England beat Pakistan by five wickets to win the Men’s T20 World Cup in front of 80,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, becoming the first team to win both the men’s 20 and 50-over world titles simultaneously. It is also their second T20 world title following Eoin Morgan-led victory in the West Indies in 2010. England beat India by 10 wickets at Adelaide Oval to set up this match against Pakistan. Catch live score cricket and more here!
“I feel really good. It has been an amazing night,” England all-rounder Ben Stokes said. “The bowlers have to take credit for restricting them to 137. Sam Curran has done it all tournament and Adil Rashid has turned up at the back end of the tournament when it really matters. That was the best I’ve seen him bowl for England in a T20. Don’t miss IPL table updates and scores today.
Stokes, who bowled England’s catastrophic final over in the 2016 edition of the tournament, led England to victory with six balls to spare following unbeaten 52 off 49 balls, duplicating his superb performance three years ago when England won the one-day World Cup. “I am very proud. You don’t get to win World Cups too often so to win two of them is pretty special,” Stokes added.
In the thrilling final, Pakistan batted first, and although England won the toss and chose to bowl, Pakistan struggled to set a high total under pressure from accurate bowling. Adil Rashid took Babar Azam’s key wicket for just 32 in the 12th over, while Curran, who was named player of the series, conceded just 12 runs during his four over spell, taking three wickets to record impressive figures.
Pakistan’s suffering started when Shaheen Shah Afridi was injured. Part-time off spinner Iftikhar Ahmed was called to complete Shaheen’s over. Stokes took the advantage and hit a four through extra cover and a six over long-off to assure England’s control. Pakistan lost seven wickets for 53 runs in the last nine overs. England attacked in the final four overs to finish the final as champions with six balls to spare.
“It hasn’t sunk in at all obviously. What an unbelievable effort from everyone to win the game. I am a bit speechless,” England captain Jos Buttler said. “It feels really different to 2019. It was a different time, different place and a different group. I am just immensely proud. Both are just incredible.” Buttler now joins Paul Collingwood as the only other England captain to lead a T20 World Cup-winning side.
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