November 13, 2022 1:30 PM Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
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England easily defeated India in the first semi-final, with Hales and Butler toying with the Indian bowling attack. With 4 Overs remaining, England’s openers guided the squad to a 10-wicket victory against the 2007 winners. While this was sad for Indian supporters, it must have served as a wake-up call to Pakistan. England will arrive at the ‘G with a strong batting squad and a strong bowling attack. Pakistan will have no margin for mistake. If they want to put England under strain, the top-order must be at their best. Rizwan and Babar would bat at the top, whereas Mohammad Haris and Shan Masood must bat in the middle order and harm England’s bowling attack. Mark Wood did miss the semi-final, and Chris Jordan, who took his place, had an impression with the ball despite having only played one game since recovering from a hand injury. Pakistan’s top bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi took 10 wickets in the following four games after going wicketless in the first two. The setting is set for an action-packed T20 World Cup final at the MCG. Pakistan will be looking to replicate their triumphs from the 1992 World Cup, when they defeated England to win the title.
In the T20 World Cup 2022, both England and Pakistan have lost a game at this stadium. The average first-inning total at this stadium is 146 runs, and the side batting second has won 10 of the 17 T20I matches played here.
After two straight losses in their first two games, Pakistan was almost forced to return to Karachi. Even a single loss in their final four matches would have sent them packing. Even if Pakistan wins all of these games, they will not advance to the semi-finals. It required a major upset in Group 2 in which the Netherlands defeated South Africa to open up new possibilities. Pakistan vs. Bangladesh became a simulated quarterfinal, with both teams vying for a semi-final spot. Pakistan’s game was transformed by Shadab Khan’s inning versus South Africa. It not only assisted the squad in winning that vital match, but it also instilled some much-needed confidence in the middle order. The match’s openers were doomed from the outset. Beginning with the South Africa game, fresh match-winners began to emerge in the middle order. Shadab Khan, Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, and Iftikhar Ahmed all came through for the supporters and the captain. Not to mention Mohammad Nawaz, the all-rounder. Eventually, in the semi-final against New Zealand, the openers, Rizwan and Babar, arrived with a 105-run opening stand. Mohammad Haris will be a vital figure to watch in the final. The bowlers will face a significant challenge. The opposing team has a very deep hitting order. And getting through it will be difficult. Pakistan must make a few substitutions and bring in pacers to replace spinners.
England will arrive in Melbourne with a lot of energy and confidence after defeating strong India in the semi-finals. As one well-known Indian pundit described it, the English run chase resembled a boxing match between heavyweights of various classifications. Alex Hales has appeared in fantastic shape since his return to the national team. Butler has also been a reliable starter who has guided the squad from the start. In the middle order, Harry Brook can be a liability. Ben Stokes, who has struggled in T20 internationals, is also an important figure in the middle order. He was instrumental in England’s victory over Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, when it comes to providing memorable outings in the middle, these two are unreliable. As a result, Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone are becoming increasingly essential in England’s squad. Ali and Livingstone will be crucial in ensuring England’s victory, whether they bat first or second. Dawid Malan was also injured during the match against Sri Lanka, thus Phil Salt stepped in as a substitute in the semi-final. Sam Curran and Chris Woakes walk in to bat at positions 8 and 9, respectively, and it does appear to be a very strong and star-studded batting order. Nevertheless, if the openers retire early, it is only Stokes who can act as an anchor to develop the innings.
Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
Jos Buttler (c & wk), Alex Hales, Philip Salt, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid
Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood. Standby Players: Usman Qadir, Mohammad Haris, Shahnawaz Dahani.
Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Tymal Mills, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Alex Hales. Standby Players: Liam Dawson, Richard Gleeson
Bowling first is thought to have an edge in evening games at this location. It’s a solid hitting surface that should aid batsmen in the second inning as well. Pakistan like to chase, and given England’s previous successful chase, both teams will be eager to bowl first.
We are backing Pakistan to win. Both sides have recovered from big setbacks early in their seasons. For England, it was the defeat to Ireland, while for Pakistan, the very first matchup had all but ruined their World Cup hopes. Pakistan has already seen match-winners emerge from every area, even when its main hitters were faltering. England’s finishing has been precise, and the opening pair is as good as they come. Bet on Pakistan to win.
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