Live Cricket Score: Pakistan vs England, Final, ICC T20 World Cup 2022


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England 138-5 (19 ovs)

Ben Stokes 52 (49)

Pakistan 137-8

Haris Rauf 4-0-23-2

Ben Stokes stroked his maiden T20I half-century

Ben Stokes stroked his maiden T20I half-century © Getty


Pakistani pacers put up a strong show to ensure that the final of the 2022 T20 World Cup was stretched to the final over even as they had a meagre 137 runs to defend against possibly the strong batting line up. However, an injury to Shaheen Afridi, leading him to not bowl 11 deliveries from his quota proved enough for England as they lifted their second T20 world cup with five wickets in hand. Yet again, it was Ben Stokes who saw the team through in a tricky but low run chase with his maiden T20I half-century – an unbeaten 52. However, it was a win which was set up by the English bowlers. Sam Curran returned impressive figures of 3 for 12, while Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan bagged a brace each. With this win, England becomes the first men’s team to simultaneously hold both ODI and T20 World Cups. Just another world cup win for coach Matthew Mott.

The game has moved only one way since Shaheen Afridi left the field. A flurry of boundaries has put the contest firmly in favor of England.12 needed in the last 3 overs

Shaheen Afridi is in pain. He limps out of the ground after bowling one delivery in the 16th over. Iftikhar Ahmed comes in to bowl the remaining deliveries.

WICKETAfter a few tight overs, Pakistan have struck. Harry Brook departs despite an 86-metre hit, caught at long off, handing Shadab Khan is 98th T20I wicket – making him the most successful bowler for Pakistan in the format. The score is close to the DLS par score. Can go any way. 84/4 in 12.3 overs

Deepu has some numbers:Harry Brook vs spin in T20s in Australia: 46 balls, 29 runs, 8 dismissals.

WICKETHaris Rauf is on fire. He gets a second wicket. This time, he has Jos Buttler caught behind. Big wickets. Not to forget, it was Naseem Shah who troubled the England opener and beat him a few times in the fifth over. 49/3 in 6 overs

WICKET Pakistan strikes for the second time in the powerplay. Phil Salt is hurried into a pull by Haris Rauf, and gets a top edge to the short mid wicket fielder. 32/2 in 3.3 overs

Just in case

WICKET Another first over strike for Shaheen Afridi. The left-arm pacer gets the ball to come back in to Alex Hales, hits the pads and goes on to knock over the stumps. 7/1 in 1 over

Jos Buttler and Alex Hales walked out to open the run chase for England. Shaheen Afridi with the new ball

This has been England’s game so far, starting from the toss. Pakistan struggled to find momentum throughout the innings, starting from the fifth over when Mohammad Rizwan was dismissed. Shan Masood helped the side recover briefly, with two promising stands in the company of Babar Azam and Shadab Khan. However, they could never take control of the innings. Adil Rashid and Sam Curran bowled exceptional spells to keep Pakistan to an underwhelming 137 for 8. Curran returned figures of 3 for 12, while Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan bagged a brace each. Is that enough for the Pakistani bowlers to fight with?

Sam Curran finishes his four-over spell with returns of 3 for 12

WICKETAnother strike for England. Shadab Khan gets a top edge as he attempts to pull a short delivery by Chris Jordan, and Chris Woakes takes an easy catch.123/6 in 17.2 overs

WICKET Just when it seemed like Shadab Khan and Shan Masood were helping Pakistan some momentum building towards the death overs, the latter falls holing out to the fielder at deep mid wicket. Sam Curran gets his second wicket. 122/5 in 17 overs

Shan Masood has been hit on his helmet. It has happened previously as well. Kaushik reminds us, “Masood was hit on the back of his head the last time he was here in Melbourne too. In the nets.

WICKETAnother strike for England. Ben Stokes returns to bowl his third over and induces the outside edge of Iftikhar Ahmed’s bat. a regulation catch for the wicketkeeper. 85/4 in 12.2 overs

Adil Rashid has bowled a wicket maiden – the 12th over of Pakistan’s innings

WICKETAdil Rashid strikes yet again. Babar Azam’s struggled stay in the middle comes to an end on a 28-ball 32, top edging a googly back to the bowler. 84/3 in 11.1 overs.

WICKETAdil Rashid is brought into the attack and strikes right away. Mohammad Haris, looking to go for a big shot, fails to connect and gets holed out in the deep. 45/2 in 7.1 overs.

POWERPLAY Quite a cagey six overs.Rizwan is dismissed, Babar is going at run-a-ball and Mohammad Haris has managed to get off the mark after six dot balls with a top edge.39/1 in 6 overs

WICKET Mohammad Rizwan inside edges an away going wobble- seamed delivery by Sam Curran on to his stumps. First strike for England. Just for the record, the 28-run opening stand is the highest at the MCG in this tournament.

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have started to bring out the attacking move. Rizwan swept Chris Woakes for a six over the mid wicket region to begin the assault in the fourth over.28 for no loss in 4 overs

A no ball and a wide.Ben Stokes has made quite a nervous start to the contest

FYI: In case of rain, 1.5 hours can be added today. There’s also a reserve day.

Telford Vice setting the mood: To the MCG for cricket, atmosphere, dreams, and maybe, rain

Mohammad Kaif has a question

TOSS: England have won the toss and elected to bowl.Both teams are playing unchanged XIs.

Pakistan (Playing XI): Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi

England (Playing XI): Jos Buttler (c/wk), Alex Hales, Philip Salt, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid

Kaushik: “Both teams get into a huddle now at different ends of the ground. England’s is a short cursory one, Pakistan’s is still going on. No team is driven as much by emotions as Pakistan.”

While we wait for the toss, here’s something you can read, by Ganesh C, on Pakistan’s latest sensation: Mohammad Haris – A mirror to Pakistan’s heartbeat

You can also check out our match preview: England, Pakistan and ‘one more match’

Kaushik Rangarajan, our reporter at the venue, has some updates for us. He says, “Two mini jeeps with covers are stationed by the pitch. The groundsmen here have been keeping a very close watch on the weather over the last two days, for obvious reasons… it’s cloudy and windy and the locals believe the wind is good, to blow away those clouds.”

At the Melbourne Cricket Ground, in a world cup final between England and Pakistan, for as much as the latter would want to believe, it’s not 1992 as yet. We’re still in 2022, the time machine is far from being invented and the winner of the final yet unknown.

Barring the uncertainty over Mark Wood’s injury, not too many changes are expected in the playing XIs of the two sides.

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