Cardiff pitch gave 'home advantage' to Pakistan: Eoin Morgan

In one of the biggest upsets of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Pakistan knocked out hosts England in the first semi-final at Cardiff and former England captain Nasser Hussain believes Eoin Morgan chose the wrong moment to go all guns blazing against Hasan Ali.

England, previously the only unbeaten team left in the eight-strong one-day global tournament and huge favourites to defeat Pakistan, were bowled out for just 211 in Cardiff on Wednesday.

"Going into today's game knowing that we were going to play on a used wicket potentially brought Pakistan's game closer to their home", said Morgan.

Talking about conditions and wicket, the England captain said that there was no home advantage for his team in the game.

Meanwhile Sarfraz said: "England are a good team so we have to play positive cricket against them".

Pakistan's rise means they will automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup, leaving the race between West Indies and Sri Lanka.

England's batsmen - who have dazzled in the two years following the 2015 World Cup, scoring over 300 a world-leading 23 times - were bowled out for just 211 in the face of some quality seam bowling in Cardiff.

England laboured to 211 all out in the face of another probing display from the Pakistan attack - this time missing the injured Mohammad Amir - before the target was knocked off with almost 13 overs to spare.

"Pakistan did that extremely well and full credit to them".

Morgan, however, did give credit to Pakistan for their victory, especially their bowlers.

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There is no way England could have lost in the Champions Trophy.

"I think we will have to evolve over the next two years in the lead-in to the World Cup, but we're moving in the right direction".

"I think he (Amir) has a little bit of back spasm".

He wrote that he had said that it would depend which kind of Pakistan turned up for the match and the team answered that one emphatically.

"I think we played very good".

I didn't see England's eight-wicket Champions Trophy defeat to Pakistan in Cardiff coming.

In the final, Pakistan will face the victor of the second semi final that will be played between India and Bangladesh, on Thursday.

"After India, every game was a knockout game, I said to the players to just play your game".

The job was completed by Babar and Mohammad Hafeez after Pakistan's other opener was bowled by Jake Ball for 76.

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