After a poor start to the 20-20 World Cup 2022, the Pakistan team have found momentum and has qualified for the finals of the marquee event. In the semi-finals of the competition, the Babar Azam-led side completely dominated with both and bowl and in the end, registered a brilliant seven-wicket win over the Kiwis. On the other hand, the England team completely bamboozled India and picked up a massive 10-wicket victory and now, will face the Men in Green on the night of the finals at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Now, playing against England, things will not be easy for the Men in Green. They recently lost a seven-match T20I series against the Three Lions on their home turf and thus, should be cautious of every move they make. Former Pakistan international Shoaib Akhtar too warned the boys about England’s rampage but shared an important tactic which can eventually help them win the prestigious trophy.
“You have to bring your A game. Don’t give any opportunity to England. It is going to be a tough final. I think Pakistan’s batting has started performing, wickets have settled and bowlers have regained their fitness. I hope nobody is favourite in this team. Whoever plays well, will win. Nobody was favourite in this tournament. Pakistan team was nowhere and now they are in the final, so we do not have anything to lose and have everything to win,” Akhtar said in the video.
Kevin Pietersen speaks on Pakistan’s chances of beating England
Former England international and a modern-day legend, Kevin Pietersen believes that it will be very difficult for Pakistan to get a win over the Three Lions. The cricketer also mentioned how Pakistan can only get a win if England manages to sabotage themselves at MCG.
“Pakistan need to hope that England self-destruct by being reckless and overconfident. I think it’s an incredible strength that they can just go out there and play the way that they do, but we do know there’s one thing that can happen to this England team – they can get rolled over for none, because it’s a sixathon,” Pietersen said.
“That’s the only thing that I can see derailing England, and that’s what Pakistan need to hope for, because I don’t think they can derail England themselves,” the 42-year-old added.