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Waqar Younis slammed a suggestion by England captain Eoin Morgan that a used pitch had been responsible for their downfall after Pakistan thrashed the tournament hosts by 8 wickets in a dramatically one-sided ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final at Cardiff on Wednesday. Pakistan bowled England out for just 211, in an era where 300 is considered a ODI ‘par score’, after captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and fielded. They then cruised to their victory target finishing on 215 for 2 with a massive 77 balls to spare. Full Cricket Scorecard, Pakistan vs England, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, 1st semi-final, Cardiff

“Coming from Edgbaston which was a good wicket to a used wicket, we didn’t adapt very well,” Morgan told Sky Sports. That prompted Pakistan fast-bowling great Waqar and he came back with a fierce tweet

Pakistan had played in Cardiff on Monday, beating Sri Lanka in what was a virtual quarter-final, and Morgan added: “Pakistan did that (adapt) extremely well and full credit to them. They outplayed us today on this wicket. I don’t think we were simply used to it. We did prepare like we were going to play on a used wicket. Pakistan bowled well but we didn’t manage to adjust with the bat. Two hundred isn’t a competitive score”, stated Morgan.

Pakistan could face arch-rivals India in Sunday’s final at the Oval if the title-holders beat Bangladesh in Thursday’s second semi-final at Edgbaston.