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13-Nov-2022 11:40:00 GMT
Eng vs Pak - ICC T20 World Cup Final, MCG

Stokes, Curran lead England to T20 World Cup glory

England become the first team to hold the ICC 20 and 50-over world titles.
England become the first team to hold the ICC 20 and 50-over world titles.
England 138 for 5 (Stokes 52*, Rauf 2-23) beat Pakistan 137 for 8 (Masood 38, Curran 3-12, Rashid 2-22) by five wickets

Melbourne: England beat Pakistan by five wickets in a pulsating final in Melbourne to win the Men's T20 World Cup for a second time.

Chasing 138 in front of a febrile Pakistan-supporting crowd, they fell to 45-3 and 84-4 amid electric fast bowling.

But, under intense pressure at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, Ben Stokes wrote himself further into the folklore of English cricket by ending on 52 not out.

He was there at the end, as he was in the 2019 50-over World Cup final three years ago, as this current white-ball side provided another of English cricket's greatest wins.

As the equation tightened, Stokes capitalised on a cruel injury to Pakistan left-armer Shaheen Afridi and took England to victory with six balls to spare.

The win, thanks in large part to a superb bowling performance from Sam Curran and Adil Rashid, means England become the first team to hold the men's 20 and 50-over world titles.

As Stokes pulled away after hitting the winning runs, he roared - his celebration reminiscent of his other iconic knock in the 2019 Ashes Test at Headingley.

He was soon mobbed by his team-mates before they ran to celebrate in front of the few England fans among this massive crowd of 80,462.

The pitch was tricky but England had looked strong favourites after their bowling performance restricted Pakistan to 137-8.

England, though, know finals are never easy. Their experience at Lord's in 2019 showed that.

Pakistan have the best pace attack in the world and the crowd erupted as early wickets fell in the chase.

This is also a weekend in which England's Red Roses lost a rugby union World Cup final and the men's rugby league side were beaten in a World Cup semi-final.

But Stokes stayed calm throughout, even as the equation tightened to a situation where 41 runs were needed from 30 balls.

His innings also banished memories of the 2016 T20 World Cup final, when he was crushed by Carlos Brathwaite's four consecutive sixes in the final over as West Indies took the title.

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