England won the T20 World Cup 2022 in dramatic fashion, coming from behind to beat Pakistan in the final. It was a tactical masterclass from England, written off by many before the tournament. England’s victory in the T20 World Cup was thanks to a number of factors. In this blog post, we will take a look at how England won the T20 World Cup and what tactics they used to come out on top.
How England won against Pakistan in the T20 final
Superb bowling by Sam Curran
Sam Curran was the star of the show in the final, taking 3/28 as England won by 8 wickets to lift the trophy. It was a dominant display from the young speedster, who bowled with great control and accuracy throughout. Curran was ably supported by the rest of the England bowlers, who all contributed to a superb team performance.
England reins Pakistan in the powerplay
The ability to score runs quickly during the powerplay is a crucial factor in winning a T20 match. While the batsmen are under less pressure during a powerplay, they must still be able to make the most of the opportunity and put runs on the board. If a team can score at a good rate during the powerplay, they will be in a strong position to win the match.
Pakistan’s inability to score runs quickly during the powerplay proved to be their undoing in this match. They could only muster 16 runs in the first three overs of their innings and lost Rizwan in the process. Rizwan’s slow scoring rate (15 runs off 14 balls) put pressure on the rest of the batting lineup and eventually led to his dismissal. This put Pakistan in a difficult position from which they were unable to recover.
Although Babar was looking solid, he also could not score faster. He could score 32 in 28 balls with a strike rate of 114 before he was dismissed by Adil Rashid. His performance was good in terms of the runs he scored, but he needed to work on his strike rate to add more runs on the scorecard.
England shattered Pakistan taking regular wickets
Pakistan lost their wickets in regular intervals throughout the game, which became one of the primary reasons for their loss against England. This lack of continuity in their batting order ultimately proved to be their downfall, as they were unable to maintain any sort of momentum or rhythm throughout the game. As a result, England was able to easily pick up regular wickets and put pressure on the Pakistan batsmen, leading to their eventual defeat.
The highest partnership in the Pakistan innings came between Shan Masood and Babar Azam, who put on 39 runs off 24 balls. However, this was not enough to ensure a formidable total in the end. The partnership between Masood and Azam was the brightest spot in an otherwise lackluster inning for Pakistan.
Stokes led England to victory
England was not at their best against Pakistan in the final match of the tournament, losing 5 wickets while chasing a target of 137. No one on the team apart from Ben Stokes could score 30 or more, meaning that England was well below their usual standards. This was a disappointing result for the team, but they can take some positives from their performance throughout the tournament as a whole.
Shaheen Afridi could not complete his bowling quota
In modern T20 cricket, 137 is not a good score to win the match unless you have a very strong bowling attack. Although Pakistan had a balanced bowling attack, they lost Shaheen Afridi due to his injury. After the prime bowling arsenal of the team went out of the field, the team’s morale took a hit. Losing a core member of the team was difficult to overcome.
Before the injury, Shaheen could bowl 2.1 overs with an economy of 6.00. He dismissed the dangerous Alex Hales in the very first over of the innings. If Shaheen could have continued bowling all through the innings, the result of the final match could have been very different. Shaheen’s ability to quickly dismiss Hales put the opposing team on the back foot early on, and without his continued presence, the England team was able to make a comeback and ultimately win the match.
England had been building their T20 team for a few years before they won the World Cup, which is no wonder. Some of their players have come up from the ashes of their county cricket, to be rebuilt and reinvented as a T20 cricket force by the coaching staff. Most of the team members have come up through the county system. They now have a team that has won a World Cup, and oddly enough it’s a bunch of old county pros who have done it.