But Sam Curran's return at the death has brought him yet another wicket, his 12th of the tournament. That's a triumph for England's planning, and in particular their decision to place their outfielders 10-15 yards in off the boundary: Masood miscued a shovel into the leg side and whipped it straight down Livingstone's throat at deep midwicket. 13 Nov 2022, 9:17 am13 Nov 2022, 9:11 amRashid has bowled slower tonight than in any other game in this tournament and Pakistan have struggled to get him away: just a single boundary across his four overs, and 10 dot balls. 13 Nov 2022, 9:03 amHuge moment! Rashid's head-to-head against Babar always felt like a big match-up tonight, as Babar has struggled to pick his googly in the past, and that's exactly how it has panned out: he miscues one straight back to him, and Rashid claims the big fish. 13 Nov 2022, 8:56 amSuperb intent from Shan Masood.
13 Nov 2022, 7:10 am13 Nov 2022, 7:07 amThis T20 World Cup has been a great reminder of the importance of pitches and conditions in T20 cricket, with games playing out very differently at each venue. As discussed in our Tactics Board, the MCG poses a very different challenge for the teams compared to their semi-final venues, Sydney and Adelaide: how will they defend those short straight boundaries? 13 Nov 2022, 6:56 amFile this one under: Things We Thought We'd Never See13 Nov 2022, 6:53 am13 Nov 2022, 6:48 am13 Nov 2022, 6:48 am13 Nov 2022, 6:47 am13 Nov 2022, 6:42 amAlex Malcolm is one of ESPNcricinfo's men at the 'G and reports that Dawid Malan - who missed England's semi-final win against India with a groin strain - netted alongside Phil Salt very briefly before walking out to allow Alex Hales in. Salt looks like the favourite to keep his place at this stage, but we'll find out more soon.
As it happened - England vs Pakistan, Men's T20 World Cup 2022, finalEngland won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)13 Nov 2022, 11:43 amAnd England win! They are the first men's team in history to hold both the 50-over and 20-over World Cups simultaneously. Sam Curran's 3 for 12 from his four overs helped contain Pakistan to 137 for 8 before an unbeaten fifty from Ben Stokes sealed victory by five wickets with one over to spare. Mohammad Wasim found an inside edge off Moeen Ali onto leg stump in the penultimate over leaving England five down needing six runs more, but Stokes saw them home with 52 not out six years on from that Kolkata heartbreak. An injury to Shaheen Shah Afridi ruled him out of the Pakistan attack, having bowled just 2.
The first over ends up costing eight runs - but not before Mohammad Rizwan comes close to running himself out, taking on Chris Jordan at mid-off whose throw is wide. Nerves on both sides. 13 Nov 2022, 7:58 amThe teams belt out their respective anthems, and it's almost time for the big one. If you're in the US, you can watch this game live on ESPN+. 13 Nov 2022, 7:49 am13 Nov 2022, 7:48 am13 Nov 2022, 7:28 am13 Nov 2022, 7:23 am"There's a little bit of weather around, " Buttler explains. England are unchanged, which means Jordan and Salt keep their places ahead of Wood and Malan. "We have good momentum with us, " Babar says. "History repeats, " he adds with a smile, asked about 1992. Same team for Pakistan too, as expected.
England needed to sneak in two overs between their 'fifth' bowler - the combination of Stokes and Livingstone - in the final 10, and Masood is aware of it: he takes on Livingstone, crashing him down the ground for four and then heaving him for six. Livingstone's over costs 16, giving Jos Buttler a bit of a headache. 13 Nov 2022, 8:52 am4 Pakistan's boundary count (3x4, 1x6) in the first 10 oversPakistan have often struggled to find the right tempo when batting first in T20Is and today looks no different. They're 68 for 2 at the halfway stage, with Shan Masood starting steadily at No.
Only two of those, before Rashid’s, had come in the first innings when teams are looking up to set a total. What an over to bowl in a World Cup final! 13 Nov 2022, 9:47 am13 Nov 2022, 9:43 amPakistan can only post 137 after being asked to bat first at the MCG - which, coincidentally, is the lowest score successfully defended in a men's T20 World Cup final, by West Indies against Sri Lanka in 2012. England were brilliant in the second half of that innings in particular, bowling defensively and asking Pakistan's batters to take them on.
He runs back on, seemingly moving freely. Great news for Pakistan supporters. 13 Nov 2022, 11:12 amBen Stokes has made 3 off 9 since the drinks break, and just can't seem to get going at all. He's in the England set-up specifically for this kind of situation, to win crunch games with the pressure on, but will need to get a move on soon. 13 Nov 2022, 11:06 amShaheen Afridi is struggling after taking that catch.
13 Nov 2022, 10:32 am13 Nov 2022, 10:27 amHuge, huge moment in the final and the tournament. Pakistan's quicks have adjusted brilliantly after starting too full, dragging their lengths back and letting the combination of their pace and movement do the rest. Rauf picks up where Naseem left off, hitting a hard length and inducing a thick outside edge through to Rizwan as Buttler pokes at it with hard hands. Pakistan are up and about, and England are wobbling! 13 Nov 2022, 10:25 amA remarkable over from Naseem Shah - which somehow costs 11 runs. He beats Buttler five times in the over, hitting a perfect length and nipping the ball away late past his outside edge - but one ball flies down the leg side for five wides, and Buttler has the calmness and presence of mind to scoop another for six. Box office! 13 Nov 2022, 10:24 am13 Nov 2022, 10:15 amPhil Salt, in his first game of the tournament, played with plenty of intent but struggled for timing.
13 Nov 2022, 10:51 am29 Runs in the first four post-powerplay oversHarry Brook and Ben Stokes are doing a solid rebuilding job for England - the sort they can afford with such a low total to chase. They have done a good job of rotating strike with only six dots in the four overs immediately after the powerplay, and Stokes has managed a couple of boundaries too: one an under-edged reverse-sweep, the other a punch through extra cover when Wasim overpitched. 13 Nov 2022, 10:50 am10 overs bowled, which confirms that either England or Pakistan will lift the trophy tonight and the reserve day won't be required.
Smart captaincy by Babar Azam to help dismiss him, but not a great shot: slip moved to short midwicket, with Rauf not really bowling for a nick-off, and Salt spliced a pull straight to the man in close13 Nov 2022, 10:12 amJos Buttler is in absolutely supreme touch at the moment, and has faced to 20 off his first 10 balls. Pakistan's new-ball bowlers, Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah, have bowled full, actively searching for wickets to try and defend an under-par total, but Buttler has pinged three early boundaries - each of them off full balls.
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4 alongside Babar Azam. The vast outfield at the MCG doesn't necessarily lend itself to huge totals, but it's hard to picture Pakistan winning without adding at least 80 runs in the second half of their innings. 13 Nov 2022, 8:51 amEngland's outfielders are still working out exactly where to stand and it's a constant battle at the MCG: on the rope to save four, or 10 yards in to stop the second run? 13 Nov 2022, 8:31 amChris Woakes has bowled each of the first three overs from the Shane Warne Stand End and has bowled a number of slower balls: according to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball data, he has bowled 8 of them, compared to 10 pace-on deliveries.
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He holes out to Shaheen Afridi at wide long-off, and ends the World Cup with 58 runs off 56 balls across his five innings. 13 Nov 2022, 10:57 amHaris Rauf left the field slightly gingerly after his second over and walked down the tunnel, flanked by Pakistan's medical staff, but he's back on the field now. "It was just a little bit of tightness in his right leg, " Ian Bishop reports from pitch-side. He's soon back in the thick of it, diving at full stretch and brilliantly flicking the ball back to save a run after Brook pulled Naseem over midwicket.
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As soon as he got up, he was dismissed, chopping Sam Curran onto the base of his own leg stump. Curran has been brilliant for England in this tournament, and gets a huge wicket early on. 13 Nov 2022, 8:16 am0 Pakistan boundaries in the first three overs13 Nov 2022, 8:06 amEngland hadn't bowled a no-ball all tournament but Ben Stokes kicks off the final by over-stepping, then sends the free hit down the leg side at 65mph/105kph.
The thinking might be that this is a two-paced pitch, but the plan hasn't worked: his 8 slowies have cost 15 runs, while the 10 pace-on balls cost only 11. Alex Malcolm, our resident MCG expert, has a simple message for England's seamers: pace on, stand the seam up. "Pace off is usually key at the 'G when there's no grass but not when there's this much coverage, " he tells me. "Slower balls just slide on and ask to be monstered. "13 Nov 2022, 8:25 amMohammad Rizwan gets Pakistan going with a perfect slog-sweep for six over deep backward square leg, and in Sam Curran's next over he dives to make his ground, prompting a delay after his helmet skewed into his face.
They did, but consistently picked out fielders. Two stars for England with the ball: Adil Rashid and Sam Curran. 13 Nov 2022, 9:39 am13 Nov 2022, 9:37 amPakistan are disintegrating! Shadab miscues Jordan to mid-off and Curran picks up a third, having Nawaz caught at deep midwicket. In their bid to attack and get something above par, Pakistan risk falling short of even 140. 13 Nov 2022, 9:24 amShadab Khan's arrival added some impetus to Pakistan's innings - as it so often does - and he had put on 36 off 25 balls for the fifth wicket with Shan Masood.