England crumble to 211 all out against Pakistan

England crumble to 211 all out against Pakistan

England move on to a Twenty20 series against South Africa next week, but the disappointment of this defeat could linger for some time.

The winners executed the ideal game as they chased down their opponents' opening total, and they comfortably won the match by eight wickets in Cardiff, Wales.

On the other hand, Pakistan have played as per their unpredictable tag. He's the 3rd to score that many after Bell (5416) and Collingwood (5092). England suffered a batting collapse as they bundled out for 211 with 1 ball to spare.

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.

Midway through the England innings, the game was delicately poised. England selectors look like they've bitten the bullet with the form of Jason Roy as he is expected to be dropped for the semi-final clash in favor of Jonny Bairstow.

From there, though, Pakistan were imperious.

He was all praise for pacer Hasan Ali, who took a three wicket haul for the third time in a row.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Pakistan took the early wicket of Alex Hales for 13 and that set the tone for the England innings.

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England ground to a near standstill as their last eight wickets fell for 83, and Ben Stokes found himself batting entirely out of character without hitting a single boundary from his 64 balls.

The introduction of Junaid Khan helped Mohammad Amir put more pressure on opposition while Hasan Ali was always there to provide breakthroughs to his captain.

He shared 118 with Azhar before being stumped off Rashid, leaving Azhar to snuff out any hopes of an England revival in a stand of 55 with Babar Azam.

After a meek and meagre display in their opening match of the tournament against India, Pakistan were labelled "shambolic" and "terrible" by coach Mickey Arthur but have shone ever since. England is the team to beat in this tournament.

"One of the huge contributing factors towards topping our table and playing very good cricket in the group stages is that we've stayed true to what we believe in and what's worked for us the last couple of years, and I think that's the continued formula for the future", Morgan said.

While Pakistan's bowlers thrived on the slow wicket at Sophia Gardens, the same could not be said for England as all their key batsmen got in before throwing away their wickets.

For England, don't get complacent.

On a Cardiff ground where they chased more than 300 to beat England in an ODI a year ago, Pakistan completed yesterday's pursuit with a mammoth 77 balls to spare when Mohammad Hafeez pulled Stokes for four.