England Won the ICC T20 World Cup Beating Pakistan

Melbourne: On Sunday (13.11.2022) Britain beat Pakistan by five wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to win their second Twenty20 World Cup title. This is England’s second T20 World Cup win, 12 years after Paul Collingwood’s team had defeated Australia to win the first ICC title in 2010.

Thirty years after losing the 50-over World Cup final to Pakistan at the MCG, England turned the tables on the south Asians with brilliant death bowling and a Ben Stokes half-century that reeled in a modest victory target of 138.

With all-rounder, Sam Curran recording a tightfisted 3-12, Pakistan imploded in the final overs to finish on 137 for eight after being sent in to bat by England captain Jos Buttler.

Pakistan was put to bat first after England skipper Buttler won the toss. Pakistan captain Babar Azam and opening partner Mohammad Rizwan tried to get the team off to a steady start but Curran provided England the early breakthrough as Rizwan chopped onto his stumps for a personal score of 15.

England continued to keep the Pakistan batters on a tight leash, giving away only 39 runs in the powerplay. Babar dropped anchor but wickets kept falling around him as Mohammad Haris (8) failed to get his attacking play to the fore in the summit clash, falling prey to the guile of Adil Rashid.

The heavy rain forecast never hit the MCG as England, led by the unflappable Stokes, reeled in the total with six balls to spare.

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid did the early damage for England with two wickets, including the key scalp of captain Babar Azam for 32, before Pakistan crumbled in the final overs, losing 4-10.

Sealing their second T20 World Cup, England is now the first nation to hold both global white-ball trophies, having won the 50-over World Cup on home soil in 2019.

By Archana

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