T20 WC 2022: Pakistan’s dream of winning the T20 World Cup title for the second time remained unfulfilled. Pakistan team led by Babar Azam suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of England in the title match played in Melbourne. Despite the brilliant performance of the bowlers in the thrilling match, Pakistan’s team failed to defend their score of 137 runs. England achieved this small target of Pakistan in 19 overs due to Ben Stokes’ unbeaten half-century of 52 runs.
With the defeat of Pakistan, their unique dream of repeating the 1992 World Cup victory was also shattered. In fact, Pakistan won its first ODI World Cup 30 years ago under the captaincy of Imran Khan by defeating England on the Melbourne ground in 1992. In such a situation, some such coincidences were made this time, seeing that the people of Pakistan and the former cricketers there hoped to do something amazing like 1992 and they also called it the Nizam of nature. However, Ben Stokes and Sam Curran gave all his hopes up. Not only this, luck also betrayed Pakistan tremendously during the match and at one time where that match was in its hold, an incident took it away from the reach of the title.
Shaheen Afridi after injury
In fact, after the end of 12 overs in the second innings, England needed 56 runs from 48 balls to win and Harry Brooke and Ben Scokes shared a 39-run partnership for the fourth wicket. But on the third ball of the next over, Brook played an aerial shot against Shadab Khan towards long off which was caught by Shaheen Afridi. Shaheen took a brilliant catch of Brook near the boundary and sent him to the pavilion, but during this he himself injured his ankle.
Shaheen Afridi after injury
Shaheen had bowled two overs before getting injured and during this he also took one wicket for 13 runs. In such a situation, Babar had saved his last two overs for the death overs. But Pakistan had to bear the brunt of Shaheen’s injury in the 16th over. Before the start of the 16th over, England needed 41 runs from 30 balls to win. Shaheen completely dodges Moeen on the first ball. But after that, he left the over midway, groaning in pain and walked out of the field. After Afridi’s departure, Iftikhar Ahmed bowled the last five deliveries on which Moeen Ali and Stokes put together 13 runs. With this over, England returned to the match and snatched the victory from the hands of Pakistan.
Shaheen Afridi groaning in pain
Pakistan captain Babar Azam also admitted after the match that Shaheen’s injury cost him dearly. Babar said after the match that if Shaheen had bowled that over, things could have been different. Then two left-handed batsmen (Stokes and Moeen Ali) were at the crease and so I handed the ball to the off-spinner. We played according to the conditions but we were under pressure till the 20th over. Had Shaheen been there, the story could have been different.
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