England have beaten Pakistan to become ´Kings Of the World´ after an incredible world cup final
Ben Stokes hit an unbeaten 52 to take his side to victory in Melbourne, Australia today, Sunday, November 13. This means that England are the first team to be world champions in both 20 over and 50 over!
Stokes, the Star all-rounder, once again proved himself the ultimate big-game player, steering England home with six balls to spare in the face of Pakistan’s fast-bowling brilliance.
England is the first team to hold the ODI and T20 World Cups at the same time after their memorable win over New Zealand in the 2019 50-over final at Lord’s.
Predicted rain failed to arrive and interrupt Sunday night’s blockbuster decider as 80,462 fans turned out for a rematch of the 1992 ODI World Cup final at the same venue.
An explosive spell from tearaway quick Haris Rauf threatened to put Pakistan back in the contest as he dismissed number three Phil Salt and Buttler in quick succession to have the MCG rocking.
Shaheen Afridi took a superb catch to dismiss Harry Brook and have England reeling at 4-84 but the star Pakistani quick hurt himself in the process and was unable to bowl his crucial remaining two overs.
Momentum swung back towards England when Afridi went off the field, as Stokes played the starring role just like he did in the ODI final three years ago.
After playing a vital cameo role with Stokes, Moeen Ali (19), was bowled within five runs of victory.
Earlier, left-arm seamer Sam Curran put in a crucial spell of 3-12 from his four overs, continuing an impressive tournament for the 24-year-old Englishman.
Curran was able to remove the composed Shan Masood, forcing the middle-order batter into a rash shot when caught on the boundary for 38.
He also claimed Mohammad Rizwan (15), bowling the explosive opener for England’s first wicket of the match.
Legspinner Adil Rashid was equally influential, finishing with 2-22 including the vital wicket of Mohammad Haris with his first ball.
Rashid’s next scalp was even more important, as he dismissed dangerous Pakistan captain Babar Azam (32) during an over that turned out to be a wicket-maiden.
Stokes endured a nervous start with the new ball, sending down a no-ball and a wide with the first two deliveries of the game.
But it was all England after that, silencing the pro-Pakistan crowd by taking regular wickets and limiting their ability to find the boundary.