T20 World Cup final
England have wrapped up Pakistan for 137 for eight in the final of the T20 World Cup on Sunday in Melbourne. They now need to score 138 to become the champions of T20Is for the second time. England won the toss and sent Pakistan to bat first. The Babar Azam-led team failed to post a challenging total on the board. They lost wickets at regular intervals and never looked to offer some challenge to the English bowling attack. Sam Curran, the England speedster, continued to shine and bagged three wickets after conceding just 12 runs in four overs. He was the highlight of England’s controlled bowling in the final. Read More: T20 World Cup Final: Rashid hunts Babar as Pakistan struggle Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan have also done well with the ball, picking up two wickets each.Pakistan lost Mohammad Rizwan in the power play, and young Muhammad Haris was also sent back early. From the beginning of their innings, Pakistan's batting lineup has looked sluggish. Curran scalped the first wicket of Rizwan, and then Rashid came to the scene and picked up the wickets of Haris and Babar. Babar was opening his arms, but a googly from Adil did the trick for England. Babar fell for 32 off 28 balls. After Babar’s dismissal, the onus was on Iftekhar Ahmed and Shan Masood to keep the scorecard afloat. But Iftekhar failed to deliver in the final. He had a duck and fell victim to Ben Stokes.Pakistan’s dismal batting continued after that. Shadab Khan scored 20 off 14 balls, but that was enough for them to pass the 150-run mark. They were not even able to score 140 in the final. Read More: T20 World Cup Final: Pakistan to bat first vs England In the first ten overs, Pakistan scored 68 for 2. In the next ten overs, they scored only one more run, losing six more wickets. In the death overs, England's bowlers were as outstanding as they have been throughout the event. Both England and Pakistan have won the T20 World Cup once before. With the kind of batting lineup the English team has, the 138-run target shouldn't be a difficult task for them to win the 2022 T20 World Cup final against Pakistan and register their second title in the format.
Pakistan seems to not be in a rush for the 2022 T20 World Cup final against England in Melbourne. They lost the toss and were sent to bat first. Sam Curran, the best bowler for England in this World Cup so far, bagged the first wicket, and then Adil Rashid came to the scene and picked up the wickets of Haris and Babar Azam. The Pakistani captain was opening his arms, but a googly from Adil Rashid did the trick for England. Babar fell for 32 off 28 balls. Read more: T20 World Cup Final: Pakistan to bat first vs England After Babar’s dismissal, the onus was on Iftekhar Ahmed and Shan Masood to keep the scorecard afloat. But Iftekhar failed to deliver in the final. He had a duck and fell victim to Ben Stokes. After the 13th over, Pakistan were batting at 90 for four. The lower order has to shoulder extra responsibility should Pakistan want to score more than 150 in the 2022 T20 World Cup final against England. Read More: Pakistan vs England T20 World Cup 2022 final Live Streaming: Where and How to watch live, Playing XI
England have won the toss in the final of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Melbourne and sent Pakistan to bat first. This is the first time England and Pakistan are facing off against each other in the final of the T20 World Cup. Read more: Pakistan vs England T20 World Cup Final: Match Preview, H2H Stat, Venue, Probable Playing XI It is going to be reminiscent of the 1992 ODI World Cup final, when these two teams took on each other at the same venue and Pakistan came up victorious. Both England and Pakistan are going to field the same team that played in the semifinals. And both teams have won the title of the T20 World Cup once each. Read more: Pakistan vs England T20 World Cup 2022 final Live Streaming: Where and How to watch live, Playing XI Pakistan (Playing XI): Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (w), Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi England (Playing XI): Jos Buttler (w/c), Alex Hales, Philip Salt, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid England captain Jos Buttler's decision to put Pakistan to bat first in the T20 World Cup final was influenced by the MCG's better record in chases.
England showed their white-ball prowess once again and knocked India out of the T20 World Cup by beating them by a massive margin of 10 wickets in the second semifinal on Thursday in Adelaide. They will now take on Pakistan in the final, who beat New Zealand in the first semifinal on Wednesday and marched to the final. India batted first and posted 168 riding on the fifties from Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya. In reply, Alex Hales and Jos Buttler played down every threat posed by Indian bowlers and sealed the match without losing any wickets. It was a textbook example of an authoritative performance from England. “Pretty disappointed how it turned up today,” Indian Captain Rohit Sharmay said after the match. “We batted well at the backend to get that score. We were not upto the mark with the ball, we couldn't turn up today. It's all about handling the pressure in knockout games.” Read more:T20 World Cup: Kohli, Pandya guide India to 168 in semifinal vs England It seemed to be a testing total for England at the halfway of the match, but Hales and Buttler made it look like cakewalk. Their partnership of 170 in the opening stand is now the best (in the first wicket stand) in England’s history. It is now the third highest-ever chase in the history of T20Is without losing a wicket. And at the same time, it is now the second-best partnership of England (in any wicket) in the format and the second-highest T20 stand against India, and the best-ever opening stand in T20 World Cups. On their way to this partnership, Hales and Buttler surpassed the 143 that was made by Alex Hales and Michael Lumb in 2013 against New Zealand. With this stand, Alex has now been involved in all five of the top opening stands of England. “It will be right up there for sure (referring to his inning),” Hales said after the match. “Huge occasion, India in a semifinal of a World Cup, really happy with the way I played and it is as special as it gets.” With 168 runs to defend, India were never in a position to offer some challenge to England — Hales and Buttler never gave them even a single chance to dominate. Indian fielders were also sloppy in the middle in this match. Read more:T20 World Cup: England send India to bat first in 2nd semifinal England were in top gear throughout the tournament, but suddenly they went supersonic in the semi against India. And that too at a venue where they suffered one of their biggest defeats in history — to Bangladesh in the 1015 World Cup. That defeat knocked them out of that World Cup. Hales ended up scoring 86 off 47 while Buttler made 80 off 49 balls. For India, three bowlers conceded at least 12.5 runs per over while one gave way more than 11 runs per over, and two spent more than 7.5 runs per over. Before the imperious batting efforts from Hales and Buttler, England won the toss and sent India to bat first who posted 168 despite some slow time in the middle in the first 10 overs. India lost Lokesh Rahul early. But Virat Kohli took control of their batting, though, Rohit Sharma was unexpectedly slow at the other end of the wicket. Virat posted 50 off 40 balls whereas Rohit’s contribution was 27 off 28 balls. At the end of the first ten overs, India were at 62 for two, but in the next 10 overs, England leaked so many runs. Most of those runs were scored by an outstanding Hardik Pandya who posted 63 off 33 balls with four fours and six sixes. Read More: Adil Rashid bowled well for them conceding only 20 in four overs. Chris Jordan picked up three wickets but conceded more than 40 runs, Sam Curran also gave way more than 40 runs and failed to bag any wickets in the semi-final match between IND and ENG in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022. “We always want to start fast and aggressively,” Jos Buttler, the English captain said after the match. “Rashid was batting at 11, that's incredible to know that we have such depth. Hales used the dimensions well and he has shown his form. He was brilliant today. It's important to enjoy this, it was a brilliant performance from us.”
New Zealand and Pakistan are all set to take on each other in the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022 tomorrow at the famed Sydney Cricket Ground. New Zealand has demonstrated their passion throughout the tournament whereas Pakistan mostly rode on their fortune. New Zealand marched to the semi as the champions of Group 1 in the Super 12 stage where they beat Australia, Sri Lanka and Ireland, and lost to England. The other match against Afghanistan ended with no result due to bad weather. READ: T20 World Cup 2022: Semifinalists, fixtures, venues, H2H records, probable lineups And Pakistan, on the other hand, experienced a dramatic run in the Super 12 stage. They lost close matches to India and Zimbabwe and were on the verge of elimination. But the Netherlands had created a great opportunity for them by beating South Africa. That historic win of the Netherlands transformed the Super 12 clash between Bangladesh and Pakistan into a virtual quarter-final in which Pakistan defeated the Bangladesh team, and progressed to the semi-final. Now, the South Asian giants are eager to pass the New Zealand challenge to advance to the final of T20 World Cup 2022. The semi-final came as a golden chance for New Zealand as well. Who have played three World Cup finals before and failed to win any of them. Now, once again, they are upbeat to book a final berth and clinch the title. Read: Will Bangladesh directly qualify for 2024 T20 World Cup? Both New Zealand and Pakistan are unbeaten at the Sydney Cricket Ground. New Zealand beat the hosts Australia on this ground while Pakistan dealt with South Africa. Ahead of tomorrow’s semi-final, New Zealand played three T20 World Cup semi-finals before and won only one of them while Pakistan played five T20 World Cup semi-finals and won two of them. The match will begin at 2pm (Bangladesh time) on Wednesday. The second semi-final will be played between the other South Asian giant India and current 50-over champions England on Thursday at 2pm (Bangladesh time) at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.
After being dropped on 17 by Josh Hazlewood, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson smashed 85 off 48 balls to propel his team to a competitive 172/4 in 20 overs against Australia in the T20 World Cup final on Sunday in Dubai. Australia won the toss and opted to bowl first. The teams that fielded first in Dubai in this World Cup have won most of the matches (11 out of 12). That trend might have given Australian captain Aaron Finch the advantage on winning the toss. Williamson's 85 is the highest score by a captain in T20 World Cup finals. Along the way, Williamson surpassed 64 of Sri Lanka’s former captain Kumar Sangakkara (2014). And, it was the joint highest innings by any batsman tied with Marlon Samuel’s 85 not out in 2016. Read:ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Final: Which Players would make it to an Australia-New Zealand Combined T20I XI? During the powerplay, New Zealand remained mostly quiet as they scored 32 for one. In the next 5 overs, the Blackcaps scored only 25 runs without any further loss of wicket. In the 11th over, Williamson hit Mitchell Starc off three fours and amassed 19 runs in that over. When Williamson was on fire, Martin Guptil was slightly slow, but his slow stay in the middle ended off the first ball of the 12th over when he went for the slog-sweep, but couldn’t hit the ball well and caught at the deep mid-wicket area. Williamson picked up his fifty off 32 balls hitting Glenn Maxwell for two sixes in the 13th over. At the end of 15 overs, New Zealand were at 114 for two. In the 16th over, Williamson went after Starc and smashed him off four fours and one six to score 22 runs with a dot. Read:T20 World Cup: Finalists eye maiden title in shortest format However, in the 18th over, Hazlewood scalped two wickets and kept New Zealand down under 180 runs. New Zealand’s highest partnership came in the third wicket when Williamson and Guptil added 68 off 37 balls. The Blackcaps eventually, ended up on 172 for four in 20 overs. They couldn’t hit the ball well in the last two overs when they posted only 23 runs, after Williamson was dismissed.
Both Australia and New Zealand are keeping their goal simple— to win the title— ahead of the final of the ongoing T20 World Cup which is all set to take place on Sunday in Dubai. Australia’s first chance was ruined by England in the final of the 2010 World Cup, but they are determined to grab the one title that eludes them on Sunday. New Zealand, on the other hand, have their first chance after ending heavily-fancied England's run in the semifinal. “It’s one that’s eluded us in the past, and the fact that we are here in the final gives us the best opportunity to rectify that,” Aaron Finch, the Australian captain, said on Saturday. “I think it will be a great game against New Zealand. They are a great side and they have been in all the finals over the last six years.” The final of the 2015 World Cup was the last, and only previous, occasion these two neighbouring countries faced each other in a World Cup final. New Zealand capitulated by seven wickets in Melbourne. The Blackcaps continued their final presence in 2019 when they were narrowly beaten by England on a controversial boundary count that has since been removed from the rules. The final of this year’s T20 World Cup is a fourth straight final for them, at an ICC World Cup event - earlier this year they also played the final of the Test championship, and won it. Read: T20 World Cup 2021 Final: Preview of Australia vs. New Zealand Match Before beating Pakistan in the semifinal, Australia won four of the five matches they played in the Super 12s stage, and New Zealand have also registered as many wins before the semifinal against England. The toss might play a big role in the final. All five of Australia’s wins came when they won the toss and fielded first. A total of 12 matches were hosted by Dubai in this World Cup, and 11 of them were won by the team who batted second. Like most of the matches in this World Cup, the spinners might play a big role in the final as well. Adam Zampa has been one of the best bowlers of the event. He has all the ability to impress in the final. Though Finch, the Australian captain believes that the responsibility does not lie with any one person. “I think like I said before, at some point throughout the tournament, everyone in our XI has had a match-winning contribution, which has been really impressive. I don't think it's down to one person,” Finch added. According to Finch, in a big game like the World Cup final, everyone needs to come up and execute the duty they have. He said: “(To win) everyone to chip in their part and that is a part of the pressure of a final and if it’s your day as an individual, trying to maximize that and go in as big as you can.” New Zealand captain Kane Willaimson is also looking forward to winning the World Cup for his nation. Read: Australia pull off late comeback to kill Pakistan's World Cup dream “It (winning WC) would be some achievement. But you know, where it stands at the moment is there's a game of cricket to play, and for us, it's focusing on that and focusing on our cricket and looking to go out there and implement those things that are important to us,” Williamson said in the pre-final press conference. New Zealand will miss the services of Devon Conway, their wicketkeeper, in the final. He broke his hand after punching his bat out of frustration after getting out against England. “Obviously the loss of Devon is a big one. You know, he's been a big part of all formats for us, and you know, a disappointing and really freak thing to happen. But for us, it's keeping our focus on the task, and all the players really excited with the opportunity tomorrow to go out,” Williamson added. Before the World Cup final, New Zealand and Australia faced each other in 14 T20Is with Australia winning nine of those, and losing only four. But this stat is unlikely to play a major role when the two teams lock horns in the final.