England Crowned T20 World Champions After Beating Pakistan in Thrilling Final in Melbourne

England Crowned T20 World Champions After Beating Pakistan in Thrilling Final in Melbourne

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM
  • Ben Stokes led England to victory thanks to his 52 from just 48 balls
  • Shaheen Afridi's injury was a critical period in the game as England took control
  • England are now the reigning 50 over World Champions and T20 World Champions

England are the T20 Champions of the world.

The Barmy Army secured victory over Pakistan in a tense final in Melbourne.

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Jos Buttler's England were crowned T20 World Champions after they beat Pakistan in a thrilling final in Melbourne. Image: Daniel Pockett/ PA Wire/Martin Keep
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Pakistan batted first but were restricted to 137/8 from their 20 overs. Shan Masood top scored with 38 from 28 balls while captain Babar Azam chipped in with 32 from 28 balls. Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan grabbed 2 wickets each as England restricted the Pakistani team to a relatively low total. England, though, were made to work hard for their win. Despite chasing a low total, England didn't have it all their own way and often found themselves chasing the game. With England still needing over 40 runs from five overs, Pakistan appeared to be in cruise control, but then tragedy hit. Star bowler Shaheen Afridi, who was injured earlier in the game, could not complete his overs and had to be replaced by Iftikhar Ahmed. Ahmed bowled five balls but conceded 13 runs in the process. The poor over opened the flood gates and Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali dispatched the ball to all parts of the group. Despite Ali getting out, England still secured victory as Stokes led the charge. Stokes hit 52 of 49 balls as he led his side to a hard fought victory. They became the first team to hold the 50 over World Cup and the T20 World Cup at the same time.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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