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How England won the T20 World Cup: The turning points on the path to glory

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A bowling masterclass from Sam Curran and Adil Rashid helped England restrict Pakistan to a modest total, while Ben Stokes steered them down the path to glory at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022.

It was an emphatic triumph for England over Pakistan in the T20 World Cup Final as they owned more of the moments that either changed the game in their favour or allowed them to stay in control. 

We take a look at the biggest turning points that led England to victory.

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Sam Curran is named Player of the Final after three-for | Highlights | T20WC 2022
Sam Curran is named the Player of the Final after his 3/12 helped England secure the T20 World Cup title.

Sam Curran fires in the Final

The England speedster has been a revelation at the T20 World Cup and entered the Final equal second for wickets in the Super 12 stage with 10. 

Curran might have gone for 0/42 in the semi-final but made an immediate impact on the biggest stage with the dismissal of Mohammad Rizwan. 

The 24-year-old later added the wicket of Pakistan dangerman Shan Masood, as well as Mohammad Nawaz, to finish with a remarkable 3/12 off four overs and the second-best figures in a T20 World Cup Final.

Curran's match-defining spell earned him the Player of the Final award, while his outstanding form throughout secured the Player of the Tournament honours.

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Curran gets big wicket of Masood as England dominate | T20WC 2022
Sam Curran gets another scalp, the important one of Shan Masood, as Pakistan struggle against England in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 final.

England rein in Pakistan Powerplay

Pakistan were steady through the first three overs of the Powerplay to score 16 runs until Rizwan took a knee to scoop a Chris Woakes delivery for six over the legside. 

But just as the star keeper-batter looked set to go through the gears he played an angled ball from Curran onto his stumps. 

Babar Azam kept the scoreboard ticking over but Pakistan would have wanted more than 39/1 at the end of their opening six overs.

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Brilliant Rashid traps Pakistan in a web of spin | Highlights | T20WC 2022
Adil Rashid trapped Pakistan in a web of spin, returning an important 2/22 in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 final.

Well-timed wickets slow Pakistan momentum

With Babar Azam anchoring the innings, Shan Masood could confidently attack leg-spinner Liam Livingstone with a powerful straight drive for four then a six over much the same spot from the next ball. 

But England were able to strike each time Pakistan threatened, so when Adil Rashid got one to turn hard into Babar and catch a leading edge back to the bowler, Masood was forced to play a more cautious role rather than maintain his momentum.

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Stokes goes on the charge with target in sight | T20WC 2022
Ben Stokes goes big with the target in sight as England close in on 138-run target against Pakistan in the ICC MEn's T20 World Cup 2022 final.

Stokes steers England home

It is a familiar tale but that won’t make it any less sweet for England and their fans. 

Pakistan were all but back in the game after taking three wickets in the Powerplay, but could not quite find a way to remove a typically determined Ben Stokes. 

The middle-order talisman played a clever innings that barely nudged above a run a ball on his way to a half-century.

With Stokes at the crease and in control, England were always on track to get home and claim the T20 World Cup trophy.

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Stokes leads England past Pakistan to World Cup crown | Match Highlights | T20WC 2022
Match Highlights: England beat Pakistan to win the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 title.


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