England and Pakistan are set to lock horns at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, November 13. The final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will start at 7:00 pm local/8:00 am GMT/1:30 pm IST.
Ahead of the much-awaited clash, Pakistan captain Babar Azam said that the momentum is with the Men in Green as they have won their last three games. Since will be a big match, so he asked his players to believe in themselves and urged Pakistan fans to keep praying for their second T20 World Cup title triumph.
“I’m more excited than nervous since we’ve performed well in our last three matches. It is no doubt that pressure exists but it can only be suppressed with confidence and belief in ourselves,” Babar told reporters at the press conference in Melbourne.
He added: “And for good results it is impertinent that one must do so. The Pakistan nation has always been our backbone. They uphold us through their enthusiasm. I would again request them to support us and keep praying.”
Meanwhile, England skipper Jos Buttler mentioned that the semi-final performance against India gives them a confidence, but now it doesn’t count for anything.
“Any time you get a chance to play in a World Cup final is a huge honour. We’re really excited as a group, there’s a nice feel around the team,” Buttler told reporters.
“The previous performance (against India) gives us a lot of confidence, but it doesn’t count for anything.
“Tomorrow we start a fresh game against a really tough opposition and any time you are fighting for a trophy you know it isn’t going to come easy.
“So we will focus on them a little bit and on us a lot and what we need to do to prepare well today to turn up tomorrow and do the best we can,” Buttler added.
Head to head record in T20Is
Played: 27 | England won: 18 | Pakistan won: 09
Pitch and Weather report
The pitches used so far at the MCG sees the venue ranks as the slowest in this tournament but it has had decent bounce. The surface during the India versus Pakistan Super 12 clash offered considerable movement but Ireland-England and India-Zimbabwe did not.
90% chances of rain during the match also brings in the prospect of a shortened or DLS game which generally favours the chasing team.
- England wins the toss and bowls first
- Powerplay score: 40-45
- Pakistan total: 160-170
- Pakistan wins the toss and bowls first
- Powerplay score: 35-40
- England total: 150-160
Team batting second to win the contest.
Broadcast and live streaming details for the T20 World Cup final:
- India & rest of the Indian sub-continent (excluding Pakistan and Bangladesh): Star Sports
- United Kingdom: Sky Sports
- Bangladesh: Gazi TV, Rabbithole
- Pakistan: PTV & ARY Digital Networks
- Canada: Willow, Hotstar
- USA: Willow, ESPN+
- USA (Central & South America and Mexico): ESPN+
- Australia: Fox Sports, Kayo
- New Zealand: Sky Sport
- Caribbean: ESPN
- Sub Saharan Africa: SuperSport
- Malaysia: Astro, YuppTV
- Hong Kong: Now TV, YuppTV
- PNG, Fiji & Pacific Islands: PNG Digicel
- Singapore: StarHub
- Rest of the World (Continental Europe, SE Asia & Central /South America): Yupp TV