T20 WC, Final: England elect to bowl against Pakistan in mega clash at MCG

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Melbourne [Australia]: England captain Jos Buttler elected to bowl after winning the toss against Pakistan in the all-important final of the ongoing T20 World Cup at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

On their road to the final, England and Pakistan basically took the same path. As the Super 12 came to a close, both teams had slim chances of earning a spot in the semifinals, but they went on a rampage and advanced to the knockout stages by placing second in their respective groups.

However, their parallels didn't end there as both teams won comfortably in the semifinals to secure a spot in the championship game.

It's going to be a battle between England's batting line-up and Pakistan's bowling attack. In contrast to Pakistan, who rely on their lethal bowling attack to win, Jos Buttler's team bats fearlessly. They have bowlers who can end the match with the new ball, spinners who can stop runs in the middle overs, and specialists who can apply the stranglehold in the final few overs.

"Going to bowl first. Both teams come into this final in red-hot form. Looking forward to the challenge. Little bit of weather around which is why we chose to bowl. We start fresh today. Same team," said Jos Buttler after winning the toss.

"Would've also opted to bowl. We have good momentum with us and will try to continue with it. Same team," said Babar Azam during the toss.

England (Playing XI): Jos Buttler(w/c), Alex Hales, Philip Salt, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid

Pakistan (Playing XI): Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, and Shaheen Afridi.


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