The summit clash of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 saw the high-profile clash between the 2009 champions Pakistan National Cricket Team led by Babar Azam and the 2010 champions England National Cricket Team led by Jos Buttler. The blockbuster final was played at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, November 13.
England National Cricket Team avenged the 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup final defeat by winning the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 final against Pakistan National Cricket Team by 5 wickets.
Notably, the Imran Khan-led Pakistan National Cricket Team defeated the Graham Gooch-led England National Cricket Team by 22 runs in the final of the 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 25.
Earlier, England National Cricket Team won the toss and opted to field first in the match. Both the teams made no changes to their playing XI and they fielded the same team as they did in the semi-finals.
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Opening the innings, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam were off to a cautious start and they played their natural game. Rizwan and Babar added 29 runs in 27 balls before left-arm pacer Sam Curran dismissed the former on the 2nd ball of the 5th over. The wicketkeeper-batter Rizwan scored 15 runs off 14 balls.
The 34-year-old England leg-spinner Adil Rashid once again delivered a great performance as he picked up the wickets of young Mohammad Haris, who has been the aggressor for Pakistan, and captain Babar Azam. Babar scored 32 runs off 28 balls and Haris scored 8 runs off 12 balls. Rashid, meanwhile, finished his spell with the figures of 4-1-22-2.
The 32-year-old batter Iftikhar Ahmed failed miserably in the match as he failed to get off the mark on the first 5 deliveries and on the 6th delivery he was cleaned up by Ben Stokes.
Then, Shan Masood and Shadab Khan tried to provide some stability to the Pakistan innings and they added 36 runs in 25 balls. Masood was cleaned up by Sam Curran in the 17th over and Shadab was sent back by Chris Jordan in the 18th over. Masood scored 38 runs off 28 balls and Shadab Khan scored 20 runs off 14 balls.
Overall, Pakistan were extremely poor with the bat in the last 5 overs as they scored only 31 runs and lost 4 wickets to get restricted to 137/8.
Sam Curran was once again the best bowler for his side as he finished his spell with the figures of 4-0-12 -3. Also, Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan bagged two wickets each while Ben Stokes picked up one wicket.
Chasing the target, England lost the wicket of in-form opener Alex Hales in the first over, which was bowled by Shaheen Shah Afridi. However, England captain Jos Buttler batted brilliantly and played his natural aggressive game.
Express pacer Haris Rauf got the next two breakthroughs for his side as he dismissed Philip Salt in the 4th over and Jos Buttler in the 6th over. Buttler smashed 26 runs off 17 balls, including 3 fours and 1 six, while Salt scored 10 runs off 9 balls, including 2 fours.
Then, Ben Stokes and Harry Brook added 39 runs in 42 balls before the latter was dismissed by Shadab Khan in the 13th over.
Also, Pakistan pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi walked off the field after bowling 2.1 overs of his spell due to a knee injury, which proved costly for the Men In Green.
In the end, big-match performer Ben Stokes remained unbeaten and scored 52 runs off 49 balls, including 5 fours and 1 six, to help England win their second T20 World Cup title. This was Stokes’ first half-century in the shortest international format of the game.
Also, England have become the first-ever team to hold the 50-over World Cup title and 20-over World Cup title at the same time.
Here’s How Twitter Reacted To ICC T20 World Cup Final Between Pakistan and England:
What a great match we hv just witnessed . Congratulations @ECB_cricket @josbuttler A well deserved win for England in #T20WorldCupFinal . @benstokes38 rose to the occasion & played a brilliant innings.some outstanding bowling by @TheRealPCB pic.twitter.com/QUIk03lsx5
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 13, 2022
Congratulations to England for playing a strong entertaining brand of cricket. Well played Pakistan for never giving up! Cricket was the winner #T20WorldCupFinal
— Sanath Jayasuriya (@Sanath07) November 13, 2022
Another World Cup trophy for Mathew Mott, coach of @englandcricket now. He has had massive success with Australia womens team and now with the England mens team. Yet another World Cup title @rgcricket
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) November 13, 2022
The batting side dug a hole that even the worlds best bowling couldn’t fill. Outstanding effort by the team to get to the final against all odds and a great game of cricket. England came well prepared. Chin up boys, we are the runners up of the #T20WorldCup https://t.co/xbRAonpIKS
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) November 13, 2022
Many many congratulations to England on their tremendous win against Pakistan in the #T20WorldCup2022 finals, outstanding efforts put in by both teams and hats off to @benstokes38 on his top class performance.#EngvsPak
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) November 13, 2022
It’s call karma 💔💔💔 https://t.co/DpaIliRYkd
— Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) November 13, 2022
— Alex Tudor (@alextudorcoach) November 13, 2022
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 13, 2022
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 13, 2022
What an incredible competitor Ben Stokes is. When pressure is at its highest, he is at his strongest. The mental agility he displays alongside his physical ability is nothing short of phenomenal. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #EngvsPak #T20WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/XuufYwA7Q7
— Phil Williams (@PhilWilliams) November 13, 2022
History didn’t repeat itself after 30 years.
Legendary Captain Imran Khan was the difference this time. #T20WorldCupFinal
— Zubair Ali Khan (@ZubairAlikhanUN) November 13, 2022
— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqi) November 13, 2022
Vijai Mama, Hi. It’s Rishi. We did you proud. England defeats Pakistan at the #T20WorldCupFinal. Told you, we will get the job done.
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) November 13, 2022
Well played @babarazam258 & boys! Heads high .
Tough luck @iShaheenAfridi , you were missed in last overs.
Over all you were great. And thank you for giving Pakistan this happiness.
Till next !#T20WorldCupFinal
— Farhan Saeed (@farhan_saeed) November 13, 2022
Congratulations to England. Well deserved. Had to change there line up for the finals and were able to adjust. Been the most aggressive team over the last couple of years. Reward for risk. Pakistan great fight. #ENGvPAK #T20WorldCupFinal
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) November 13, 2022
Ben Stokes is fucking clutch. What a player. What a team. #T20WorldCupFinal
— Dominic Booth (@DomBooth19) November 13, 2022
Well played, Pakistan team. You put up a brilliant fight. Luck didn’t go our way but you kept on.
— Zartaj Gul Wazir (@zartajgulwazir) November 13, 2022
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) November 13, 2022
Thank you my boys @TheRealPCB for the memories & the never ending fight 💚🇵🇰 You made us believe in never giving up. Playing a world cup final in Australia is no joke. We must learn from the mistakes & come back stronger. We are still proud of you. #ENGvPAK #T20WorldCupFinal
— Asim Azhar (@AsimAzharr) November 13, 2022
This T20 WorldCup has proved Pakistan is the best bowling lineup in the world. No other bowling lineup does not stands even closer to Pakistan. They can make low scoring matches a nail bitting ones for the world. #T20WorldCupFinal
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) November 13, 2022
Pakistan without any doubt has the world’s best bowling attack – really proud of them. At least you guys fought very well unlike India. Good game of cricket #T20WorldCupFinal
Congratulations @TeamEngland! Great approach towards the game and a well deserved victory! #PakvsEngland
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) November 13, 2022
Doesn’t matter lads! Played like true champs 🙌
— Arslan Naseer – CBA (@ArslanNaseerCBA) November 13, 2022
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) November 13, 2022
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 13, 2022
I think Stokes hitting the winning runs would make an excellent climax for a movie. Having bowled the last ball of the 2016 World Cup while sitting in pain, to hitting the winning runs here while punching the air, what a fairy tale ending.
— Prithvi (@Puneite_) November 13, 2022
Is there a better pressure player in world cricket than @benstokes38? Always there. Some player!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 13, 2022
Boht bura laga yaar Pakistan haar gayi. pic.twitter.com/aHayfVXzgB
— HH12 (@Hip_hop_india12) November 13, 2022
This match is a perfect example of how important can luck be in a T20 match. It’s something that people need to acknowledge in sport. Good thing that Dravid did it on the PC after the SA series.
— Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) November 13, 2022
— Siddhesh Pitale (@pitale_siddhesh) November 13, 2022
— 𝓢𝓮𝓱𝓻𝓲𝓼𝓱 🇵🇰 (@itsmeSehrish) November 13, 2022
— Asim Azhar (@AsimAzharr) November 13, 2022
Benjamin Andrew Stokes at it again!#T20WorldCupFinal
— Prajakta (@18prajakta) November 13, 2022
A crushing blow for @TheRealPCB with @iShaheenAfridi hobbling off the field, but it is the young fastbowler’s career at stake. The right call for him to leave the field as much as it hurts him and his team. #T20WorldCupFinal #ShaheenShahAfridi
— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) November 13, 2022
— 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐠 👑🏴🇵🇰 (@imtheguy007) November 13, 2022
— Roha Nadeem (@RohaNadym) November 13, 2022
— Iqra Nasir (@IamIqraNasir) November 13, 2022
— Zara✨ (@itszaraH7) November 13, 2022
It just wasn’t our day, England played well, we fought hard in the field, better luck next time In Sha Allah.#T20WorldCupFinal
— Waqar Malik (@RealWaqarMaliks) November 13, 2022
No more 1992 similarities 😑#T20WorldCupFinal
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) November 13, 2022
Shaheen’s injury a huge sliding doors moment. If he’s fit and bowls 11 more deliveries this match could be in a very different spot. England were still favourites but the whole feeling of the game changed when he limped off. Absolutely horrible luck. #T20WorldCupFinal
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) November 13, 2022
Shaheen pulled out of the attack.. he won’t be bowling any further.. massive respect for his dedication.. he literally gave everything to this.. risked his career here but it wasn’t meant to be. Chin up @iShaheenAfridi #T20WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/aoa9BMIxe4
— Sawera Pasha (@sawerapasha) November 13, 2022
— Anees Ahmad Sheikh (@AN33S88) November 13, 2022
The gamble of giving over to Iftikhar Ahmed inorder complete the over of Shaheen Shah Afridi changed the result and shift of the final. #T20WorldCupFinal
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) November 13, 2022
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) November 13, 2022
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