England scripted history on Sunday (13 November) as they beat Pakistan to lift their second T20 World Cup title. The Jos Buttler-led team were clinical in their approach as they thrashed Pakistan by five wickets. Ben Stokes played a match-winning knock of 52* while Adil Rashid also made a handy contribution as the leg-spinner bagged two crucial wickets in his four overs.
With this win, England finally ended the 12-year wait of lifting a T20 WC title. Jos Buttler was brilliant as a captain as the England wicketkeeper marshalled his troops perfectly throughout the tournament. It never looked like that Buttler was leading a team for the first time in a World Cup. Not only on the field, but Buttler was also his player’s captain off the field.
An example of this was seen during the winning celebrations. In a video going viral on the internet, Buttler was seen asking Adil Rashid to leave the trophy celebrations and also ensured Moeen Ali was not there before other players opened the champagne
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For those unversed, Islam does not permit the consumption of alcohol in any form. Not only consumption, but Muslims should avoid even indirect association with alcohol, and as Rashid and Ali are vivid followers of Islam, Buttler ensured his players’ beliefs and sentiments are not hurt.
Coming to the game, it was definitely not a one-sided game. Pakistan fought their way back after losing the plot in the first half. The pace quartet of Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, and Muhammad Wasim did a terrific job to take the game till the 19th over.
While Shaheen drew the first blood in the form of Alex Hales, Rauf got the big wicket of Buttler as well as Phil Salt. Naseem Shah troubled Stokes while Muhammad Wasim Jr dismissed Moeen Ali to make things interesting to a certain extent.