ICC Champions Trophy: Sarfraz Ahmed credits bowlers after Pakistan knock England out

first_imgPakistan came out guns blazing to knock the tournament favourites England out in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy on Wednesday.Opting to field first, Pakistan pacers bowled with precision to bundle out England for a below par 211 in 49.5 overs. Hasan Ali was the pick of the bowlers with three for 35 and was also adjudged the Man of the Match. Fellow pacers Junaid Khan and debutant Rumman Raees also chipped in with two wickets apiece.In reply, Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) toyed with he English attack and put up a solid 118-run opening stand as Pakistan raced to the target in only 37.1 overs with eight wickets in hand .”Credit goes to the bowlers and then the batsmen finished really well. Rumman bowled very well today. We decided to adapt to conditions, we knew if we could restrict them to 250-60, we could chase it,” Sarfraz said at the post match presentation ceremony.Sarfraz also had a special word of praise for Hasan, whose bowling performance fired Pakistan into their first-ever Champions Trophy final.”He (Hasan Ali) is very energetic and he is bowling well. If he takes wickets for us in the final that will help us for sure,” he added.Pakistan had started their campaign on a demoralising note when India thrashed them by 124 runs at Edgbaston. However, they then stunned world No.1 South Africa by Duckworth-Lewis-Stern scoring method before Sarfraz’s heroics against Sri Lanka helped them advanced to the semi-finals.The Pakistan skipper thanked team management for boosting their morale.advertisement”After the India game, the credit goes to the team management how they boosted us. Every game was a knockout game. Today as well they told us to not think about the match and just play the natural game. That helped us,” he said.Pakistan await the winners of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh in the summit clash on Super Sunday.”Both teams are playing really well, all the best to them (India and Bangladesh),” he concluded.last_img read more