This is sensible, low-risk cricket from Stokes and Brook. It was always likely to be a run-chase full of mood-swings, and for the moment England’s world is relatively calm.
69-3 after 9 overs
England ticking along nicely. Stokes would normally focus on taking the game deep, but DLS makes that a little more complicated. In the 2019 final, England were probably behind on DLS from overs 19.3 to 49.4. Stokes gets his first boundary in fortunate style, under-edging a reverse sweep down the leg side. Eight from the over. England are nine runs ahead on DLS; they need 69 from 66 balls.
61-3 after 8 overs
England is slightly ahead on DLS, though that will change if they lose another wicket. Every little helps, and Wasim bowls consecutive wides before Brook whips two to cow corner. He’s started with admirable serenity for a young player who had such a difficult tournament. The moment I type that, of course, he misses an attempted drive over extra cover from outside leg stump.
54-3 after 7 overs
It’s time for the legspinner Shadab Khan. Adil Rashid got a lot out of this pitch, so he should be a threat. His second ball beats Brook, and there are five runs from a (relatively) quiet over.
49-3 after 6 overs
5.5 Haris Rauf to Brook, FOUR runs
WICKET! England 44-3 (Buttler c Rizwan b Buttler 26)
Now the edge! Finally the edge! Naseem kept going past it, and perhaps he was moving the ball too much. This is quick, in the corridor, back of a length, and he hits the pitch hard and gets it to nip away just a little bit, while getting it to bounce steeply. Jabs at a back-foot defensive, and the edge carries comfortably to Rizwan
43-2 5 overs
Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes are at the crease in a World Cup final again.
Buttler is distracted by a seagull appearing at mid-on, and pulls away halfway through Naseem’s run-up.
32-2 4 overs
England 32-2 Haris Rauf to Salt, OUT
Now there is a midwicket, and Salt has picked him out. The fielder was at slip earlier, and he moved to midwicket after the boundary. After those two full balls, Rauf goes to what he does best – hard length, into the pitch. Gets up to hip height, cramps Salt on the pull, and he swats it straight into the midriff of Iftikhar at midwicket
28-1 3 overs
Another glorious shot from Buttler, who times Afridi between midwicket and mid-on for his third boundary. He has 20 from 10 balls, Salt 6 of 6.
27-1 2.3 overs: Shaheen Shah Afridi to Buttler, FOUR runs
21-1 after 2 overs
Naseem Shah’s first delivery swings a long way to beat Buttler, but he responds with consecutive cover drives for four. That’s the most emphatic response.
7-1 after 1 over
Hales’s fine tournament ends in disappointment, though he shouldn’t reproach himself too much. It was a storming delivery from Shaheen.
England needs 138
Sam Curran returned with a spell of 3/12 as England restricted Pakistan to 137/8 in the T20 World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Babar Azam and Shan Masood scored 32 and 38 respectively, but no other batter was able to provide the acceleration and hence Pakistan failed to go past the 140-run mark. Earlier, England skipper Jos Buttler won the toss and opted to bowl first. Both the teams are unchanged for the summit clash.
18th over: Pakistan 127-6 (Nawaz 3 Wasim 3) Dropped him! Wasim slaps Jordan to backward point, where Brook puts down a tricky diving chance. Wasim steals a single – and then gets two more when Brook’s throw evades Stokes backing up.
127-6 after 18 overs
WICKET! Pakistan 123-6 (Shadab c Woakes b Jordan 20)
Superb bowling from Chris Jordan. He rammed a short ball into the surface, and Shadab could only clout it to mid-off. That’s a vital wicket because Shadab is very dangerous at the death.
122-5 after 17 overs
WICKET! Pakistan 121-5 (Shan c Livingstone b Curran 38)
Sam Curran strikes again! Shan hoicked a slower ball towards deep midwicket, where Livingstone took a comfortable catch. He goes for a useful 28-ball 38, and now Curran is the leading wickettaker since the beginning of the Super 12s.
119-4 after 16 overs
A poor fielding effort from Philip Salt at deep sees Pakistan get a four instead of a couple of runs. Shadab Khan hit the Ben Stokes’ delivery in front of square. Salt covered good ground before putting in a slide to stop the ball, but his lack of concentration saw the ball slip from his hands and run to the boundary rope.
106-4 after 15 overs
98-4 after 14
Cricketer Brad Hogg says Adil Rashid has not had the best year, but in the games that count he has risen to the moment. “Finals Fever. Well bowled.”
Rashid finishes up
Rashid has bowled slower tonight than in any other game in this tournament and Pakistan have struggled to get him away: just a single boundary across his four overs, and 10 dot balls.
89-4 after 13 overs
PAK vs ENG: Injury scare!
Shan Masood has been hit on his helmet on the ball of Chris Jordan. It was a bouncer delivery and Masood misssed his pull. The ball hit him on the left side of the head and the physio is currently checking him.
85-4 after 12.2 overs: Stokes to Iftikhar (0), OUT
England is bossing this game at the moment! Ben Stokes has got the wicket of Ifikhar Ahmed and Pakistan are in big-big trouble at the moment. It was a superb delivery outside off stump from Ben Stokes that got some really good bounce off the surface. All Iftikhar could do was to edge the ball to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
84-3 after 12 overs
Pakistan is left 3 down after Babar Azam lost his wicket to Adil Rashid in the 12th over.
With spin on, risk had to be taken and Shan does exactly that. Slaps Livingstone for a four and then dances down the track for a straight six. 16 off it. Pakistan needed that.
PAK vs ENG: SIX!
Shan Masood gets out of his crease this time and the result is even better, a six! Pakistan is gaining some really good momentum here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
PAK 82/2 (10.5)
Pakistan looks to rebuild
Pakistan has often struggled to find the right tempo when batting first in T20Is and today looks no different. They’re 68 for 2 at the halfway stage, with Shan Masood starting steadily at No. 4 alongside Babar Azam. The vast outfield at the MCG doesn’t necessarily lend itself to huge totals, but it’s hard to picture Pakistan winning without adding at least 80 runs in the second half of their innings.
68-2 after 10 overs
Babar Azam continues to hold one end tight as two-down Pakistan looks to rebuild against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
59-2 after 9 overs
PAK vs ENG: WICKET!
Mohammad Haris is gone!
Adil Rashid got Mohammad Haris trapped at long-on and with it Pakistan is two down against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
PAK 45/2 (7.1)
39-1 after 6 overs: Woakes to Haris, 4 runs
That’s a poor delivery from Chris Woakes. He bowled a slower ball down the leg side to Babar Azam and the Pakistan skipper just needed to guide it down to the fine leg boundary for a four. He did, exactly that! It is also the first four of the innings for Pakistan.
PAK 33/1 (5.2)
29-1 after 5 overs
Mohammad Rizwan gets Pakistan going with a perfect slog-sweep for six over deep backward square leg, and in Sam Curran’s next over he dives to make his ground, prompting a delay after his helmet skewed into his face.
PAK vs ENG: England in control!
England were already off to a good start but Sam Curran’s wicket has put them ahead in this game now. Just one more over left in the first powerplay and Pakistan are not even going at 6 runs per over.
PAK 29/1 (5)
MELBOURNE: England skipper Jos Buttler won the toss Sunday and opted to bowl against Pakistan in the final clash of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 on Sunday.
The Green Shirts are facing the Englishmen today at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The match will start at 1pm (PST).
The final match between the two teams is threatened by rain in the host city as intermittent showers are likely during the finale of the short-format tournament.
According to the weather forecast, the chances of showers have dropped from 95% to 46% in the city today. The chances of showers dropped to 41% at 7pm and 44% at 8pm. Melbourne will have increased chances — 53% to 65% — of rain from 9pm to 11pm today.