England easily defeated India in the first semi-final, with Hales and Buttler toying with the Indian bowling attack. With 4 Overs remaining, England’s openers led the team to a 10-wicket victory over the 2007 champions.
While this was disappointing for Indian fans, it must have served as a wake-up call to Pakistan. England will arrive at the ‘G with a strong batting lineup and a strong bowling attack. Pakistan will have no margin for error. If they are to put England under pressure, the top-order must be at their best.
Rizwan and Babar must bat at the top, while Mohammad Haris and Shan Masood must bat in the middle order and hurt England’s bowling attack. Mark Wood missed the semi-final, and Chris Jordan, who took his place, made an impact with the ball despite having only played one game since recovering from a finger injury.
Pakistan’s key pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi took 10 wickets in the next four games after going wicketless in the first two. The stage is set for an action-packed T20 World Cup final at the MCG. Pakistan will be looking to replicate their heroics from the 1992 World Cup, when they defeated England to win the title.
The Final match between Pakistan vs England will take place on November 13th, 2022 at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.
Match Details to Note
Match: Pakistan vs England, Final, ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022
Date: November 13, 2022 (Sunday)
Time: 1:30 PM IST
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
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 took a major upset in Group 2 in which the Netherlands defeated South Africa to open up new possibilities. Pakistan vs. Bangladesh became a virtual quarterfinal, with both teams vying for a semi-final spot.
Pakistan’s game was changed by Shadab Khan’s inning against South Africa. It not only assisted the team in winning that crucial match, but it also instilled some much-needed confidence in the middle order. The tournament’s openers were doomed from the start.
Beginning with the South Africa game, new match-winners began to emerge in the middle order. Shadab Khan, Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, and Iftikhar Ahmed all came through for the fans and the captain. Not to mention Mohammad Nawaz, the all-rounder. Finally, in the semi-final against New Zealand, the openers, Rizwan and Babar, arrived with a 105-run opening stand. Mohammad Haris will be a key figure to watch in the final.
The bowlers will face a significant challenge. The opposing team has an incredibly deep batting lineup. And getting through it will be difficult. Pakistan must make a few replacements and bring in pacers to replace spinners.
Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Haris
Players to watch out for:
Mohammad Rizwan, the keeper-batter, was named Player of the Match in the semi-finals. He has scored 89 runs in his last two innings and four half-centuries in the September bilateral series against England.
The captain had been struggling with the bat until he hit 53 runs off 42 balls against New Zealand. In T20Is, he averages 41.53.
Shaheen Shah Afridi
The opening bowler has 10 wickets in his last four games and dismissed Finn Allen in the first over of the T20 World Cup 2022 semi-final. He then returned to take Kane Williamson’s wicket.
Possible Playing XI:
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
England will arrive in Melbourne with a lot of momentum and confidence after defeating mighty India in the semi-finals. As one well-known Indian commentator put it, the English run chase resembled a boxing match between boxers of different weight classes. Alex Hales has looked in great shape since his return to the national team. Butler has also been a reliable starter who has led the team from the start.
In the middle order, Harry Brook can be a liability. His most recent three scores were 4 (5), 7 (3), and 18. And these performances occurred at 3 and 4. Ben Stokes, who has struggled in T20 internationals, is also an important player in the middle order. He was instrumental in England’s victory over Sri Lanka, scoring an unbeaten 42 off 36 balls.
However, when it comes to delivering impactful performances in the middle, these two are unreliable. As a result, Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone are becoming increasingly important in England’s lineup. Ali and Livingstone will be crucial in ensuring England’s victory, whether they bat first or second. Dawid Malan was also injured following the match against Sri Lanka, so Phil Salt came in as a replacement in the semi-final.
As Sam Curran and Chris Woakes walk in to bat at 8 and 9, it appears to be a star-studded batting order that is also very deep. However, if the openers retire early, it is only Stokes who can act as an anchor to build the innings.
Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Philip Salt, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Alex Hales, Tymal Mills
Players to watch out for:
England’s captain is averaging 49.75 in the tournament and is the big wicket that Pakistan will target early in England’s innings.
The bowling all-rounder went wicketless in the semi-final but has been one of the tournament’s most impressive bowlers with 10 wickets at an average of 13.60.
The leg-spinner conceded only 20 runs in four overs against India, including the crucial wicket of Suryakumar Yadav.
Possible Playing XI:
Jos Buttler (c & wk), Alex Hales, Philip Salt, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid
Pakistan vs England Top Team Batsmen
With the bat, we recommend Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, and Mohammad Haris for Pakistan. Rizwan has been an outstanding T20I player over the last two years, and he currently has the best odds with the bookies. When Haris has come to the crease in the last two matches, he has batted with freedom and aggression.
We believe Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, and Ben Stokes will be England’s best batters. Buttler is the bookmakers’ favorite to be England’s top batter, and he has two half-centuries in the tournament. In his last three innings, Hales has scored 185 runs.
Pakistan vs England Top Team Bowlers
For Pakistan, we recommend Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Shadab Khan. Afridi is dangerous with the new ball and at any point during an innings, so it’s no surprise that the bookmakers have him as a favorite for this match. Rauf bowls with ferocity and variety, and his slower balls could be crucial against England’s aggressive batters.
Our picks for England’s top bowlers are Mark Wood, Sam Curran, and Adil Rashid. Wood caused Pakistan problems earlier this year in the bi-lateral T20I series, and the bookmakers expect him to do so again. Curran’s recent strong form began in September with consistent performances against Pakistan.
Pakistan vs England Head to Head
This will be the 29th T20I between the two teams, with England leading 17-9. In September, they played a seven-match series in Pakistan, which England won 4-3.
Pakistan vs England Head to Head Stats in T20s
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Pakistan vs England Toss Prediction
In night games at this venue, it is said that bowling first has an advantage. It’s a good batting surface that should help batters in the second inning as well. Pakistan prefers to chase, and given England’s recent successful chase, both teams will be eager to bowl first.
Pakistan vs England Pitch Report
The MCG was the site of Pakistan’s World Cup victory over England in 1992, led by Imran Khan. In the T20 World Cup 2022, both England and Pakistan have lost a game at this venue. At this venue, the average first innings score is 146 runs, and the team batting second has won 10 of the 17 T20I matches.
The MCG is offering a well-balanced pitch. Both batters and bowlers will benefit from the pace and bounce. Spinners, on the other hand, should not expect any purchase from this pitch. On match day, a thunderstorm is expected, with a high of 24 degrees Celsius.
Pakistan vs England Prediction
We will be rooting for England to win this match. Pakistan is a dangerous team, and its bowling has the potential to blow this game wide open, but England’s batting lineup is peaking at the right time. In addition, England’s bowlers may be able to expose Pakistani batters’ weaknesses against the short ball in this match.
The fact that this match is being played in Melbourne should be viewed favorably by England.
Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
England is the favourite to beat Pakistan at the odds of 1.60.
Pakistan vs England Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Jos Buttler scored 80 runs off 49 balls against India and is our pick for England’s highest run scorer against Pakistan.