The grand finale of the T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played tomorrow at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It would be a dress rehearsal of the 1992 World Cup, with England and Pakistan competing for supremacy in the game's shortest format. Rain could spoil the match.
Melbourne: The grand finale of the T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played tomorrow at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It would be a dress rehearsal of the 1992 World Cup, with England and Pakistan competing for supremacy in the game’s shortest format. Rain could spoil the match.
The determined Babar Azam team hopes to repeat Imran Khan’s feat and win the T20 World Cup final against the formidable England on Sunday. Pakistan, the 2009 champions, advanced to the final like a Bollywood thriller. After defeats to archrivals India and Zimbabwe, the green shirts were staring down the barrel.
Just like in 1992, a miracle once again erupted when the minnow of cricket, the Netherlands, outplayed the strong South Africans and knocked them out of the tournament, creating a green pasture for the Pakistanis. After that, the green army easily surpassed Bangladesh and moved into the last four. It seems some divine intervention has taken place.
Pakistan is the world’s most unpredictable cricket team. They sometimes play like club cricketers, but on their day, they are world beaters.
Pakistani fans are hoping for a repeat of the 1992 story, but beating England would be a difficult job for Babar and his men. The three lions defeated the men in green 4-3 in the recently concluded seven-match T20 series held in Pakistan.
England changed its white ball strategy after the 2015 World Cup debacle, where they were flattened by Bangladesh. After that, England has done extremely well, winning the 2019 World Cup and performing splendidly in bilateral series in both formats (ODI and T20 cricket).
Currently, England has been playing remarkable cricket, dumping India by 10 wickets in the semifinal and setting up a clash with Pakistan in the final. Pakistanis will have to hit above their weight to beat England and become T20 World Cup champions. They did it for the first time in 2009, under the captaincy of Younis Khan.
The Shaheen Shah Afridis, Mohammed Wasim Jr., and the Harris Raufs will face a litmus test against Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Ben Stokes, and Moeen Ali.
Unlike a normal T20 game, which could be a minimum five-over contest, the event technical committee has kept provisions for a minimum 10-over-a-side contest with an early (3 pm Melbourne time) start on reserve days if needed.