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Sarfraz happy to 'prove critics wrong' after historic win

Pakistan suffered a blow as Mohammad Amir was ruled out of their Champions Trophy semi-final against England at Cardiff on Wednesday.

And a closer look helps you understand that they don't do something extravagant to win matches.

Pakistan will now play the victor of Thursday's second semi between India or Bangladesh in Sunday's final at the Oval.

Earlier, Pakistan bowlers led by Hasan Ali put up a quality display to restrict England to 211 runs in 49.5 overs.

Zaman and Ali add 45 runs together for the first wicket, with the former scoring the bulk of those runs.

"Credit goes to the bowlers and the batters who finished it very well", said Sarfraz at the presentation ceremony.

"We left ourselves short adapting to conditions".

"I think (Hasan) had a little bit shin problem, but he's okay and bowling extremely well for us", the skipper said. "250/270 would have been".

Throughout the tournament, England has been unbeaten and up to the expectations but it is Pakistan which has surprised the World. Left-hander Fakhar hit a six - something England didn't manage in their entire innings - when a top-edge off fast bowler Mark Wood flew safe.

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Morgan believes that experience, on the same strip prepared for this match, played its part - and spelled out that England did not take unpredictable Pakistan lightly.

In reply to England's modest 211, Pakistan got off to a great start with their young opener Fakhar Zaman doing the damage once again.

Moeen, who has two ODI centuries under his belt, could have got England back into the game had he stayed longer but his dismissal in the 39th over only brought despair to the hosts.

Sarfraz Ahmed's Pakistan team had the lowest ranking entering the Champions Trophy, and was pilloried after a disappointing opening loss that had critics suggesting it couldn't advance beyond the group stage.

But just three days later Pakistan, the lowest-ranked side in a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global teams bounced back to defeat number one South Africa.

But the way Pakistan collapsed to 162 for seven chasing 237 in their virtual "quarter-final" against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday before winning by three wickets would have given England a degree of hope. Not a single six was hit in their innings.

Joe Root has been super consistent for them while the likes of Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales and Ben Stokes were also among the runs.

Junaid Khan and Raees picked up two wickets each whereas Shadab Khan picked up one followed by Hasan who took three scalps. The hosts started solidly to reach 118-2 in their first 25 overs and then lost eight wickets for 93 runs in the next 25. "Hasan is improving day by day".

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