What - The final: England vs Pakistan. Where - Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia. When – Saturday, November 12 at 10pm (Cook Islands time). By Rahul Patil in Melbourne.
After almost a month of fantastic cricket, a new world
champion will be crowned in Melbourne on Sunday night (Australia time).
Apart from being a battle of cricketing skills, the
team that handles the pressure of the occasion better will be the one that
walks away with the crown.
Pakistan’s road to the final is straight out of a
Lollywood (the nickname for Pakistan’s film industry) movie script.
The heartbreak against India, the shock loss to Zimbabwe,
the wins against Netherlands and South Africa to stay in contention, South
Africa’s choke against Netherlands, and Pakistan’s win against Bangladesh to
qualify for the semis is stuff that fairy tales are made of.
They then played their best game of the tournament in
the semi-finals to comprehensively defeat New Zealand.
They are peaking at the right time. Plus there is the
uncanny similarity of their current campaign to the exploits of their ODI team
Thirty years ago they came back from the brink of
elimination to lift the trophy at the MCG, beating New Zealand and England in
the semi-final and final, respectively.
More than 90,000 fans are expected to be at the MCG on
A majority of them will be Pakistan fans.
Can they hold their nerve one last time to produce
magic when it matters the most?
England too has had its ups and downs in the
The joy of victory against Afghanistan in their first
game was short-lived due to the loss to Ireland in a rain affected game.
They then had to share points with Australia due to
rain, and at that stage their campaign was in doldrums.
To qualify for the semi-finals, they had to win
against New Zealand and Sri Lanka, and they did the needful with clinical
In the semi-finals they produced the batting display
of the tournament to send India packing.
They were pre-tournament favourites of a lot of
cricketing pundits, but do they have enough left in the tank to take home the
The winner of the T20 World Cup along with the trophy
picks up a cheque for $1.6 million USD whereas the runners up get USD $800,000.
The weather which has played a huge part in this
year's tournament is raising its ugly head once again.
At the time of writing this review, weather reports
showed a 84 per cent chance of rain in Melbourne on Sunday, and Monday which is
the reserve day for the final.
This means that there is a possibility we might have
joint winners which will be a first in all World Cup history.
Whatever happens, it’s been a World Cup to remember,