Pakistan and England will face each other in the T20 World Cup final in Melbourne on Sunday.
The final match of this tournament, which has been going on for almost three weeks, will decide who will be the champion of the T20 World Cup.
This match will take cricket fans around the world back almost thirty years when the Pakistan cricket team led by an inspired Imran Khan won a cricket title for the first time in ODI World Cup.
The sidebar also lost Pakistan’s first match of the tournament – against India.
On the final day of the group stage, they secured a place in the semi-finals by leading by one point. It did not end there, Pakistan defeated New Zealand in the semi-final to confirm the final.
Beat England by 22 runs in Melbourne.
Atif Nawaz wrote, ‘Will it happen again this time?’
According to Atif Nawaz, ‘Pakistanis fell in love with cricket that year.
Pakistan fast bowling vs England batting
The way England started chasing 168 runs in the semi-final against India, at one stage it seemed 160-70 why Jos Buttler and Alex Hales will chase 200 runs very easily.
These two are in such form, India’s bowlers did not get any chance in the semi-finals.
One hundred and seventy runs were removed with four overs left by England’s two openers.
Jos Buttler is batting at an average of 49 in five matches with a strike rate of 143. He was also a star performer with the bat in the 2021 T20 World Cup.
On the other hand, Alex Hales, this World Cup is more special for this opener.
Jonny Bairstow’s sudden injury and Jason Roy’s poor form with the bat have given Alex Hales a chance to take the field after three years in the England jersey.
Hales scored 211 runs in five matches.
He is now the highest run-scorer for England in this World Cup, he played an innings of 86 not out in the semi-final against India.
T20 World Cup Pakistan’s fast bowling line-up
In front of this batting line-up, will have a big responsibility in the final stage.
Shaheen Shah Afridi is in great form after returning from injury.
Shaheen Shah Afridi has gradually regained his form in this World Cup.
After conceding 34 runs in 4 overs against India in the first match, he never managed 30 runs in any match.
After three wickets for 14 runs against South Africa, and two wickets for 22 runs against Bangladesh, New Zealand’s two key batsmen, Finn Allen and Kane Williamson, were dismissed for just 24 runs in the semi-final.
Shaheen took 10 wickets by bowling six matches, giving runs like 6 per over.
Nasim Shah, who played the first international T20 cricket in the Asia Cup this year, has taken himself to a unique level in death over bowling.
In terms of slower bouncers, in particular, Pakistan conceded just two fours in the last five overs in the semi-final against New Zealand.
Pakistan has had one of the lowest economic rates since the start of the Super Twelve phase. Pakistan’s bowlers gave six and a half runs per over.
All other teams conceded at least seven runs per over.
In the semi-final match, Pakistan did not give any wide balls or no balls in the entire twenty overs.
But this Pakistan lost against Zimbabwe in the current World Cup. Gave two wide balls and a no-ball in the last over against India.
The Pakistan team is now not only in tension but also trying to be perfect in terms of performance.
T20 World Cup Return of Babar-Rizwan
In the semi-final match against New Zealand, Pakistan’s popular opening pair – Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan scored a hundred runs.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have scored three hundred runs in T20 World Cup. This record is held by no other pair in the history of the tournament.
But Babar-Rizwan was not in such form even a few days ago. In this tournament, Babar Azam batted only 39 runs in the previous five matches.
Just before the semi-final, Pakistan’s batting coach Matthew Hayden said, “Pakistan captain Babar Azam will do something that will surprise others.”
Indeed, Babar, who scored only 39 runs in the first five matches, scored 53 runs off 42 balls in the semi-finals.
Pakistan suffered from the top-order batting this time, especially as Babar-Rizwan did not get runs with the bat, and the middle order batted under pressure in all five matches.
While Pakistan’s top order was struggling to score runs, Babar and Rizwan scored 87 runs in 10 overs in the semi-final in Sydney.
Babar Azam said before the final, “Being with the fans is a confidence booster for us. We will try our best to put a smile on their faces.”
England injury update
Although the semi-final was easily won, England’s team management was worried about injuries from the start of the tournament.
Jonny Bairstow before the tournament, Reece Topley at the start of the tournament.
In the middle of the tournament, David Malan left the field after feeling an injury on the field in the Super Twelve round match against Sri Lanka.
And feeling sluggish before the semi-final was Mark Wood, who bowled the fastest ball of the tournament.
He was bowling at a speed of 149 km per hour in this tournament.
The 32-year-old fast bowler missed the semi-finals. Earlier he took nine wickets in four matches.
“I was trying to get back into the game,” Mark Wood told the BBC radio podcast. But I wasn’t getting the speed and intensity that I needed.”
David Malan is also not fully back from injury.
There is a risk of rain in the final match
The pictures of Melbourne seen today had clouds in the sky.
If the match is not played due to rain, England and Pakistan will be jointly crowned.
One day is allotted as a reserve day, with two hours added to it.
Earlier in this tournament, a match between England and Australia was not played due to rain.
Even an England-Ireland match was rained out midway through the Darkworth-Lewis-Stern method, resulting in a victory for Ireland.
England and Pakistan have met twice before in the T20 World Cup. At London Oval in 2009 and Bridgetown in 2010, England won both matches.
England also bounced back with a 4-3 win in a seven-match T20I series in Pakistan recently.
But before taking to the T20 World Cup final in Melbourne, many supporters and analysts are matching the equation thirty years ago – Pakistan won the service by 22 runs, can Pakistan return ninety-two in twenty-two?