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What started almost a month ago with Namibia upsetting Sri Lanka is coming to a conclusion this Sunday with Pakistan and England as the final two teams remaining. The T20 World Cup 2022 has been a tournament full of surprises, with upsets galore and the Australian rain having plenty to say as well.
Both semifinals saw the underdogs win comprehensively, setting up a tantalizing final between Pakistan, who looked dead and buried seven days into this tournament, and England, who put on the most comprehensive display of batting prowess this event has seen yesterday. Who will walk away with the final honors?
We break down all you need to know about this match to bet on the winner this weekend via our betting tips and expert picks.
|Tournament:||ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022, Final|
|Venue:||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia|
|Date:||Sunday 13 November (alternate Monday 14 November)|
Here’s how the bookies have the Pakistan vs England cricket odds currently, for those wanting to bet on cricket online:
The dominant batting performance of England puts them as favorites in the online betting for this event, with odds of 1.61 (8/13) compared to Pakistan’s 2.30 (5/4).
This is the eighth edition of the T20 World Cup, with the first tournament held in 2007. Across this time, the event has taken on multiple formats, including 16 teams with various qualifications based on ranking or a pre-World Cup tournament.
Here’s a look at how the last few editions of the T20 World Cup have unfolded:
Both Pakistan and England have won this tournament once before, but neither have claimed a title in over 12 years. The winner on Sunday will join West Indies as the only nation to have won multiple T20 World Cup trophies.
Ten days ago, you would have been laughed out of the room if you said Pakistan was going to be a T20 World Cup finalist.
The Men in Green had begun their tournament with back-to-back losses, going down on the final ball against India and Zimbabwe. With their campaign in tatters, Pakistan needed to win all their remaining games and hope for a miracle. It just so happened Pakistan claimed solid victories over the Netherlands, South Africa, and Bangladesh, while South Africa lost to the Netherlands. A semifinal berth was delivered to Pakistan out of nowhere.
Babar Azam’s men grabbed the opportunity with both hands, restricting New Zealand to 152/4, before putting on a century-opening partnership to charge into the T20 World Cup final.
England has looked patchy this World Cup, but finally, they have proved themselves by storming into the World Cup final in empathic style.
In group play, they looked excellent defeating group winners New Zealand, yet horrible, losing to minnows Ireland. With their big clash against Australia washed out, cricket fans were unsure what to expect of England in the semifinals. They received nothing short of a masterclass, as England held India to 168/6 before chasing it down in 16 overs for the loss of no wickets.
It’s safe to say England arrives in the T20 World Cup final with the confidence of real lions, ready to take on whatever Pakistan throws at them.
Looking at the odds for this clash, here are our expert betting predictions ahead of the T20 World Cup final:
It’s virtually impossible to witness what happened in yesterday’s semifinal and not favor England to go all the way in this tournament.
While there may have been some doubt over England heading into the semifinals, after their rocky performance against Ireland, this was well and truly put to bed. The England that lost to Ireland was a misnomer, and the one that comfortably beat New Zealand is the real deal. Expect the same England to show up again on Sunday, and with in-form openers such as Jos Buttler and Alex Hales, combined with a powerful middle order and the experience of Ben Stokes, this is England’s to lose.
The return on this bet is only 1.61 (8/13) and represents that although England is favored, this will still be tight.
Before the semifinal against New Zealand, it had been a tournament to forget for Babar Azam.
Coming into this tournament as the No.1 T20 batsman in the world, the Pakistani captain scored only 39 runs from his five innings in the group stage. However, when needed the most, Azam struck 53 off 42 in the semifinal on Wednesday. The little general looked fluent and back to his world-class best. If Pakistan is to have any hope of winning this one, it will pivot around another strong start by their openers.
Chances are, Azam will continue to deliver under pressure and will put on a big score here for his country in the T20 World Cup final.
For those punters who like to seek out high-risk, high-return wagers, here’s the best one we see on this match:
England’s openers were stunning against India, plundering 170 runs between them to crush the tournament favorites.
What are the chances they will do it again on Sunday? Fairly decent, we think. In their last three matches, Alex Hales scored 47, 52, and 86, while Buttler struck 28, 73, and 80. Both men see the ball well and will be determined to play England’s aggressive brand of attacking cricket in this final. While it’s by no means a given, there’s a healthy chance that both batsmen fire again, and with a payout of 12.00 (11/1) should it happen, it’s not a bad punt to make via a suitable betting app or website.
The next T20 ICC World Cup Champion will be crowned in less than three days. Will England continue their searing semifinal form, or can Pakistan complete the miracle that has been their campaign so far? We think England will edge this one, but it should be a fantastic spectacle either way.