Pakistan vs England, Final, ICC Men's T20 World Cup - England beat Pakistan by 5 wickets to claim T20 World Cup
Chasing 138, England beat Pakistan in a low-scoring contest to win the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup by five wickets, with six balls to spare.
England were crowned the new T20 World Champion after they beat Pakistan by five wickets in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday.
This was England's second T20 World title after they won the first time in 2010 under Paul Collingwood's captaincy and become the first dual white-ball champions, holding both the 50 and 20-over titles at the same.
After being asked to bat, Pakistan posted 137 for eight in their 20 overs and in their response England chased down the target in 19 overs to finish on 138 for five.
Earlier, Pakistan had a cautious start to their innings. Captain Babar Azam added 39 runs for the third wicket with Shan Masood. The innings appeared to be back on track. But Pakistan lost Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed in quick succession. The innings never really recovered from those two blows as they struggled at 85 for four. Masood added 36 runs for the fifth wicket with Shadab Khan. Then post that the innings simply nosedived as they were restricted to 137 for eight in their 20 overs. For England the best bowlers were Sam Curran (3-12), Adil Rashid (2-22) and Chris Jordan (2-27).
In their chase, England lost Alex Hales early. Phil Salt fell soon after. Skipper Jos Buttler fell with the score on 45. At that stage, England needed a partnership. They got that through a 39 run fourth wicket stand between Ben Stokes and Harry Brook. Any further doubts in the chase was wiped away when Stokes joined forces with Moeen Ali. Stokes and Ali added 48 runs for the fifth wicket. In the end, England chased down the target in 19 overs. Stokes remained unbeaten on 52 off 49 balls with five boundaries and a six. Pakistan was unlucky not to have the services of Shaheen Afridi as he struggled to finish his third over. For Pakistan the best bowler was Haris Rauf (2-23).
Pakistan: 137-8 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Mohammad Rizwan-4.2 ov), 2-45 (Mohammad Haris-7.1 ov), 3-84 (Babar Azam-11.1 ov), 4-85 (Iftikhar Ahmed-12.2 ov), 5-121 (Shan Masood-16.3 ov), 6-123 (Shadab Khan-17.2 ov), 7-129 (Mohammad Nawaz-18.3 ov), 8-131 (Mohammad Wasim-19.3 ov)
England: 138-5 (19)
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Alex Hales-0.6 ov), 2-32 (Phil Salt-3.3 ov), 3-45 (Jos Buttler-5.3 ov), 4-84 (Harry Brook-12.3 ov), 5-132 (Moeen Ali-18.2 ov)
Chasing 138, England beat Pakistan in a low-scoring contest to win the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup by five wickets, with six balls to spare. They were clearly the best side on the park today and crowned as the champions, with their superman Ben Stokes (52 not out), showing once more of his quality as a man for the big occasion.
The two teams – England & Pakistan – unchanged from their semi-final triumphs. Pakistan in particular have not been able to separate themselves from their age old tag of unpredictable, excitable and roller coaster. The two teams, both nearing their best in the present tournament, had previously locked their horns, at this venue in that famous 50-over game back in 1992. Today though Jos Buttler’s walked out as a touch favourite, following their 10-wicket thrashing of India in the semi-final.
The Powerplay clearly went England’s way and with 18 dot balls to their credit, they restricted the score to 39-1, with Pakistan batsmen getting used to a double-paced wicket. Mohammad Haris, having led his team’s resurgence with fearless batting, erred in his judgement by charging down the wicket to Adil Rashid’s first delivery. Today wasn’t his day. England’s wrist spinner is a match-winner in the shortest format and his final figures of 2-22 off 4 overs was a great contribution on this big stage.
50 was reached in 8 overs and Pakistan were looking to accelerate by much improved running and would reach 68-2 after 10 overs. England were more than happy with the present scenario, having made smart views with bowling options. Babar Azam’s dismissal was poor for a batsman of his calibre as Rashid bowled a wicket-maiden to peg back Pakistan to 84-3 off 11 overs. England were buoyed to send back the dangerous Iftikhar Ahmed, without scoring. The shuffling of the bowlers was done so well by England captain and he will look back with great pride.
Pakistan 106-4 after 15 overs, were well behind their desired target. Now all depended on Shan Masood and all-rounder Shadab Khan and both missed very little in placing the ball and running for twos and threes. Their stand of 36 runs in 4.1 overs was easily the highest Shan’s 38 off 28 balls with two fours and a six, came to an end as he tried to go over the field and Pakistan were 121-5 in the 17th over. The batting side were simply not allowed to shift their gears and Sam Curran had fantastic and fully deserved figures of 3-12 off his four overs. Another top-class performance and Pakistan could not go beyond 137-8, with no answer to England’s meticulous and clinical work in the outfield.
Pakistan were up against it when they took the field, in defence of a meagre total. Alex Hales’ dismissal by Shaheen Afridi in the opening over did lift the crowd and Pakistan supporters wanted more of the same. Skipper Buttler timing the ball sweetly found the boundary quite frequently and raced to 20 off his first 10 balls faced. England batsmen continued to capitalize in six-over powerplay and had scored 49, though the loss of Buttler to a beauty from Haris Rauf had given Pakistan a vital breakthrough.
With four world-class bowlers up his sleeves, Babar had to be at his best with their rotation and he chose to turn to spin with the seventh over. At the end of the 10th over, England 77-3, only needed another 61 off 60 balls and well on their way to lifting the T2O World Cup, their first since 2010. Pakistan tightened the scoring from this point onward and by conceding just 12 runs in 4 overs, left England still to get 49 runs off last 36 balls. The game was now in balance and Naseem Shah, though wicket-less was superb and almost unplayable.
80,000 plus crowd was in for a treat when the equation of 41 needed off 30 balls was flashed on the screen. Shaheen’s knee injury, after catching Harry Brook, at a crucial stage was a clear advantage to England and they had Ben Stokes take a four and a six off Iftikhar Ahmed to ease the pressure. His partner Moeen Ali too was determined to hang in there and suddenly Pakistan had gone flat. The left-handed pair survived some nervous moments and that proved key. Pakistan bowlers fought to the end with a below-par total and was not to be blamed for a narrow defeat.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi
England: Jos Buttler (captain & wicket-keeper), Alex Hales, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid
Toss: England, elected to field
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Start time: 0800 hrs GMT
Match officials: Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus (On-field Umpires); Chris Gaffaney (TV Umpire); Paul Reiffel (Reserve Umpire); Ranjan Madugalle (Match-referee)
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