Melbourne: After a thriller encounter between England and Pakistan in the T20 World Cup final, England won against the men in green by 5 wickets.
Pakistan batting first set a total of 138 runs on a tricky Melbourne pitch, which was chased by England in 19 overs after a thriller.
After losing three early wickets in the powerplay Ben stokes took control of the chase and made an unbeaten half-century that made the English team reach the total against the furious Pakistani bowling lineup.
Pakistani pacers were off to an amazing start taking the wicket of in-form batsman Alex Hales courtesy of a brilliant in-swinger by Shaheen Shah Afridi.
The 25-run partnership between Captain Jos Buttler and Phil Salt ended in the result of fearless bowling from Haris Rauf, as he took the wicket of Salt at 10, which was followed by the wicket of Buttler at 26 from 20 deliveries.
Pakistani bowlers tried their best in creating difficulties for the English men, but Shaheen’s injury turner the dynamics of the match as it turned in the favor of England after 13 runs in just 5 deliveries against Iftikhar Ahmed who was invited to bowl Shaheen’s over.
England with 5 wickets down chased the total leaving an over behind and became the T20 World Champion for the second time after 2010.
In a post-match presentation ceremony, the runner-up captain Babar Azam said: “The way the team has gone in the last four matches was incredible. I told the boys to play their natural game, with freedom”
“We were 20 runs short, but the fight to the last over was unbelievable. Our bowling is one of the best but unfortunately, Shaheen’s injury cost us a different result, but that’s part of the game,” said the Pakistani skipper.
The winning team Captain lauded the performance of all-rounder Ben Stokes as he said: “He is the ultimate competitor. In anything he does, a hell of a lot of experience to bank on, he timed it perfectly, the impetus he and Moeen had taken it away from Pakistan”.
“This is the icing on the cake, to win the T20 World Cup, just immensely proud. A long journey and a few changes, but we’re reaping the rewards. Fantastic tournament” Butler added.
After the victory, the English team made history of being crowned as the champions of both 50 and 20 overs World Cups as they won the ODI World Cup against New Zealand in 2019 which was followed by a T20 World Cup win today against Pakistan.