The England team led by Jos Buttler has won the second T20 World title. England defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets in the final of T20 World Cup 2022. On the basis of the lethal bowling of Sam Karen and Adil Rashid, England came to bat first and restricted Pakistan to just 137 runs. After this, England achieved this target in the 19th over on the basis of the innings of Ben Stokes (52 not out) and Jos Buttler (26). This is England’s second T20 World Cup title. Earlier in the year 2010, the team won its first title by defeating Australia under the leadership of Paul Collingwood.
Chasing the target of 138 runs, England did not have a good start. Fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi hit Alex Hales (1) in the very first over. Phil Salt (10), who landed at number three, could not stay on the crease for long. He was caught by Iftikhar Ahmed off Haris Rauf. Jos Buttler, who scored a half-century in the semi-final against India, became the victim of Rauf by scoring 26 runs.
Earlier, Sam Curran and leg-spinner Adil Rashid put the Pakistani batting lineup under so much pressure that the Pakistan team could only score 137 runs for 8 wickets. Karan, who returned from injury earlier this year, has been an excellent bowler for England. He proved his mettle in the big match by taking three wickets for 12 runs in four overs. At the same time, Rashid also did not lag behind, he controlled the run rate in the middle overs in which he and Karan together bowled 25 dot balls.
Pakistani batsmen did not go ahead of Rashid and Karan
Rashid again showed with his brilliant effort how the Indian team management missed the opportunity by not using Yuzvendra Chahal throughout the tournament. There is a lot of bounce and pace on the MCG pitch but Buttler’s best performing bowling pair (Karan and Rashid) bowled in contrast, both reducing the pace of their balls. Rashid bowled at 75 kmph while Karan bowled at 126 to 130 kmph, making it difficult for the Pakistani batsmen to add runs.
Sam Karan hits a tremendous bowl to Mohammad Rizwan
Babar Azam (32 off 28 balls) and Mohammad Rizwan (15 off 14 balls) made cautious starts as they have been doing for the past one year. Karan has been the most consistent bowler for England throughout the tournament, bowling Rizwan at full length taking an angle. Mohammad Haris (eight runs in 12 balls) was seen battling in front of Rashid and became his victim. Rashid tempted him to play the shot and he was caught at long on. Babar hit two fours but he struggled to increase the run rate.
Babar Azam trapped in Adil Rashid’s googly
Shan Masood (38 off 28 balls) looked more aggressive than his captain while he takes some time at the crease before scoring a quick run against the opponents. Butler caught Liam Livingstone on the bowling for his off break deliveries but Masood added 16 runs in the over with a four and a six. Babar got caught in Rashid’s googly at the other end and this England leg-spinner ended his innings by taking a catch.
Iftikhar Ahmed (nil) fell victim to Stokes after playing six deliveries, taking Pakistan to 85 for four in the 13th over. Masood was heading for a good innings but was dismissed trying to hit a big shot off Karan. . Karan also tested his patience with his variation taking balls and came true by taking his wicket. Shadab Khan scored 20 runs in 14 balls.