Sam Curran and Ben Stokes powered England to their second ICC Men’s T20 World Cup title after 2010. They defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets in a low-scoring remaining at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, November 13.
However, it was not a one-sided affair as Pakistan bowlers made England batters sweat to chase a goal of 138. While quick bowlers Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf made it troublesome for England to maintain their wickets, all-rounder Ben Stokes saved calm and led his group over the end line.
After the match, Pakistan captain Babar Azam denied that his group felt the strain of the event and highlighted the key reason behind their defeat.
“Bowlers did a decent job in the middle overs but Shaheen’s injury cost us,” Babar stated in the post-match press convention.
“It could’ve been a different result [had Shaheen stayed on]. So disappointed.
“The fight in the bowling was good. Had Shaheen been there could’ve made things different,” added Babar when requested to disclose the essential second of the match.
Shaheen sustained the damage in the thirteenth over of the second innings. He returned to bowl the fifteenth over however needed to go off the area after bowling the first supply.
Throwing gentle on Pakistan’s T20 World Cup marketing campaign, which began with two last-ball defeats and ended with an excellent remaining against England, Babar stated that the early setback was sudden.
“We weren’t expecting to lose the first two; people and us both. But how we’ve come back; grabbed chances, I’m proud of the team as a captain.
“The middle order stepped up; individual performances also helped and showed up.
“I’m happy as a captain,” concluded Babar.
Pakistan will now think about successful the ODI World Cup subsequent 12 months, which is able to happen in India.