England beat Pakistan by five wickets in a pulsating final in Melbourne to win the Men's T20 World Cup for the second time and become double world champions.
Chasing 138, they fell to 45/3 and 84/4 amid electric fast bowling from the Pakistan quicks. But, under intense pressure, it was that man Ben Stokes who stood up and deliver in another global final.
The all-rounder finished on 52 not out and he was there at the end, as he was in the 2019 50-over World Cup final, as this current white-ball side provided another of English cricket’s greatest wins.
As the equation tightened, Stokes capitalised on a cruel injury to Pakistan left-armer Shaheen Afridi and took England to victory with six balls to spare.
Warwickshire’s Moeen Ali played an important hand at the end of the innings hitting 19 off 12 balls at a point when the match was somewhat in the balance.
The win, thanks in large part to a superb bowling performance from Sam Curran (3/12) and Adil Rashid (2/22), means England become the first team to hold the Men’s T20 and 50-over world titles.
It is also their second T20 world title following victory in the West Indies in 2010.
The world champions will return to Birmingham in 2023 as England host New Zealand in a Men’s Vitality IT20. Around 95% of tickets have already gone and remaining tickets can be purchased online at tickets.edgbaston.com.
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Watch local stars including Amy Jones and Issy Wong in action on Saturday 1 July, 6.30pm start. Tickets available from £15.