T20 World Cup Final - All you need to know
Who is playing and where?
Pakistan v England, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Sunday November 13, 7:00pm AEDT
How to watch:
The final of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Australia will be televised and live-streamed across continents with the Star Network, Sky Sports, Fox Sports, ESPN, PTV and Times Internet among the major broadcasters.
Star Network will have television rights in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives, while Hotstar and Disney+ will also stream the game in India.
PTV & ARY Digital Networks will broadcast the game in Pakistan, while Sky Sports and Channel 4 will broadcast the game in the United Kingdom.
Gazi TV and Rabbithole will telecast and live-stream matches in Bangladesh, while Fox Sports, Channel Nine and Kayo will show the game in Australia.
Willow TV and ESPN+ will show the final in the USA, with Canada having live streaming through Hotstar.
|TERRITORY||Television Exploitation||Digital Exploitation|
|India||Star Network||Disney+ Hotstar|
|Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives||Star Network|
|Pakistan||PTV & ARY Digital Networks||TBC|
|USA, Central & South America and Mexico||ESPN+|
|United Kingdom||Sky Sports, Channel 4||Sky Sports|
|Sub Saharan Africa||SuperSport||SuperSport|
|Hong Kong||Now TV||Now TV, Yupp TV|
|Australia||Fox Sports, Channel Nine||Kayo|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport||Sky Sport|
|PNG, Fiji & Pacific Islands||PNG Digicel||PNG Digicel|
|Rest of the World(Continental Europe, SE Asia & Central /South America)||Yupp TV|
The final of the tournament will also feature audio broadcast spanning English, Hindi, Urdu and Bangla based on the region.
|Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India)(AIR)||India||FM/AM||Hindi|
|Digital 2 Sports Global||India||Digital Platform||Hindi/English|
|Shamal Media Services Pvt Limited 106.2 FM||Pakistan||FM||Urdu|
|Sports Entertainment Network Radio||Australia/New Zealand||FM||English|
|Australian Broadcasting Corporation||Australia||FM||English|
|British Broadcasting Corporation||UK||FM||English|
|Asiatec MEC Limited||Bangladesh||FM||Bangla|
Path to the final:
October 23 - lost to India by four wickets
October 27 - lost to Zimbabwe by one run
October 30 - beat Netherlands by six wickets
November 3 - beat South Africa by 33 runs (DLS method)
November 6 - beat Bangladesh by five wickets
November 9 - beat New Zealand by seven wickets
Pakistan looked unlikely to even reach the semi-finals after they lost their first two matches of the Super 12 stage, but Babar Azam’s side were given a late reprieve following a thrilling victory over Bangladesh on an epic final day of group play coupled with the Netherlands' upset over South Africa.
Four wins on the trot heading into the final - including an impressive seven-wicket triumph over New Zealand in the semis - means Pakistan are in form and firing at the right time.
October 22 - beat Afghanistan by five wickets
October 26 - lost to Ireland by five runs (DLS method)
October 28 - Match Abandoned against Australia
November 1 - beat New Zealand by 20 runs
November 5 - beat Sri Lanka by four wickets
November 10 - beat India by 10 wickets
England have had the more conventional lead in to the final, despite only qualifying for the semi-finals due to a more superior net run rate than tournament hosts Australia.
Their worst performance was the narrow loss to Ireland at the same venue as Sunday’s final in Melbourne last month, while their victory over India in the semis was as close to the perfect match as you can get.
Pakistan: Shaheen Afridi - There's a handful of important players in Pakistan's highly-talented line-up, but none just as influential as opening bowler Shaheen Afridi.
Afridi bowls with tremendous pace and his ability to swing the new ball early in the innings should be of concern to England’s talented top-order.
His teammates seem to work off the energy that Afridi provides, so a brilliant opening spell can help turn the match Pakistan's way.
England: Jos Buttler - The England captain showed his class with an unbeaten 80 during the semi-final victory over India and he is the key wicket that Pakistan will be chasing.
Buttler has the ability to win matches of his own bat and you only need to look at his record over the last few years for his country at T20I level and at the IPL earlier this year to see how good he is.
Buttler has 10 T20I half centuries and one century to his name in England colours over the last two years and at the IPL this year hit four centuries on his way to a whopping 863 runs at an average of 57.
Make no mistake, if Buttler fires then England will be very hard to beat.
Specific playing conditions for final:
There must be a minimum of 10 overs bowled to the side batting second in the final, subject to a result not being achieved earlier and there is a reserve day in place (Monday November 14 at 3:00pm AEDT) should play not be completed on Sunday.
Every effort will be made for the match to be completed on Sunday, with any necessary reduction of overs taking place and only if the minimum number of overs necessary to constitute a match cannot be bowled on Sunday will the match be completed on the Monday.
If the match is to be completed on the Monday then the match will resume at the point where the last ball was played.
There is 90 minutes of extra time available for the match to be completed on Sunday, while an additional four hours of extra time is available on Monday for the match to be completed.
A Super Over will be played should scores be tied at the end of the match and if the weather interferes and the Super Over cannot be completed, then Pakistan and England will be declared joint winners.
If at any time the umpires together agree that the conditions of ground, weather or light, or any other circumstances are dangerous or unreasonable, they shall immediately suspend play, or not allow play to start or recommence.
The decision as to whether conditions are so bad as to warrant such action is one for the umpires alone to make, following consultation with ICC Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle.
While Pakistan look reasonably settled with their line-up, the same can't be said for England with Jos Buttler's side monitoring the fitness of two key players ahead of the final.
Speedster Mark Wood and top-order batter Dawid Malan missed the semi-final over India and will be given every chance to recover in time to face Pakistan on Sunday.
If Wood is fit then he will play, meaning veteran seamer Chris Jordan may be the unlucky man to make way despite his three-wicket haul in the semis.
Malan may earn a recall if fit too, giving England another left-handed option with the bat at the top of their order.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Mohammad Haris, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi
England: Alex Hales, Jos Buttler (c, wk), Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
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