Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed proud of young guns’ show vs England

Pakistan cricket team thrashed England cricket team by eight wickets with 12.5 overs to spare at Sophia Gardens on Wednesday to reach the final of the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 15, 2017 01:04 IST
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Pakistan cricket team's Junaid Khan celebrates with teammates after getting the wicket of England cricket team's Jos Buttler, caught by Sarfraz Ahmed, during their ICC Champions Trophy semifinal on Thursday. (Reuters)

Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed was understandably proud of his inexperienced team following their unexpected and emphatic eight-wicket victory over hosts England cricket team in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals on Wednesday. (Highlights)

Pakistan, the lowest-ranked side in the tournament, lost heavily to India in their opening match but victories over South Africa and Sri Lanka sent them into the last four. (Scorecard)

“After the first loss we were very down, but credit goes to the team management,” Sarfraz told a news conference. “They boosted us up really well. I’m very happy about how my youngsters are performing.”

Pakistan, without their leading fast bowler Mohammad Amir due to injury, bowled England out for 211 with 23-year-old seamer Hasan Ali taking three wickets to earn the man-of-the-match award.

“Credit goes to the bowlers,” Sarfraz said. “They bowled really well, especially in the middle part. Hasan is improving day by day.”

Sarfraz is confident about Pakistan’s chances in their first Champions Trophy final on Sunday when they will face local rivals India or Bangladesh.

“I said after the loss to India if we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament. Now we are in the final,” he said.

Sarfraz is hoping Amir will be fit for the showcase game at The Oval.

“I think he (Amir) has a little bit of back spasm,” Sarfraz said. “Hopefully, he will recover for the final. He’s our best strike bowler.”

First Published: Jun 15, 2017 01:02 IST