T20 World Cup: Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, remarked after his team’s five-wicket loss to England in the ICC T20 World Cup final that his team was 20 runs short and that Shaheen Afridi’s injury “put them off.” Sam Curran and Ben Stokes’ outstanding play helped England defeat Pakistan by five wickets in a thrilling low-scoring final on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), giving them their second ICC T20 World Cup victory since 2010. “Congratulations to England; they fought valiantly and deserved to win. Here, we felt at home, and each venue provided excellent support. I appreciate your help. Yes, we lost the first two games, but it’s amazing how far we came in the last four “Azam stated during the post-game presentation.
“We fell 20 runs short and the guys fought valiantly with the ball, but I only instructed them to play their natural game. One of the best bowling attacks in the entire globe is ours. Unfortunately, Shaheen’s injury distracted us, but it is par for the course in sports “Azam continued regarding the game.
After taking Harry Brook’s catch in the 13th over, Shaheen Afridi appeared to suffer a knee injury. He tried to resume bowling when he came back but was unsuccessful. Out of his four overs, he could only bowl 2.1.
When Pakistan was given the opportunity to bat first by England in the game, they were reduced to 137/8 in 20 overs. The majority of their team’s runs were scored by Shan Masood (38) and captain Babar Azam (32).
The leading bowler for England in the championship game was Sam Curran (3/12). A few significant wickets were also taken by pacer Chris Jordan (2/27) and spinner Adil Rashid (2/22). Ben Stokes just had one strike.
England was dropped to 45/3 in 5.3 overs while chasing 138. However, a 48-run partnership between Moeen Ali (19 off 13 balls) and Ben Stokes (52 not out off 49 balls with five fours and a six) turned the tide of the match in England’s favour, as they went on to win their second championship and their first since 2010.
For Pakistan, Haris Rauf (2/23) was the bowler of choice. Each Shaheen, Wasim, and Shadab chose one.
For his match-winning spell in the championship, Curran was named “Man of the Match.”