Triumph for England in T20 cricket world cup

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The English team won the tournament by a score of five wickets against the Pakistani team.

At the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, England won their second T20 World Cup after defeating Pakistan by five wickets.

Stokes scored fifty runs without being dismissed throughout England’s victory. 30 years after England was defeated by Pakistan in the 50-over World Cup final at the MCG, England was able to defeat Pakistan by chasing down 138 runs.

In the final of the Twenty20 World Cup, which took place on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, England prevailed against Pakistan. After winning the coin toss, England decided to field their team first. Neither team made any line up adjustments. Pakistan scored 137 runs in the allotted 20 overs for their innings.

Sam Curran was recognized as the Most Valuable Player not just for the game (3/12), but also for the tournament (12 wickets in six matches).

Rizwan and Azam, the world’s No. 2 and No. 4 T20 batsmen, respectively, struggled early in the tournament but have since rediscovered their groove.

Mohammad Haris has contributed with some crucial runs. While Shadab Khan’s economical leg-spin poses a constant danger, Shaheen Shah Afridi can make a case for being the greatest seamer of the competition.

While England’s batting team as a whole is among the strongest in the world, the responsibility falls primarily on openers Jos Buttler and Alex Hales, who annihilated India’s bowling attack in the semi-final. Sam Curran’s bowling has been outstanding in both the middle overs and the final few.

England had a rocky start to the competition, edging off Afghanistan in their first match before losing to Ireland in a rain-delayed contest. Their pivotal match against Australia was then postponed for the same reason. The team lead by Jos Buttler stepped up their game at the perfect time.

England blew out New Zealand, survived Sri Lanka’s spin attack in their final Super 12 game, annihilated India in the semis, and then kept their cool to beat Pakistan in the final. Nearly everyone did a fantastic job in their assigned function. Do not be fooled into thinking that the absence of Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, or Jofra Archer rendered this team weak in any way. Dawid Malan and Mark Wood both went down with injuries before the semi-finals and they were forced to replace both of them.

Chris Jordan and Phil Salt, two bench players, stepped up to the plate. In the playoffs, Jordan took five wickets and England barely noticed Wood’s absence. It was a job well done, and the whole squad and its offspring have a lot to be pleased about.

Once the competition got down to the wire, England sped up and seldom made any mistakes. In their first game of the tournament, they beat Afghanistan, although it took them more than 18 overs to chase down 113, so the victory wasn’t particularly impressive.

England has made history by being the first country to host both the ODI and T20 World Cups at the same time. They have already established themselves as an unstoppable force in white-ball cricket and will try to keep it that way going forward.

The depth of their T20 talent pool was on display at this World Cup, as they performed admirably in the absence of several key players. If the team’s management and think tank are serious about dominating the 2024 T20 World Cup, which will be held in the Caribbean and the United States, they’ll need to treat their young players with the same care and attention they’ve given their other players.

Words: Maryam Shahzadi | Subbing: Yana Trup

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