Having begun their marketing campaign with defeats by India and Zimbabwe, the 2009 champions appeared set to exit the event however nonetheless made the semi-finals after the Netherlands did them an enormous favour by pulling off an upset win towards South Africa.
Pakistan strung collectively 4 victories on the trot to make the ultimate however managed a meagre 137-8 on Sunday after being put in to bat on a tough observe.
Their lion-hearted bowlers decreased England to 45-3 within the sixth over however Afridi damage his proper knee within the thirteenth over when taking catch at lengthy off to dismiss Harry Brook.
“We have been most likely 20 runs brief with the bat however we began properly with the ball within the first six overs and made a comeback within the center overs,” Babar instructed reporters after their five-wicket defeat.
“Sadly, Shaheen obtained injured and that shifted the match in England’s favour. It might have been a unique end result however for Shaheen’s damage.”
Afridi, whose two-over spell of 13-1 included the wicket of England’s in-form opener Alex Hales, returned to the sector after getting therapy however might bowl just one supply earlier than hobbling off.
Spinner Iftikhar Ahmed stepped in to finish the over and was hit for a six and a 4 by Ben Stokes which eased the strain on England.
Babar was proud of how Pakistan returned from the brink of elimination to achieve the ultimate.
“We didn’t begin properly however we grabbed our alternative and gained 4 matches,” he mentioned.
“It is all the time unhappy to achieve the ultimate and never win, and we had the identical end result within the Asia Cup.
“However in fact we’re proud we made the ultimate.”
The opener felt they have been sluggish within the center overs and ultimately settled for a below-par whole.
“We have been going regular within the first 11 overs however shedding back-to-back wickets robbed us of momentum.
“We performed quite a lot of dot balls as a result of our set batsmen obtained out and it was not straightforward for a brand new batter coming in.
“They wanted two to a few balls to settle and that pressured us onto the again foot.”