England becomes T20 World Champion

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The England cricket team led by Jos Buttler defeated Pakistan to win their second T20 world title on Sunday in Melbourne.

England defeated Pakistan by five wickets while successfully chasing the 138 runs target with six balls remaining in the 19th over.

Sam Curran had claimed three wickets for only 12 runs to help England restrict Pakistan to 137-8 in the T20 World Cup final on Sunday at a packed Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The 2009 champions, who never really got going, were stymied by England’s precise and economical bowling, with Shan Masood’s 38 serving as the game’s top score.

Adil Rashid eliminated the dangerous Mohammad Harris with his first ball and his subsequent wicket of Babar Azam allowed him to finish with 2-22.

At the midway stage of the innings, Babar Azam had Pakistan on 68-2. Masood then started to smash the bat, striking a four and a six off Liam Livingstone.

Masood and Shadab Khan (20) fell in the space of two runs after Iftikhar Ahmed only lasted six balls, as Curran and Chris Jordan put the lid on Pakistan’s hopes of a late burst.

Sam Curran was also announced as the player of the match and best player of the tournament.

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