England skipper Jos Buttler has won the toss and elected to field first in the finals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. He said that he chose to bowl because of the weather. Babar Azam, Pakistani captain, on the other hand, said that he would also have preferred to bowl. Furthermore, neither team has made any changes to their previous playing XIs, which helped them reach the tournament’s finals.

Playing XI

PAKISTAN: Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi

ENGLAND: Jos Buttler(w/c), Alex Hales, Philip Salt, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid

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Pakistan and England will square off in the final of T20 World Cup at Melbourne’s MCG on November 13, recreating the 1992 World Cup Final. 

In the T20 World Cup thus far, Pakistan’s campaign has been extremely unpredictable. Men in Green have experienced conflict at both the bottom and the top in the last three weeks. Pakistan’s hopes appeared to be over after losing by one run to India and Zimbabwe in the final ball. However, Pakistan is in the final and is just a step away from winning their second championship if all results go in their favour.  

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However, after crushing India by 10 wickets, Jos Buttler and company will be incredibly confident. For a while, Jos Buttler and Alex Hales appeared in their best form. Despite Wood not participating, the bowling unit held a strong India to a score of 168.

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In this competition, the English bowling unit has performed above expectations. They will not be as good at bowling as Pakistan, though. Right now, Pakistan has the best bowling attack in the world. They must therefore make an effort to rule Pakistan using their most valuable asset, their batting.

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The weather in Melbourne, on the other hand, is likely to be a stumbling block. The good news is that the ICC has a reserve day on Monday, and the final could be moved there. Showers and even severe thunderstorms are expected, according to the Australian Meteorological Department.

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A knock-out requires a minimum of 10 overs per side, as opposed to five in the group stages. If the match begins on Sunday but is not completed, it will resume on Monday from where it was interrupted.