At the moment, the deciding match for the Twenty20 World Cup is taking place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between England and Pakistan.
After making the decision to field first, the English bowlers were successful in containing Pakistan’s score to a below-average 137/8 in 20 overs, largely because to Sam Curran’s three-wicket haul.
However, England’s fielding was a touch sloppy, and the score could have been even lower if they had simply capitalised on the opportunities they were given. During the 18th over, England had the opportunity to run someone out and catch the ball at the same time, but they failed to do either.
Harry Brook misplayed a legitimate catch at point on the fourth delivery of the over, and then Chris Jordan failed to take advantage of a run-out opportunity after collecting the throw.
Pakistan was able to gain an advantage of three runs thanks to a comedic string of blunders, including two overthrows.
For England, Curran had a bowling performance of 3/12, and both Adil Rashid and Jordan took a pair of wickets each. Jordan also took two.
Both Babar Azam and Shan Masood smashed 32 off of 28 balls to lead Pakistan in scoring. Shan Masood’s total of 38 was the highest.
Despite the fact that batsman Dawid Malan and pace bowler Mark Wood are still not fit to play, England’s 50-over World Cup champions have named an unchanged side for the Twenty20 World Cup. This means that Phil Salt and Chris Jordan will continue to play for the team. England won the Twenty20 World Cup in 2010.
In the same manner as England, Pakistan has kept their Twenty20 team the same that they competed with in the 2009 event in the hopes of earning their second T20 title.
Jos Buttler, who also serves as the team’s captain, Alex Hales, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, and Adil Rashid make up England’s batting lineup.
Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi