England eased past Pakistan to lift its second T20 World Cup title as Sam Curran and Ben Stokes delivered clinical performances in the summit clash.
While the Englishmen dominated the game throughout, Pakistan premium speedster Shaheen Shah Afridi raised a lot of hope with his incredible spell of bowling.
In response to Pakistan’s 137, England openers – Jos Buttler and Alex Hales – started the innings hoping to provide a solid foundation to the team, but Afridi turned the game on its head by rattling Alex Hales’ stumps in the first over of the match.
Afridi picked one wicket and conceded just 13 runs in his first two overs, he could not complete his remaining two overs as he walked out of the ground due to injury concerns, managing to bowl just one more ball.
While many believed that Shaheen Afridi’s injury was one of the reasons England chased down the total with utmost ease, the Pakistan skipper too reiterated the same thought during the post-match presentation.
“Unfortunately, Shaheen injured himself otherwise we could have favorable result His injury cost us the game, but that’s part of the game. We have the best bowling unit in the world due to which we started well in first six overs. However, we fell short of 20 runs. Still, players fought well in a high-stake game and extremely proud of the way they showed character,” Babar Azam said.
Meanwhile, England pacer Sam Curran was adjudged Player of the Match and Tournament award for his incredible bowling performance in the ICC tournament.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga finished the tournament with maximum wickets as he picked 15 wickets in eight innings. Indian batter Virat Kohli who had a terrific World Cup campaign was the highest run-getter as he amassed 296-runs in 6 innings including four half-centuries.