England and Pakistan are all set to compete in the final of the 2022 T20 World Cup, which will be played in front of a sold-out Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday 13 November. It will be a huge opportunity for both teams as they will be eyeing their second World Cup title, having done so in 2010 and 2009 respectively.
In addition, Jos Buttler’s Three Lions received a special message from the newly crowned Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, wishing the English well before the final hurdle.
Sunak wrote on his Twitter account: “Good luck to @englandcricket in the T20 World Cup final against Pakistan tomorrow. I will be cheering you on along with all the other cricket fans in the UK. We are behind you the whole way.”
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Good luck @englandcricket tomorrow in the T20 World Cup final against Pakistan.
I will cheer you on along with all the other cricket fans in the UK.
We are all behind you.
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) Nov 12, 2022
Sunak’s gesture is sure to boost the morale of the England team, which hopes to beat Pakistan for the third time in a row in T20 World Cup history, having already done so twice, in 2009 and 2010.
England qualified for the semi-final after finishing second in Group 1, behind New Zealand, when they beat India by 10 wickets to storm into the final. On the other hand, Pakistan lost their first two group matches but then won three consecutive matches.
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They also got a helping hand from the Netherlands knocking out South Africa, leaving Pakistan at the helm to secure quality for the semi-finals, beating Bangladesh to seal their berth. Babar Azam and Co then outclassed New Zealand by 7 wickets to book their tickets to the final.