Same Venue, Same Spirit | Can Pakistan Redo 1992? | World T20 Final:
At 1:00 PM (PKT) today, Pakistan will lock horns with England for the ultimate prize of World T20 Trophy. Both teams have been the champions of World T20 once, and this is a golden chance for them to win the trophy twice. 30 years back, these 2 teams met in the final of 50-Over World Cup at the same venue, with Pakistan winning in front of a jam-packed Melbourne Stadium.
Today is the day when either Pakistan will redo what they did in 1992, or England will finally take their revenge of 1992. Pakistan’s journey has been a roller-coaster in World T20 2022, while England has been more dominant. While Pakistan edges past England with their spin attack, England have a more explosive batting lineup. Both sides have equally good pace attack which is ferocious and threatening.
Speaking about the head to head record, Pakistan have never defeated England in a World T20 encounter. They have faced England twice and lost on both occasions. England on the other hand have nightmares of 1992 World Cup (where Pakistan beat them in the final) and also of 2017 Champions Trophy (where Pakistan defeated them in the semi-final). In 28 T20Is between them, England have won 18, Pakistan have won 9 and 1 game ended as no result.
England had the injury scar of Mark Wood in the semi-final, however, he was seen training once again ahead of the final hence it is likely that he will play. There is no positive update on Malan so England will probably make just one change to fit Mark Wood in the lineup. Pakistan are likely to play with the same team as they did in the semi-final.
The weather of Melbourne has cleared out a little bit now. However, there is still possibility of some rain or passing showers.
Overall, it is the dominance of England up against the unpredictability of Pakistan. Both teams have plenty of match winners as well as both sides have great history against each other as well. Pakistan’s last World T20 final was back in 2009 that they won, while England’s last World T20 final was in 2016 which resulted in a heartbreak for them.