Champions Trophy: Eoin Morgan says no home advantage for beaten England

Doug Mendoza
June 17, 2017

This proved to be the point of no coming back for the hosts as their middle order was ripped apart by Pakistan's bowling attack and some rather poor shot making as they fell to 162-6. The first & second wicket partnership scored a worthy 118 runs when Fakhar Zaman was dismissed for 57 runs. "They played brilliantly. I think, going into today's game knowing that we were going to play on a used wicket potentially brought Pakistan's game closer to their home".

"We continue to learn, everything we did was calculated, but Pakistan had played on the wicket previously and that helped. I think we played very well and that's why we won".

Ben Stokes, usually one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket, needed 64 balls to scrape together 34 runs and he failed to muster a single boundary on a pitch Morgan described as hard to bat on.

It followed the World Twenty20 last year and the Champions Trophy four years ago, when England established a winning position in the final only to lose. We really bowled well.

"I don't think we were simply used to it".

"The other thing I said was that the facilitators of the win can not be named; however I said nothing about match-fixing or any other foul play - my statement was misunderstood", Sohail said. I feel extremely disappointed with the way we played.

Morgan believes that experience, on the same strip prepared for this match, played its part - and spelled out that England did not take unpredictable Pakistan lightly.

"Credit goes to Sarfraz and the way he led the team, we kept taking wickets and kept the run-rate in check".

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"After the first loss we were very down, but credit goes to the team management", Sarfraz told a news conference.

He added: "One of the things about knockout cricket is that you have to adapt to conditions".

But I would ask this: would we ever see a seam-friendly wicket in a tournament in the subcontinent?

"They've been playing really good cricket for the last two years".

A knock of 43 by opener Jonny Bairstow, recalled in place of the axed Jason Roy, was added to by Root and Morgan, who struck 33, although Ben Stokes's 34 was the only other meaningful contribution. 250-270 would have been a good score.

"Our bowlers probably tried to chase the wickets too much and served up too many half-volleys".

"Finishing third or fourth, I think that's about right where we sit in world cricket at the moment".

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