Ruthless Pakistan shock England in Champions Trophy

The aggressive batting that has come to become a feature of England in ODI and T20I cricket over the past few months have been in stark contrast to the nearly condescending approach they had to the shorter formats of the game earlier.

What made Wednesday's win all the more impressive was that it came just 10 days after Pakistan launched their Champions Trophy campaign with a woeful 124-run hammering by rivals India.

Explaining his aggressive nature of batting, Zaman said, "At this stage, if you can play the shots, you should play them". The lower order batsmen did not shine with 4 of them getting dismissed for a single digit score.

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.

Rohit Sharma's flawless unbeaten 123 and Virat Kohli's 96 not out in an unbroken 178-run stand ensured Bangladesh's 264-7 was never likely to trouble the defending champions, who cruised to a nine-wicket victory with 59 balls to spare. "But if we are under pressure then I think India are under more pressure compared to us due to their huge population and the love for the game among common public", he said.

"We're playing the first time in our life in a semi-final, so that is a fact, but also if it's pressure, I think India have got more pressure than us because the huge population is there, and people love cricket in India a lot", he said. One of the things about knockout cricket is that you have to adapt to conditions. The World Cup winning wicketkeeper feels every player did his job, rather than one or two players delivering the win.

Earlier, Hasan Ali took 3-35 as Pakistan won the toss and bowled out a badly misfiring England.

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Now England s wait will continue until at least 2019 - when they stage the next World Cup.

Mohammad Kaif, for instance, pointed out that only teams from the sub-continent have made it to the final leg of the tournament.

"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", added Morgan.

It's incredible that Fakhar was handed a debut in the middle of the big tournament, in place of Ahmed Shehzad, but the left-handed opening batsman has taken up the challenge superbly with scores of 31, 50 and 57 in his three matches. 'We've rested the Test players who are playing in everything but Jos will play in the third T20 and then go straight into the pink-ball championship match for Lancashire'. "That's why we won".

"England suffer dismal exit after humbling by resurgent Pakistan", writes Guardian.

"Pakistan bowled well but we didnĀ“t manage to adjust with the bat".

"Our bowlers probably tried to chase the wickets too much and served up too many half-volleys. We've got a long way to go until we reach the level we want to get to and a level I believe we're good enough to get to".

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