England has defeated Pakistan by five wickets in the ICCT20 World Cup final.
The English team achieved the target of 138 runs for the loss of five wickets in the 19th over. Ben Stokes played an important role in his team’s victory and remained not out with 51 runs. Haris Rauf took two wickets for Pakistan.
England won the toss and elected to bowl first in Melbourne on Sunday, which turned out to be just right. Pakistan team could score only 137 runs in 20 overs. Shan Masood was outstanding with 38 runs and Babar Azam with 32 runs. On behalf of England, Sam Curran got three wickets while bowling brilliantly, while Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan dismissed two players each.
Chasing a small target of 138 runs, when England’s aggressive openers took to the field, the semi-final against India might have been in everyone’s eyes, but Shaheen Shah Afridi overshadowed those scenes with his bowling and Alex in the first over. Bolded the heels.
Even after the initial loss, Jose Buttler did not stop and hit three fours in one over of Naseem Shah. He was also supported by Phil Salt with two fours, but he could not stay on the wicket for long and was caught by Iftikhar Ahmed off the ball of Haris Rauf.
Haris Rauf did not stop taking wickets and dismissed the dangerous batsman Jos Buttler for 26 runs.
After the fall of three wickets, Ben Stokes and Harry Brooke supported their team and pushed the score forward cautiously. A partnership of 39 runs was formed between the two. Shadab Khan, who has been taking wickets for his team throughout the tournament, did not disappoint today and caught Harry Brook out for 20 runs in his last over.
Pakistani openers started the innings cautiously on the bouncy wicket of Melbourne. Swing and bounce did not allow Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan to play openly. Pakistan’s first boundary came in the fourth over when Rizwan hit an inbound delivery from Chris Woakes for a beautiful six. However, in the fifth over, Mohammad Rizwan was bowled by scoring 15 runs on an in-swinging delivery by Sam Kiran.
When Mohammad Haris, who is famous for his aggressive batting, came to the wicket, the English bowlers troubled him a lot due to the bounce of the wicket. For the same trouble and a big hit, Haris caught Ben Stokes in an attempt to hit Adil Rashid for a six. He scored only eight runs.
Captain Babar Azam, who had been at the wicket for 11 overs, was hoping to make a big score after being set, but once again Adil Rashid came to his team’s rescue. He did a googly which got a little bounce and Babar didn’t understand anything and he was caught by Adil Rashid. The Pakistani captain played a slow innings of 32 runs off 28 balls with the help of two fours.
Iftikhar Ahmed, who came in at number five, was sent off by Ben Stokes to Safarir Pavilion.
Shan Masood increased the pace of runs along with Shadab Khan. When both were on the wicket, Pakistan’s score was expected to reach close to 170 at one point, but England captain Jos Buttler captained well and used his bowlers well. He used Sam Curran to break the partnership, who caught Shaun Masood out. He scored 38 runs off 28 balls with the help of two fours and a six.
After Shaan Masood, Shadab Khan also did not stay on the wicket for long and was caught out after scoring 20 runs off the ball of Chris Jordan. Sam Curran’s good bowling continued and he also dismissed Mohammad Nawaz in his last over.
Pakistan’s top order or lower order were troubled by England’s bowlers and completely failed in hard hitting. In the 20th over, Chris Jordan also dismissed Mohammad Wasim Jr.
Pakistani batsmen looked to struggle throughout the overs. He played 48 dot balls. It was as if the team was playing without a plan. Pakistan’s innings included a total of eight fours and two sixes.