Pakistan vs England, Pakistan Playing XI vs England (Predicted), ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Final

Pakistan vs England, Pakistan Playing XI vs England (Predicted), ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Final. England and Pakistan take on each other in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Melbourne on November 13.

Pakistan vs England final will be a rematch of the 1992 World Cup final in many ways. Both teams are past winners of the T20 World Cup. Pakistan won it in 2009 while England in 2010. This is England’s first final since the 2016 T20 World Cup while for Pakistan this is their first final in 13 years.

Pakistan began its campaign with back-to-back losses against India and Zimbabwe. They won their next two games against the Netherlands and South Africa. South Africa’s loss to the Netherlands meant that the Asian country needed to beat Bangladesh in their final Super 12 game which they did with ease.

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. Pic Credits: Twitter

They brought out their best game against the Kiwis in the first semi-final and are now dreaming to win their second T20 World Cup title after 2009. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan struck the fifties to come back into form in the knick of time. After a slow start, Shaheen Shah Afridi now has 10 wickets in the tournament and he took 2/24 against the Kiwis.

New Zealand managed 152 for 4, riding on Daryl Mitchell’s unbeaten 35-ball 53 and skipper Kane Williamson’s 46 off 42 balls. Pakistan achieved the target with five balls to spare with Babar Azam (53 off 42) and Mohammad Rizwan (57 off 43) sharing a 105-run stand for the opening wicket.

Pakistan 153 for 3 (Rizwan 57, Babar 53, Boult 2-33) beat New Zealand 152 for 4 (Mitchell 53*, Williamson 46, Afridi 2-24) by seven wickets

Pakistan and England have played 28 T20Is between themselves with England winning 18 matches while Pakistan nine. The two sides recently met in a bilateral T20I series with England winning the series 4-3. In the last five matches between both teams, England have a head-to-head of 4-1.

Pakistan vs England 2022
Pakistan vs England 2022 Photo Credit: (Getty Images)

England crushed India in the 1st semi-final with Alex Hales and Jos Buttler toying around with the Indian bowling attack. The England openers led the team to a 10-wicket win over the 2007 champions with 4 overs remaining. While this was disappointing for the Indian fans, it must have come as a warning for Pakistan.

England are coming to the game with a deep batting lineup and a spirited bowling attack.  There will be no room for errors for Pakistan. The top-order will have to be on their best day if they are to put England under pressure.

Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam at the top while Mohammad Haris and Shan Masood in the middle order need to step on the gas and hurt England’s bowling attack. Pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, who went wicketless in the first two games, picked 10 wickets in the next four.

Imran Khan led Pakistan to the 1992 World Cup triumph. Image-AP
Imran Khan led Pakistan to the 1992 World Cup triumph. Image-AP

The stage is all set for an exciting T20 World Cup 2022 final at the MCG. Pakistan will be out to repeat their heroics of the 1992 World Cup where they beat England to be crowned champions.

Two back-to-back losses in their first two games almost had Pakistan on the flight back to Karachi. Even a single loss from their remaining four matches would have sent them home. Even winning all these games didn’t guarantee Pakistan a spot in the semi-finals. It took a special upset in Group 2 as the Netherlands beat South Africa to open up more possibilities.

Pakistan taking on Bangladesh became a virtual quarterfinal with both teams in the hunt for the semi-final berth.  Shadab Khan’s inning against South Africa changed the game for the Asian Giants. It not only helped the team win that crucial encounter but also infused some much-needed belief in the middle order. The openers failed in the tournament from the start.

Shadab Khan (Image Credits: Getty Images)
Shadab Khan (Image Credits: Getty Images)

From the South Africa game onward, new match-winners started cropping up in the middle order. Shadab Khan, Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, and Iftikhar Ahmed all stepped up and gave the fans and the skipper a lot of confidence. Not to forget the all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz.

And finally, the openers, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam came to the party with a 105-runs opening stand in the semi-final against New Zealand. Mohammad Haris will be a key player to watch out for in the final. The bowlers will have a big task at hand. The opposition has an unbelievably deep batting lineup. And getting through that won’t be easy. Pakistan need to make a few replacements and get pacers in for spinners.

Pakistan Predicted 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 Shah Afridi

Pakistan vs England, Pakistan Playing XI vs England (Predicted), ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Final

Babar Azam

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Image Credits: Twitter)

Babar Azam is leading the Pakistan squad in the T20I World Cup 2022. He is the opener for the team during the tournament. The right-handed batsman is one of the top-ranked batsmen in T20Is (ICC batter ranked 4).

He scored only 68 runs in Asia Cup 2022 in 6 T20Is averaging a mere 11.33. However, he followed his failure in Asia Cup by scoring 285 runs in the subsequent England 7-match T20Is averaging 57 and 192 runs in New Zealand Tri-Series averaging 48. He had a poor T20 World Cup 2022 so far, managing only 92 runs in 6 T20Is averaging a mere 15.33. He however scored 53 against New Zealand in the semis.

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