England vs Pakistan semi-final: England’s ill-timed dip in form knocks them out

England, who were unbeaten in the group stage in the ICC Champions Trophy at home, suffered a crushing eight-wicket loss to Pakistan in the semi-final in Cardiff.

By: Express Web Desk | Cardiff | Updated: June 15, 2017 5:27 am
england vs pakistan, eng vs pak, champions trophy England were knocked out of the Champions Trophy after loss to Pakistan in the semi-final. (Source: Reuters)

There is no way England could have lost in the Champions Trophy. They were unbeaten in the group stage and were the favourites going into the semi-finals of the tournament. Pakistan, on the other hand, were not giving the chance that they will cause an upset. But England suffered their first loss of the tournament and in a match that was not ideal to loss.

England have been the team to beat in the tournament. They looked good with the batting and the bowling was in tremendous form. They humbled Bangladesh in the first match. New Zealand were no match to England in the second and Australia thought they had won the game before Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan turned it around.

But, England were completely opposite side facing Pakistan in the semi-final. They’re batting did not click. Bowling had lost his sharpness as Pakistan lost only three wickets in the chase. A team which was posting 300-plus totals at will were bowled out for 211. Before this game, their average total in ODIs since 2015 World Cup was 302.

England hit only one boundary in the final 10 overs and there was not a single six in the innings! That last time that happened was back in the 2015 World Cup game against New Zealand. They were the finalists in the last edition but lost to India. They did not lose this bad.

Since the World Cup, they had an average run-rate of 6.29 per game but on Wednesday, they scored at a rate of 4.23. It was a clear mis-match but Pakistan were the superior team.

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