Pakistan's success proves why Champions Trophy is no more about the rankings

Bairstow set to open for England today

Bairstow set to open for England today

Former Pakistani cricketer Aamer Sohail has alleged that the Pakistan cricket team only made it to the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy due to "external factors", a seemingly indirect reference to match-fixing.

The underdog carried their form and delivered an inspired all-round performance to defeat "so-called favourite" England in a one-sided Champions Trophy semi-finals.

Pakistan, who suffered a 124-run thrashing by arch-rivals India in their opening group game then cruised to their meagre victory target with a mammoth 77 balls to spare.

Despite the defeat, captain Morgan was quick to point out there was no issues with the attitude in the England camp. But certainly dictating it in a certain way, if you were relating to the final that we played in, was a bit farfetched really. "We've played some really good cricket throughout the whole of this summer, and it was frustrating not being able to do it (in the semi-final)".

"We left ourselves short today adapting to conditions".

I thought - you know, probably every partnership we had struggled to take, I suppose, initiative to the Pakistan bowlers.

While oozing with skill, Pakistan lacks discipline, composure and the ability to handle pressure - something that must be drilled into them by the coaching staff.

"One thing we didn't do was adapt to conditions; coming from Edgbaston to a used wicket, Pakistan did that well and played better", Morgan said during the post-match presentations.

"What we've seen is pretty meek and timid performance today".

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.

Morgan promised that the humbling loss to Pakistan would not change his team's approach as they continue to prepare for the 2019 World Cup.

"Having watched the game against Sri Lanka, we actually didn't think it was that bad. I felt like we were trying to take a positive option against them, but the conditions didn't allow us to do that". "This doesn't feel great at the minute but there's a lot of cricket still to play this summer, and we've got to make sure we're right for that". Read Also: India vs Pakistan: Most memorable moments " If asked, I will say that the prayers of the fans and God has won them the games.

Fakhar reached his 50 off 49 balls before being stumped by Buttler off Rashid for 57 but Azhar and Babar Azam calmly continued to milk runs all around the ground as England's bowlers ran out of ideas. This is gone. "We have two (more group) matches".

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