Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Abbas urges Pakistan to take revenge against India

Abbas urges Pakistan to take revenge against India

"But certainly today it was - coming from Edgbaston (against Australia), it was obviously a big jump in pace and bounce and too much of anask for us to adjust to really".

England, who were brilliant in the group stages, wasted a steady start, thanks to the immaculate line and length of the bowlers, who were right on the coin throughout the match.

They collapsed, however, on a sluggish pitch from 128 for two in sunny conditions which normally favour batsmen and the bowlers failed to fix the damage as Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali shared a stand of 118 to lead Pakistan to their target.

Pakistan were all out for 109 but then bowled out India for 71 on an under-prepared pitch.

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Now India are returning to an Edgbaston ground where they launched their title-defence with a 124-run hammering of arch-rivals Pakistan.

For England, Joe Root (46), Jonny Bairstow (43) and Ben Stokes (34) were the major contributors to the cause.

Chasing a below-par 212, the Green Brigade rode on a brilliant 118-run opening stand between Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) before Babar Azam (38 not out) and Ali helped the team with a 55-run second-wicket stand to set their date with the victor of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh, on Sunday.

Medium-fast Rumman Raees took 2-44 off nine overs on an impressive ODI debut, being called up late to replace Mohammad Amir.

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"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. "Hopefully, he will recover for the finals", Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said. Full credit to them, they outplayed us on this wicket. "The bowlers did extremely well and got us in a very good position".

Morgan's men reached 128 for two but faltered alarmingly to be bowled out for 211 as Hasan Ali (three for 35) exemplified an outstanding performance from the visitors' attack on a dry surface which suited them ideally. The southpaw ended hitting seven fours and a six, that came off a top edge over the wicketkeeper.

0 Instances of England going without a six for 25 overs since the last World Cup.

Babar Azam (38) and Mohammad Hafeez (31) just completed the formalities after the fall of the duo and the game was over in the first ball of the 38th over.

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Three-time semifinalist Pakistan made two changes - bringing in Raees and legspinner Shadab Khan for seamer Fahim Ashraf - from the team which survived a batting collapse to beat Sri Lanka on the same pitch in Cardiff on Monday.

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