England on a high after thrashing India
- England have dominated the rivalry in T20 cricket with 18 wins to 9
- The two teams had played a seven-match series ahead of the World Cup, which England won by 4-3
England and Pakistan are set to lock horns in the ultimate battle – the final of the men’s T20 World Cup, when they meet at the MCG on Sunday, November 13th. England, who reached the semifinals with three wins and a no result, hammered Group 2 table-toppers India by 10 wickets at Adelaide. England have odd of 1.59 of winning the mega clash at the MCG.
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Pakistan were dependent on others, but they made it to the knockouts with three wins. In the semi-final, they defeated Group 1 leaders New Zealand by seven wickets at Sydney. Pakistan’s chance of winning this one and lifting the the trophy stand at 2.32.
How’s the Pitch?
Melbourne Cricket Ground has served pitches with significant assistance for the pacers in the ongoing World Cup. The overcast conditions also seemed to have played a part in that. The Melbourne weather has been an issue in the tournament, and it doesn’t look great for the final either. There’s over 70% chance of rain on Sunday afternoon and evening.
Our pick: England have a batting unit that can handle the Pakistan’s bowling attack and generally have had an edge over the opponents. Back England to win the final at 1.59!
Noteworthy, Pakistan have the best bowling attack globally with all bases covered. Shaheen Afridi returning to his best has elevated the side. The middle order has been in good form while openers finding touch is great news for them.
England’s opening duo obliterated the Indian attack in the semi-final. Their batting unit has the ability to take on Pakistan bowlers. Their bowling unit has also done exceedingly well.
Keep an eye on...
Alex Hales has stepped up for England in a big way in three important clashes. He scored 52 and 47 in the last two group fixtures before blasting 86* off 47 against India in the semi-final. Hales’ experience in these conditions makes him a crucial asset.
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Shaheen Shah Afridi wasn’t at his best in the early part of the tournament, but has gained full fitness and rhythm back. The left arm pacer picked 3/14 and 4/22 in the last two group games, and then snared 2/24 versus New Zealand in the semi-final.