Morgan blames pitch as England crash out

Yuvraj Singh was brilliant with bat and ball in the 2011 World Cup

"All we can do now is keep looking towards that World Cup and use this as a really good platform". They adjusted to conditions extremely well, and the wicket was obviously slow and low and hard to get away to start with. It wasn't sort of wrong tactics or anything? "I felt like we were trying to take a positive option against them, but the conditions didn't allow us to do that".

Ben Stokes took 30 balls over his first 10 runs but wickets kept falling at the other end.

Their opposite number Bairstow - brought in to open for the first time in worldwide cricket in place of the out-of-form Jason Roy - had responded with a battling 43, but on a used pitch that precluded fluent strokeplay as the ball swung too, England could never get a foothold and folded tamely in their attempt to set a defendable total. "The fact that he was quite sluggish at the start - I was as well, and given I've been in reasonable form of late, I thought it was quite tough".

It was a used pitch but you should be able to play on all kinds of surface at this level. Amir was sidelined with a back spasm, having been a key figure in Pakistan's win against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday. "Getting England out for 211 is never easy because they have a wonderful balance to their side and we knew if we didn't take wickets they would score heavily", he added.

"It's very frustrating but if we're being brutally honest, we weren't at our best and I think it would be wrong to hide behind excuses", Root said. It also managed just 15 boundaries against Pakistan's disciplined bowlers.

"We can make excuses, we can say the wicket was more favourable to Pakistan. We just have to play good cricket", said the Bangladesh skipper in the pre-match post conference. "Certainly over the next couple of weeks I'll get my head around that and all the challenges it will bring". "We adapted to conditions, we knew if we restrict them we could easily chase it down.Every game is a knockout game and I told my boys to play their game and not worry about the result".

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"There is always big hype surrounding the semi-final matches but we have to stick to our game".

Bangladesh is the TAB's $5 rank outsider in its semi-final against India tonight, but such is the unpredictable nature of 50-over cricket that the price looks generous. The same's happened again today. There's no home advantage for any side.

Thanks to openers' first hundred stand of the tournament, the inconsistent Pakistan middler order was not tested much. That the home side should enjoy that? "It is a great achievement for them to do so at the opponent's home ground".

Bayliss admits next week's T20 series against South Africa offers England's next generation a chance to stake a claim for the 2019 World Cup. "Now we are in the final".

Kohli added India would field the same team that rolled over South Africa by eight wickets on Thursday. Do you think you'll be stronger for the experience? By the 32nd over, when Hasan Ali returned for his second spell, the ball was reversing and Eoin Morgan nicked off to leave England 141 for four. "It's good the way the game is evolving", he said.

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