Buttler-inspired England take revenge for 1992 defeat

MELBOURNE (a1tv News)Jos Buttler-inspired England took revenge for the 1992 defeat as they beat Pakistan by 5 wickets to clinch the trophy of the ICC World T20 at the MCG on Sunday.

Earlier, seamer Sam Curran (3/12) and spinner Adil Rashid (2/22) were near unplayable at the iconic Melbourne ground as Pakistan mustered together 137/8 after being put into bat by England captain Jos Buttler.

Buttler had no hesitation in opting to send Pakistan into bat first in overcast conditions in Melbourne and the decision paid dividends almost immediately as Curran picked up the key wicket of Mohammad Rizwan for 14.

Fellow opener Babar Azam tried to rescue the innings, but Rashid got the big wicket of the Pakistan skipper as the runs continued to dry up.

Shan Masood (38) and Shadab Khan (20) contributed some handy runs, but England will be confident of chasing down the score and claiming a second T20 World Cup title.

England named an unchanged XI for the match, with fast bowler Mark Wood and key batter Dawid Malan not proving their fitness in time for the clash.

It meant Chris Jordan and Phil Salt get another chance to perform, with Jordan fresh from his three-wicket haul against India in the semi-finals.

England: Jos Buttler (c, wk), Alex Hales, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid

Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi

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