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Toss Winner - England won the toss and chose to bowl first
England beat Pakistan by 5 wickets
Pakistan look to repeat the famous ‘92 World Cup win at the MCG
Our prediction is for Pakistan to win the match!
Tournament: ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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England crushed India in the 1st semi-final with Hales and Buttler toying around with the Indian bowling attack. The England openers led the team to a 10-wicket win over the 2007 champions with 4 Overs remaining.
While this was disappointing for the Indian fans, it must have come as a warning for Pakistan. England are coming to the ‘G with a deep batting lineup and a spirited bowling attack.
There will be no room for errors for Pakistan. The top-order will have to be on their best day if they are to put England under pressure.
Rizwan and Babar at the top while Mohammad Haris and Shan Masood in the middle order need to step on the gas and hurt England’s bowling attack.
Mark Wood missed the semi-final and Chris Jordan, who replaced him, made an impact with the ball, in spite of having played just one game since his recovery from a finger injury.
Pakistan’s key pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, who went wicketless in the first two games, picked 10 wickets in the next four.
The stage is all set for an exciting T20 World Cup final at the MCG. Pakistan will be out to repeat their heroics of the ‘92 World Cup where they beat England to be crowned champions.
Two back-to-back losses in their first two games almost had Pakistan on the flight back to Karachi. Even a single loss from their remaining four matches would have sent them home.
Even winning all these games wouldn’t guarantee Pakistan a spot in the semi-finals. It took a special upset in Group 2 as the Netherlands beat South Africa to open up more possibilities.
Pakistan taking on Bangladesh became a virtual quarterfinal with both teams in the hunt for the semi-final berth.
Shadab Khan’s inning against South Africa changed the game for Pakistan. It not only helped the team win that crucial encounter but also infused some much-needed belief in the middle order. The openers failed in the tournament from the start.
From the South Africa game onward, new match-winners started cropping up in the middle order. Shadab Khan, Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, and Iftikhar Ahmed all stepped up and gave the fans and the skipper a lot of confidence. Not to forget the all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz.
And finally, the openers, Rizwan and Babar came to the party with a 105-runs opening stand in the semi-final against New Zealand. Mohammad Haris will be a key player to watch out for in the final.
The bowlers will have a big task at hand. The opposition has an unbelievably deep batting lineup. And getting through that won’t be easy. Pakistan need to make a few replacements and get pacers in for spinners.
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
Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Haris, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Mohammad Nawaz, Shan Masood, Shadab Khan
England will be coming to Melbourne with a lot of momentum and confidence from their semi-final victory over mighty India. As the famous Indian commentator put it, the run chase from England looked like a boxing contest between boxers from two different weight groups.
Alex Hales has looked in great touch ever since he made his comeback into the national side. Butler has also been consistent as an opener and led the team from the front.
Harry Brook can be a vulnerability in the middle order. His last three scores have been 4 (5), 7 (3), and 18 (21). And these performances have come at 3 and 4.
Ben Stokes, who hasn’t found great success in T20 internationals is also a key player in the middle order. He was crucial in England’s win over Sri Lanka with a steady knock of unbeaten 42 off 36 balls.
However, these two aren’t reliable when it comes to delivering impactful performances in the middle. As such, Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone become ever more important in the England lineup.
Ali and Livingstone will be the key players to provide England with a good finish whether they bat first or second. Dawid Malan was also injured after the Sri Lanka clash and Phil Salt came in as a replacement in the semi-final.
It does look like a star-studded batting order that is also very deep as Sam Curran and Chris Woakes walk in to bat at 8 and 9. However, if the openers are back in the hut early, there’s only Stokes who can play the role of an anchor to build the innings.
Jos Buttler (c & wk), Alex Hales, Philip Salt, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid
Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Harry Brook, Philip Salt, Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes
A well-balanced pitch is on offer at the MCG. The pace and bounce will help both batters and bowlers. However, spinners shouldn’t expect any purchase from this pitch. A thunderstorm is expected on the match day with a high of 24 degrees Celsius.
The MCG is the venue where Pakistan, under Imran Khan’s leadership, defeated England in the 1992 World Cup final. Both England and Pakistan have lost a game each at this venue in the T20 World Cup 2022. The average 1st innings score at this venue is 146 runs and the team batting second here has won 10 of the 17 T20I matches.
Bowling first is said to have its advantage in night games at this venue. It is a good batting surface and it should be helpful for the batters in the second innings as well. Pakistan prefer chasing and with England’s recent successful chase, it is clear that both teams would be eager to bowl first.
Both teams have bounced back after suffering a major blow early in their campaign. For England, it was the loss against Ireland and for Pakistan, the first two games had almost ended their World Cup dream. Pakistan has seen a match-winners rise from every department and that too when their key batters were struggling. England have been clinical in their finishes and the opening duo is as good as it gets.
In a close contest, we reckon, Pakistan would have the upper hand and will start as favourites in our match prediction.
Our prediction is for Pakistan to win the match!
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