A repeat of 1992 or revenge for 1992? The script has come out well as Pakistan fought back from heavy lows in the tournament to make the Finals, and possibly start as favorites. England though are equally as good, if not better. They disappointed many as England deprived the World of an India vs Pakistan Finals, hammering India by ten wickets. They have some injury concerns, but the form and performance of the remaining players in this squad has been good enough to ensure England do not feel the absence of the likes of Dawid Malan. Mark Wood’s extra pace though could be missed, although Adil Rashid has stepped up nicely in the middle-overs.
Played- 28 | Pakistan – 17 | England – 10 | No Result- 0 | Tie- 1
Date: November 13th 2022
Time: 1:30 PM IST
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Rain is a threat on both the Finals Day and the Reserve day.
The Melbourne track is helping fast bowlers up front and swing will be a a factor. Batting first is a better option.
Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Ifthikar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf
Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan/Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, David Willey
Alex Hales is on song in his second wind. He is doing a lot right and was the primary aggressor against India in the Semi-Finals. With form behind him, a good innings from Alex Hales in the Finals could make him a strong contender for the player of the tournament.
Shadab Khan has been Pakistan’s go to man in the tournament. He is stepping up with bat, ball and has been very inspirational in the field. He has already shown leadership credentials, and will be a key factor in the Finals given his ability to provide impacts at various stages of the game.
One side has the best batting line-up and the other has the best bowling line-up in the tournament. Pakistan are unpredictable with their performances while England are generally solid and have been pretty consistent. While England are favorites, Pakistan’s recent form and unpredictability could see them winning the tournament.