ICC Champions Trophy: Pakistan outplayed us, admits Eoin Morgan

first_imgCaptain Eoin Morgan said England did not adapt to conditions after losing the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final against Pakistan at Cardiff on Wednesday.Pakistan delivered an inspired all-round performance to rout a ragged England team by eight wickets in a one-sided game.Pakistan bowled and fielded tightly to restrict the hosts to a paltry total of 211 all out and the lowest-ranked team in the tournament knocked off the runs in style with a massive 12.5 overs to spare.It was a major disappointment for England, who won all three group matches in their bid to claim a first global 50-over title and had beaten Pakistan in 12 of their last 14 one-day internationals.They collapsed, however, on a sluggish pitch from 128 for two in sunny conditions which normally favour batsmen and the bowlers failed to repair the damage as Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali shared a stand of 118 to lead Pakistan to their target.”One thing we didn’t do was adapt to conditions, which I thought Pakistan did extremely well. Full credit to them, they outplayed us on this wicket,” England captain Morgan said at the post match presentation ceremony.Morgan also rued poor batting performance from his side.”Pakistan bowled well. We did not manage to adjust with the bat. 200 was not a competitive score. 250-60 would have been competitive,” he said.Pakistan reached Champions Trophy final for the first time. They await the winners of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh in Birmingham on Thursday.last_img read more