Skipper Sarfraz always had faith in his charges
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said that he always believed that his team could overcome England and reach the Champions Trophy final.
His team were up for the challenge from early on after electing to bowl first and were unlucky to have an early leg before shout turned down.
Pakistan would bowl brilliantly restricting the flow of runs and knocking England over for 211, a target they chased with ease.
The skipper says his team and management didn’t panic after the heavy defeat to India in the opening game.
Speaking after the match Sarfraz said: “After the India match, we just motivated the guys.
“Don’t worry about the India match. This is gone. We have two matches. If we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament. Now we are in the finals.
“No one recognised us. So I was very happy for my team performance, and all the credit goes to my team management and my players.”
The bowling attack exceeded Sarfraz’s expectations with Hasan Ali bagging three wickets while his fellow quicks Junaid Khan and debutant Rumman Raees claimed two scalps each.
The spinners kept things tight in the middle overs with big hitting Ben Stokes unable to find the boundary in over 60 balls.
The skipper added: “I was not expecting we would bowl them out for 210.
“Yesterday we came here, we had a meeting and we thought if we won the toss we would elect to bowl first and could restrict them to 260, 270. That’s why the target was easy for us.
“Credit goes to the bowlers. They bowled really well, especially in the middle part, starting with Shadab [Khan]. They took Joe Root. Then Hasan came in, and he took a wicket. Then Junaid Khan, Rumman Raees. All credit goes to the bowlers.”
The captain was thrilled with the performance of the youngsters in the team: “I’m very happy about my youngsters performing, especially Hasan who is improving day by day. Shadab is also improving day by day, and now today Fakhar Zaman. He’s playing in his third match, and now he’s batting just like a champion batsman. So I’m really happy about his performance.”
SuperSport Park hopes to host more than 2,000 fans on Boxing Day
India visit for blockbuster Boxing Day Test against South Africa.
Shreyas Iyer set for India Test debut as KL Rahul ruled out
An injury to KL Rahul has paved the way for Shreyas Iyer to make his India Test debut.
Day two of England’s Ashes warm-up match washed out by persistent rain
The first Ashes Test at the Gabba starts on December 8.
First Test: Sri Lanka vs West Indies – Day four Scoreboard
Follow Sri Lanka vs West Indies.
Cheteshwar Pujara looking to continue aggressive trend
India stalwart Cheteshwar Pujara is looking to continue playing more aggressively as he hopes to end his wait for a Test century this week.
Commission receives over 2,000 responses about discrimination
The sport has been engulfed in a racism scandal since Azeem Rafiq spoke out about the abuse he suffered at Yorkshire.
Jahid Ahmed the third former player to make allegations of racism at Essex
Zoheb Sharif and Maurice Chambers have also said they were victims of racist abuse at the club, who have launched an investigation into the claims.
India forced into another change after KL Rahul injury
On the eve of their Test series against New Zealand, India have been dealt another blow with the news that KL Rahul has suffered an injury.
Steve Smith would ‘add to the circus’ as Australia captain – Ian Healy
Former Australia wicketkeeper Ian Healy is of the opinion reinstating ex-captain Steve Smith for the upcoming Ashes series will be a huge mistake.