Waqar lashes out at England skipper Morgan for pitch complaint

Pakistan's Hasan Ali celebrates taking the wicket of England's Eoin Morgan for 33 runs during the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final in Cardiff

Pakistan's Hasan Ali celebrates taking the wicket of England's Eoin Morgan for 33 runs during the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final in Cardiff

Eoin Morgan ruled out any element of complacency and insisted England simply failed to adapt to the demands of a used Cardiff pitch as they crashed out of the Champions Trophy against Pakistan.

"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", he said.

England were disappointed to be confronted with a slow pitch which favoured Pakistan but should have been able to adapt their plans much better than they did after seeing how it reacted to the first few overs.

England's hopes rested on taking early wickets, but they were punctured by the strokeplay of Fakhar, who threw everything at the new ball.

"It's a big challenge jumping from venue to venue but we're going to have to do that with the World Cup so it's important for us to go through games like today (Wednesday) for our experience", added the former Irish star.

"It's a big occasion for all of us and I look forward to bowling well and contribute in the win".

England captain Eoin Morgan: "The fact we've produced brilliant performances in this tournament and then play like that on this wicket is extremely disappointing".

"We did prepare for a used wicket but 211 wasn't a good score".

Pakistan needed just 37.1 of their 50 overs to chase down the score.

Sarfraz is confident about Pakistan's chances in their first Champions Trophy final on Sunday when they will face local rivals India or Bangladesh.

It means the final will be an all South Asian affairs, with India and Bangladesh playing out the second semifinal on Thursday.

Their opposite number Bairstow - brought in to open for the first time in global cricket in place of the out-of-form Jason Roy - had responded with a battling 43, but on a used pitch that precluded fluent strokeplay as the ball swung too, England could never get a foothold and folded tamely in their attempt to set a defendable total.

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. It is something they appreciate more than most after a 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore turned Pakistan into a "no-go area" for the world's top teams, with the United Arab Emirates now their adopted "home".

England's troubles led to Morgan criticising the conditions at Sophia Gardens, but Sarfraz felt the pitch was "very good" and credited his bowlers with securing the surprise victory. England, who were 128 for two, lost their last eight wickets for just 83 runs.

Openers Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) then helped knock off the inadequate total with nearly 13 overs and eight wickets to spare as England bowed out of their own tournament at the semi-final stage. It was also a period when the Pakistan spinners were in operation and runs were not coming at the pace as expected by England.

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