added: "After that first loss, we were very down".
On paper, India are overwhelming favourites against the next door neighbors but in a game of glorious uncertainties, it will be foolhardy to count Bangladesh out of equation, especially after their inspirational "come from behind" victory against New Zealand that paved the way for their semi-final berth.
They have always been an unpredictable side but England, the only undefeated in the league stage, were expected to get past the sub-continent squad with little difficulty.