Males’s T20 World Cup last, MelbournePakistan 137-8 (20 overs): Masood 38 (28); Curran 3-12, Rashid 2-22England 138-5 (19 overs): Stokes 52* (49); Rauf 2-23England received by 5 wicketsScorecard
England beat Pakistan by 5 wickets in a pulsating last in Melbourne to win the Males’s T20 World Cup and turn out to be double world champions.
Chasing 138 in entrance of a raucous Pakistan-supporting crowd, they fell to 45-3 and 84-4 amid electrical quick bowling.
However, beneath intense strain on the iconic Melbourne Cricket Floor, Ben Stokes wrote himself additional into the folklore of English cricket by ending on 52 not out.
He was there on the finish, as he was within the 2019 50-over World Cup last, as this present white-ball aspect offered one other of English cricket’s best wins.
Because the equation tightened, Stokes capitalised on a merciless harm to Pakistan left-armer Shaheen Afridi and took England to victory with six balls to spare.
The win, thanks largely to an outstanding bowling efficiency from Sam Curran and Adil Rashid, means England turn out to be the primary crew to carry the lads’s 20 and 50-over world titles.
It is usually their second T20 world title following victory within the West Indies in 2010.
Stokes leads England over the road once more
As Stokes pulled away after hitting the successful runs, he roared – his celebration harking back to his different iconic knock within the 2019 Ashes Check at Headingley.
He was quickly mobbed by his team-mates earlier than they ran to have fun in entrance of the few England followers amongst this large crowd of 80,462.
The pitch was tough however England had regarded sturdy favourites after their bowling efficiency restricted Pakistan to 137-8.
England, although, know finals are by no means straightforward. Their expertise at Lord’s in 2019 confirmed that.
Pakistan have the very best tempo assault on the earth and the group erupted as early wickets fell within the chase.
That is additionally a weekend during which England’s Pink Roses misplaced a rugby union World Cup last and the lads’s rugby league aspect have been crushed in a World Cup semi-final.
However Stokes stayed calm all through, even because the equation tightened to a state of affairs the place 41 runs have been wanted from 30 balls, to steer his aspect house along with his first ever T20 worldwide fifty.
His innings additionally banished reminiscences of the 2016 T20 World Cup last, when he was crushed by Carlos Brathwaite’s 4 consecutive sixes within the last over as West Indies took the title.
After a shock defeat by Eire and a washout towards Australia within the group stage, England wanted to win all their remaining video games to raise the trophy, simply as they did within the 2019 50-over World Cup.
Shaheen harm proves essential
Pakistan – and the group – sensed their second when, with 54 wanted from 45, Harry Brook sliced leg-spinner Shadab Khan straight to long-off.
However in taking the catch Shaheen, who had bowled Alex Hales in England’s first over, injured himself – a second that proved essential.
He returned to the sector to bowl the sixteenth however after one supply he limped off the sector.
That left part-time spinner Iftikhar Ahmed to complete the over and Stokes took his likelihood, smacking a 4 by way of additional cowl and a six over long-off to deliver the sport beneath England’s management.
Moeen Ali adopted by hitting seamer Mohammad Wasim for 3 fours within the subsequent over and the end result was all however safe, regardless that Moeen was bowled within the nineteenth over.
Pakistan’s tempo bowlers can take little blame. Haris Rauf had England captain Jos Buttler caught behind for 26 and Phil Salt taken at mid-wicket in an exhilarating spell.
He and Naseem Shah, who by some means went wicketless in 4 sensational overs, did all they may to safe what would have been Pakistan’s second T20 title.
Curran & Rashid star’Excellent’ – Curran takes 3-12 from his 4 overs
England have been equally spectacular with the ball, albeit after a nervy begin from Stokes, who started the match with a no-ball after which a large.
Pakistan’s fearsome opening pair of captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have been surprisingly cagey early on and Rizwan was bowled within the fifth over by Curran for 15.
Leg-spinner Rashid then had the harmful Muhammad Haris caught at long-on along with his first ball and in his third over delivered a vital blow.
Babar had steadily reached 32 however Rashid foxed him with a googly and took a wonderful low return catch. Rashid adopted that with 5 dots to Iftikhar to finish a outstanding wicket-maiden within the warmth of a World Cup last.
From there, Pakistan didn’t get better. They misplaced seven wickets for 53 runs within the final 9 overs.
Curran was deservedly named participant of the event for a sequence of gorgeous performances and as soon as once more his mixture of slower yorkers and bouncers proved nearly unimaginable to hit – he conceded simply 12 runs off his 4 overs.
Shan Masood was Pakistan’s highest scorer with 38 from 32. He chipped Curran to deep sq. leg within the seventeenth over, which allowed Chris Jordan to assist shut out the innings.
Jordan, who retained his place after Mark Wooden did not get better from harm, added the wickets of Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz as solely 18 runs got here from the final 4 overs.