T20 World Cup final, Pakistan vs England, Live Score Updates: Jos Buttler has given England a one-sided start while chasing a target of 138 runs against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup final match played on Sunday. Shaheen Afridi hit a four in his first over to dismiss England opener Alex Hales. Earlier, Sam Curran took 3 for 12 and Adil Rashid took 2 for 22 as England restricted Pakistan to 137 for 8 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Babar Azam and Shan Masood scored 32 and 38 runs for Pakistan respectively. England captain Jos Buttler won the toss and elected to bowl first. (live scorecard)
Naseem Shah to Stokes, 1 run, short of length delivery on the leg stump, Stokes punches to point for a quick single, throw to the bowler’s end but misses
Naseem Shah to Stokes, no run, full delivery, Stokes drives towards mid-off and doesn’t hit the gap
Naseem Shah to Stokes, no run, inside edge onto pad again, this time it looks to point as Stokes looks to defend
Naseem Shah to Stokes, no run, good length delivery on the leg stump, Stokes looks to defend, gets an inside edge onto pad
Naseem Shah to Moeen Ali, 1 run, uppish pull shot, mistimed over mid-on. Short of a length delivery, Mo went for a hit over the infield. Survives despite a mishit
–Has captained England to series win against Pakistan recently
–Go-to stroke: Pull against pace and loft against spin
–Strengths: Can play the counter-attacking role at any stage of the game
–Current form: Off all the 4 innings he played, his 24 against Ireland at MCG remains his highest score this WC
Naseem Shah to Moeen Ali, no run, oh Stokes escapes a runout. Mo mistimed the push towards mid-on, Stokes takes off for a some reason. Actually it was Mo who said yes initially and then hit the brakes. Stokes slips while trying to turn back. Fielder aims for direct-hit but misses
Shadab Khan to Stokes, 2 runs, to deep extra cover
Shadab Khan to Stokes, no run
Shadab Khan to Moeen Ali, 1 run, to cover point
Moeen Ali, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Shaheen walks off the field
STAT: Most wickets for Pakistan in T20Is
98 Shadab Khan
97 Shahid Afridi
85 Saeed Ajmal
85 Umar Gul
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, out Caught by Shaheen Afridi!! In the airrrr, taken so well by Shaheen overhead. Flighted delivery outside off stump, Brook looks for a big lofted hit, hits it flat towards long-off. Shaheen runs in and bends to take it overhead. Makes it look simple. Oh hang on, Shaheen is limping. Not good signs. Looks like he has hurt his right knee as he took that catch when it hit the ground or he bent it awkwardly. Harry Brook c Shaheen Afridi b Shadab Khan 20(23) [4s-1]
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, no run, played towards cover
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, 2 runs, woked away wide of long-on and they come back for the second
Naseem Shah to Stokes, no run
Big shout for caught behind. They are unsure, Babar doesn’t get a confident word from the keeper. Looks at the timer ticking down and signals last moment. But it’s a flat-line on UltraEdge!
Naseem Shah to Stokes, no run, and again! Stokes plays inside the line of this short of length delivery and misses because of pace, bounce, angle and away movement. Smiles at the bowler
Naseem Shah to Stokes, no run, beaten! Naseem Shah goes past the bat for the umpteenth time today. Is getting some away movement off the pitch
Naseem Shah to Harry Brook, 3 runs, oh that could be a stunning diving save from Haris Rauf. This short of length delivery was pulled over mid-wicket. Rauf ran to the right from long-on and dived full length, just got his hands in time but he did so well to stop the boundary. MCG applauds that effort
Harry Brook has been a little skittish out in the middle. He has not had much game time and struggled a bit in the tournament. His running between the wickets tonight has been a little hairy. Took a nasty blow on the elbow, but seems to have recovered,” reckons Michael Atherton on air.
Naseem Shah to Harry Brook, no run, swing and a miss! Short of a length delivery, Brook backs away and slogs, misses
Looks like Haris Rauf had a chat with Naseem before the start of the over and asked him to bowl back of a length into the pitch
Naseem Shah to Harry Brook, no run, “wooo” is the expression from Brook. Simple back of a length stuff, but it’s come at great pace and look at that steep bounce, even Rizwan had to jump. Beaten
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, 1 run, to mid-wicket
Shadab Khan to Stokes, 1 run, googly, slowly taps this to cover-point for an easy single this time
Shadab Khan to Stokes, no run, make that four dots! Full delivery, Stokes pushes to cover, can’t hit the gap and find a run
Shadab Khan to Stokes, no run, on the leg stump, Stokes pushes towards cover
Shadab Khan to Stokes, no run, googly on the leg stump, Stokes defends
Shadab Khan to Stokes, no run, guides towards short third man
Mohammad Wasim Jr to Harry Brook, no run
Mohammad Wasim Jr to Stokes, 1 run, dug out to cover
Mohammad Wasim Jr to Stokes, FOUR, full toss, punch drive but look at that race and tease Mohammad Haris’s dive to the left. Stokes didn’t try to hit that hard, placed into the gap for four
Stokes pulls away as the DJ continues the music as the bowler was running in
Mohammad Wasim Jr to Harry Brook, 1 run, good length delivery on the stumps, Brook knocks it to mid-wicket
Mohammad Wasim Jr to Stokes, 1 run, yorker, Stokes digs it out to short mid-wicket, fumble and they sneak a run. Could have been interesting otherwise
Mohammad Wasim Jr to Harry Brook, 1 run, swings and gets an edge that escapes to third man
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, 1 run, to sweeper cover
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, no run
Shadab Khan to Stokes, 1 run, quicker delivery, Stokes pulls to deep mid-wicket
Shadab Khan to Stokes, FOUR, oh under edge almost knocks out leg stump but goes for four! Stokes brings out the reverse sweep, the line was down leg so he couldn’t middle. Cruelly for Pakistan, the edge runs away
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, 1 run, advances and drives this flighted delivery to long-on
Brook against Pakistan in the T20I series before the WC: 238 runs at an average of 79.33 and a strike-rate of 163.01
Shadab Khan to Stokes, 1 run, Stokes dangerously exposes all stumps as he backs away and punches this flatter delivery square of the wicket on the off-side
Mohammad Wasim Jr to Harry Brook, no run, oh smacked on the right elbow. That’s not going to be fun. Cramped for room was Brook with this short of length delivery
Mohammad Wasim Jr to Harry Brook, no run, Brook backs away and tries to force it on the off-side, misses as he loses balance. Ball almost takes the edge
Pratyush: Pak has a strong bowling attack, but it won’t be able to counter England’s batting depth, especially is such a small target
Mohammad Wasim Jr to Harry Brook, 2 runs, walk down the pitch to make a statement but Mohammad Wasim Jr drags the length back to force a flick along the ground wide of long-on
Mohammad Wasim Jr to Stokes, 1 run, good length delivery on the leg stump, Stokes looks to defend, gets an inside edge that rolls to short fine leg
Shanmukh: Haris uses all his BBL experience when he bowls at the ‘G
Mohammad Wasim Jr to Stokes, wide, Babar stares at Mohammad Wasim Jr. Short and wide, too high and too wide. Two freebie runs
Mohammad Wasim Jr to Stokes, wide, fired down leg. Discipline the need of the hour for Pakistan
Mohammad Wasim Jr to Harry Brook, 1 run, short of length delivery, Brook goes back and punches to deep cover
Gowtham Chintalapati: Modest totals to defend and you’ll definitely find Pakistan bowling with a lot of steam.
Mohammad Wasim Jr to Stokes, 1 run, slapped to deep cover
Shadab Khan to Stokes, 1 run, to long-off
Shadab Khan to Stokes, no run, shortish delivery, Stokes keeps it out
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, 1 run, on the leg stump, Brook pulls this wide of long-on
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, 2 runs, shortish delivery, Brook cuts to deep backward point
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, no run, beaten! Spinning away outside off stump and slower through the air, Brook sucked into a loose drive, almost edges as he plays away from the body
Shadab Khan to Stokes, 1 run, spinning down leg, Stokes knocks it to long-on
Shadab Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Haris Rauf to Harry Brook, no run
Haris Rauf to Harry Brook, FOUR, flicked away after advancing to the bowler. On the pads, neat flick shot, good timing teases mid-on all the way to the boundary
Haris Rauf to Harry Brook, no run, short of length delivery on the off stump, Brook defends
Harry Brook, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Haris Rauf to Buttler, out Caught by Rizwan!! It didn’t happen for Naseem Shah, but Haris Rauf makes it happen. He will make it happen if it’s the MCG. Short of a length delivery just outside off stump. Buttler pokes in his defence and nicks off. Just a hint of away seam and Buttler, having escaped the entire over against Naseem, gets a thick outside edge. Massive moment in the game. Pakistan right in this now. Buttler c Rizwan b Haris Rauf 26(17) [4s-3 6s-1]
Haris Rauf to Buttler, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
Haris Rauf to Buttler, wide, short and down leg, Buttler sits under it
Haris Rauf to Stokes, 1 run, driven off the front foot, man at mid-off dives to the right and gets a hand on it
Haris Rauf to Stokes, no run, fullish delivery, Stokes defends
Over Summary (1-5)
Naseem Shah to Buttler, no run
Naseem Shah to Buttler, no run, if it’s outside off, it’s past the outside edge. That’s how the script has been this over.
Naseem Shah to Buttler, SIX, oh Buttler, Jos Buttler! The confidence and the audacity to move across and scoop a skiddy quick pacer nonchalantly for six over fine leg. And this after being beaten thrice on the outside edge in three balls. Wow!
Rizwan asks Babar for a slip and he gets his wish
Naseem Shah to Buttler, no run, play and miss yet again! Buttler wants to drive this length delivery on the rise, the ball moves away late to trouble him
Naseem Shah to Buttler, no run, beaten again. Again pacy length delivery that just moves away to beat Buttler on the outside edge
Buttler backs away last second as he sees a seagull fly around!
Naseem Shah to Buttler, 5 wides, naaah, Naseem Shah, naah! Leg-side wide that the keeper can do nothing about. Kills the mood for Pakistan. Probably tried the inswinger and sprayed it around
Naseem Shah to Buttler, no run, threatens the outside edge! Buttler tries to defend this length delivery by some late outswing does him in
–Go-to-stroke: stand and deliver. Doesn’t matter the direction
–Strengths: Not afraid of playing innnovative reverse sweeps against spin and can hold the innings together as well
–Current form: Apart from the 42 not out against Sri Lanka, the rest of the knocks (3) are single digit scores
Naseem Shah [1.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
Haris Rauf to Stokes, no run, manages to put bat on ball. What a comeback despite a first-ball four. If only Shaheen’s first over was followed by this
Haris Rauf to Stokes, no run, beaten! Stokes beaten on the under edge, beaten for pace – 149kph. Stokes wanted to punch square off the back foot towards point, lucky he didn’t drag this onto the stumps
Haris Rauf to Stokes, no run, oh what a tight leave! Test match line and length, just outside off stump. Stokes does Test match stuff too as he shoulders arms. Very close to the off stump
Ben Stokes, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Haris Rauf to Philip Salt, out Caught by Iftikhar Ahmed!! Haris Rauf! Haris Rauf! Tell him he’s playing at the MCG and what a striker he turns into. Back of a length at pace, Salt backs away and tries to pull, cramped on the shot, so no timing and straight to short mid-wicket. Rauf takes off in his celebration. England two down, but Buttler is calm at the other end. Philip Salt c Iftikhar Ahmed b Haris Rauf 10(9) [4s-2]
Haris Rauf to Philip Salt, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
–Has played plenty of games for Melbourne Stars (MCG homeground) in BBL
–Bowls at high pace in the powerplay and uses variations at the death
–Has a good sharp bumper
–Mostly bowls around 140-145ks
Haris Rauf to Philip Salt, no run, oh what timing! Clears the front leg out of the way and smacks the off-drive, shame it went straight to mid-off
Haris Rauf to Philip Salt, FOUR, deep mid-wicket is open so Salt gets into position and flicks to defeat long leg, who gives chase. Absolute poor ball from Haris Rauf to start with. No one in the deep and it’s a leg-side freebie on the pads
Haris Rauf, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Shaheen Afridi to Philip Salt, 1 run, oh smashed back at the bowler, hits the leg and deflects to mid-on. Hopefully Shaheen is okay, looks like he is. That could have easily damaged a bone. Slower delivery, Salt delayed his bat swing and crunched it back for a four down the ground, Shaheen Afridi stuck his leg out to save three
Shaheen Afridi to Philip Salt, no run, Salt very unsure facing this full away-swinger, mistimes towards mid-off
Shaheen Afridi to Buttler, 1 run, played to mid-off
Shaheen Afridi to Buttler, FOUR, flicked away wide of mid-on. He’s waiting for the full inswinger, Buttler in a pretty good position to time this ball and it races away
Shaheen Afridi to Philip Salt, leg byes, 1 run, full toss, dips and surprises Salt, who swings and misses. Impact seemed almost outside leg, which is why umpire Kumar Dharmasena said no. Shaheen was very confident in his appeal and he convinced Babar for the review. Thankfully they didn’t lose the review
Shaheen tricks Babar into what looks like a needless LBW review. Impact could be very marginal or even outside leg. Salt very confident. Meanwhile Pakistan use this time to regroup. Umpire’s call on ball-tracker as it’s just inline with leg. Enough doubt to say no onfield!
Shaheen Afridi to Philip Salt, no run, pushed back to the bowler
Just to keep you posted, we can extend by 90 minutes today to try and finish the game. If that’s not possible we have a reserve day to resume the game from where we left and we have 4 full hours of extra time to play with. Also, in knockouts, 10 overs constitute a game and not 5 overs.
Naseem Shah to Philip Salt, 1 run, thuds the bat with a full delivery, Salt manages to push to mid-on
–Pace. Pace and more of it.
–Loves the fuller length and has a surprise bumper as well
–Not a big fan of slower balls, but consistently hits the high 140ks
Naseem Shah to Philip Salt, FOUR, inside edge saves the day for Salt. Fast and full, you miss, I smash middle stump stuff from Naseem Shah. Salt late on the drive, but gets away with it and the ball beats fine leg
Drizzle on! Fingers crossed.
Naseem Shah to Buttler, 1 run, ohh edged but well wide of the lone slip fielder. Good length delivery swinging away way outside off stump, Buttler reaches out and plays away from the body, goes to third man
–Go-to-stroke: Targets mid-wicket area with his dashing slog-fest strokes
–Strengths: Doesn’t believe in hanging around for too long, but rather believes in short-and-impactful contributions
–Current form: Hasn’t had much to do this WC. Was only roped in after Malan’s injury and hasn’t batted so far.
Naseem Shah to Buttler, FOUR, and again! Fullish, Buttler attacks with the cover drive and finds the gap. Buttler is not in a mood to take a back step despite some movement
Naseem Shah to Buttler, FOUR, but Buttler will not go down without a fight. Fullish and outside off stump, Buttler leans forward, this time closer to the pitch of the ball, drives wide of cover for four
Naseem Shah to Buttler, no run, beaten! Good length delivery swinging away outside off stump, Buttler looks to push through the off-side, bounce and swing
Naseem Shah, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Shaheen Afridi to Hales, out Bowled!! “Woaahhh,” is the cry from Hales as he’s bowled by a brilliant inswinger. “Yeah mate,” will be the answer to Hales from KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma. They know it all! Shaheen Afridi very smartly bowled this on a good length with Hales expecting a full delivery, the ball cut back in sharply off the seam to put the footwork out of the window. Hales couldn’t get the bat down in line and time, he tried to get the legs away but that sharp movement and pace meant it burst through the gate, brushed the back leg and ignited the stumps. Pakistani fans find their voice. Hales b Shaheen Afridi 1(2)
Shaheen Afridi to Hales, THATS OUT!! Bowled!!
–Relies on swing and pace in the powerplay
–Usually bowls 2 at the start and 2 at the death
–Has gotten better with each passing game this World Cup
–Bowls in between 140-145ks more often
Shaheen Afridi to Buttler, 1 run, yorker on the leg stump, Buttler digs it out wide of mid-wicket
Shaheen Afridi to Buttler, no run, beaten! What a ball! Good length delivery hinting at swinging back in and then cunningly holding the left-armer’s angle across the right-hander after landing on the seam. Buttler did nothing wrong but to cover the line and push off the front foot. Too good for anyone!
Shaheen Afridi to Buttler, 2 runs, oh inside edge past short fine leg and they push for two! Full delivery outside off stump, Buttler tried to drive through cover, the ball didn’t come on as expected as he played a tad early and got away
Shaheen Afridi to Hales, 1 run, actually a pretty good inswinging yorker almost, Hales digs it out to mid-off
Shaheen Afridi to Buttler, 3 runs, runs straightaway! Shaheen Afridi goes really full in search of swing, does get some inswing but he bowled this on the pads to give Buttler an easy flick shot wide of square leg and these long side boundaries allow you to run three
Welcome back. Pakistan’s chances are right there in the powerplay. England will run away if they aren’t jolted early.
Buttler and Hales are at the crease. Buttler is on strike. Shaheen Afridi will open the attack
Adil Rashid: I am trying to do my bit. It all matters till the team is doing good. You asses the pitch and bowl accordingly. I tried to bowl slower as they like pace and bowling slow is my strength. There will be lots of twos with the big boundaries. I think when we first came here, we would have been very happy with 137.