Right then! That's it from this enticing final and it brings an end to what has been a truly outstanding tournament. We are sure to have some withdrawal symptoms after all the action we have witnessed in recent times. England are now champions of both the shorter formats of the game and this team is filled with white-ball greats. Pakistan put up a great fight but could not get over the line but their fans will be thrilled with the journey their team put them through. We still have plenty of cricketing action around the globe so do go through our fixture page and enjoy our coverage for the upcoming matches. It's goodbye from here, cheers!
Jos Buttler steps on the podium to collect the trophy and the entire English team is jumping in joy. What a moment for them! Their dream has come true. Dance away and celebrate hard. Thoroughly deserved.
Jos Buttler, the World Cup-winning captain of England, says that to be able to win the T20 World Cup is absolutely amazing. Tells that it's been a fantastic tournament for them and adds that the tour of Pakistan was very helpful for the team to gel together. Smiles and says that they have quite a few Australians as a part of the support team. Praises the bowling effort of Adil Rashid. Shares that when you hit the right length, there was some seam movement and it was not easy to bat. Talks about Ben Stokes and calls him the ultimate competitor.
The English players collect their medals and are getting ready to celebrate. But before that, here is Jos Buttler having a word...
Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, starts by congratulating the English team. Adds that they felt at home because of all the support and thanked the crowd. Tells that the way the team bounced back was unbelievable and he credits his boys. Shares that his advice to his team was to play their natural game and with freedom. Calls his bowling attack one of the best going around. Talks about the injury to Shaheen Afridi and accepts that it's a part of the game.
The match officials get their medals first and then the Pakistan players also receive their runners-up medals.
SAM CURRAN IS THE PLAYER OF THE FINAL (4-0-12-3) AND TOURNAMENT (13 WICKETS)! Sam starts by saying that Ben Stokes should be getting the Player of the Match award for his knock under pressure. Shares that his bowling plan was quite simple and he was trying to bowl according to the dimensions of the ground. Praises the bowling of Pakistan as well who put them under pressure. Tells that Ben Stokes is the kind of a player the youngsters look up to. Thanks the crowd for all the support.
Stay tuned for the presentation...
Moeen Ali is in next. Says that this is one of the best days of his career. Feels that they deserved to win. Mentions that it's just about staying positive and it was nice to form a crucial stand with Ben Stokes. Alex Hales also joins. The opener says that the feeling is special and this is the icing on the cake. Adds that he took his time to get going but he enjoyed this tournament. On the delivery that dismissed him, Hales chuckles and says that his feet were nowhere and calls it a 'decent' ball (laughs).
Man of the moment, Ben Stokes comes up for a quick word as well. Says that in the final, if you do all the hard work before that, that will win you the game. Praises the bowlers for setting it up. Adds that restricting Pakistan to 130-odd, the bowlers need to get the credit for that. Tells that they had to address the issue after their loss against Ireland, say what is to be said and then let it go. Mentions that was a blip on the way and the best teams learn from their mistakes and move on to the next challenge. States that representing your country in a World Cup is amazing and it's been a good one.
Harry Brook says that it feels so good as not many expected them to win the World Cup and is glad that they showed how good they are! Smiles and says that he thought the pitch will be a little better. Praises the crowd for being so amazing. Chris Woakes also joins in and says that they lost a few games in Australia, but this is a good thing. Adds that the wicket provided very little for the bowlers. He feels that it was a 160-run pitch but the occasion gets the better of you when you go past the line.
Plenty of interviews coming your way, stay tuned...
The chase was set up by the England bowlers who justified their skipper's decision to bowl first and restricted the opposition to an under-par total. Babar Azam, Shan Masood and Shadab Khan all got off to decent starts but wickets kept falling at regular intervals which did not allow the Pakistani batters to accelerate toward the end. Sam Curran was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed three wickets for just 12 runs in his four overs and was ably supported by Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid who picked up two wickets each. The target was never going to be out of reach of England's long batting line-up and despite a few stutters they managed to cross the finish line.
Pakistan needed something to boost their morale and get the crowd that had fallen silent after their first inning well and truly behind them. They got impetus early as Shaheen Afridi struck in his very first over to bring his team right back into the contest. The runs kept flowing although a double strike from Haris Rauf in the Powerplay pegged England back once again. Pakistan though were unable to take wickets for a while but after the refreshment break, they were able to build pressure and that resulted in Shadab Khan taking a wicket. He became the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan in T20Is in the process and it allowed his team to bowl a few quiet overs thereafter. The turning point in the game for Pakistan was the injury to their star bowler Shaheen Afridi who had to walk off the field without completing his full quota of four overs. His over was completed by Iftikhar Ahmed who conceded 13 runs in 5 balls and the momentum immediately shifted towards England. Mohammad Wasim picked up the wicket of Moeen Ali towards the end but it was a little too late and they ended up second best.
England did not get off to the best of starts as they lost the in-form Alex Hales in the very first over and it looked like this could be a nervous run chase. Jos Buttler however provided the perfect counter-attacking knock to wrestle the momentum back in their favour. The dismissal of Philip Salt did not deter the England captain who hit some wonderful shots between being beaten several times. His wicket did ring some alarm bells in the dressing room but Ben Stokes and Harry Brook consolidated the innings and built a partnership of 39 runs in 42 deliveries. The wicket of Harry Brook did put some pressure on the new batter Moeen Ali and with Ben Stokes not looking at his best, it looked like the game was headed for a tight finish. It required one stroke of luck as Shaheen Afridi walked off the pitch for the game to turn in their favour as they took the attack to the Pakistani bowlers. Moeen put on a 47-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Ben Stokes and that was enough to seal the deal.
Massive celebration breaks out at the MCG! England are crowned the champions for the second time in the history of this format. They are ecstatic. Agony in the Pakistan camp. Fairplay to them, they tried hard. But this evening belongs to England who are now the champions in both formats. Terrific atmosphere. Jos Buttler is on the shoulders of his teammates. What a start to his captaincy, what an apt replacement for Eoin Morgan.
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, 1 run, ENGLAND ARE THE CHAMPIONS! Fuller in length and around leg, Ben Stokes clears his front leg and whips it through mid-wicket for the winning run. Stokes is all pumped up. He has his redemption for Kolkata. The English players run out to the middle to celebrate. Fireworks go off! What scenes! England win the game by 5 wickets!
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, no run, England will have to wait. Full in length and outside off, Stokes swings hard at it but fails to connect.
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, FOUR, FOUR! England inch closer. Full toss from Wasim, around off, Stokes stays back and forces it through covers for a boundary. Maiden T20I fifty for Ben Stokes - he is the man for big occasions!
Mohammad Wasim to Liam Livingstone, 1 run, Nothing fancy from Liam. A full toss on middle, Liam Livingstone knocks it down to long on for a single.
Liam Livingstone makes his way out to the middle to complete the formalities.
Mohammad Wasim to Moeen Ali, out, OUT! STUMPS SHATTERED! Is there another twist in the tale? One thing is certain - Pakistan won't go down without a fight. Yorker length from Wasim, outside off, Moeen hangs back to drill it through the line but all he manages is to drag it onto the stumps off the inside edge. England are one big hit away from lifting the trophy!
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, 1 run, Spears it very full and on middle, Stokes clears his front leg to whip it across the line. But he gets an inside edge onto the pads. The ball deflects to the off side and they cross.
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, 1 run, Length ball on middle and off, Stokes drops it down with soft hands, adjacent to the pitch on the off side and retains strike. 7 needed off 12 balls.
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, no run, Perfect bouncer, quick and targeting the head of the batter, Stokes sways away from the line of fire.
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, no run, Gets behind the line of the ball and defends it back off the splice.
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, 2 runs, Back of a length, around off, Stokes jumps and cuts it through backward point for a single. Stokes races back for the second run as the throw comes to the bowler. He has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Another chance for a run but Ben has gone too deep to complete the second run.
Haris Rauf to Moeen Ali, 1 run, Bowls it full and around off, Ali crunches it down to mid off for one. 10 needed more.
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, 1 run, Delivers it short and on middle, Stokes tries to pull but it takes the inner edge and rolls behind. They cross.
Mohammad Wasim to Moeen Ali, FOUR, FOUR! Only formalities left in this final now, then. Shortish and around off, Moeen attempts to pull but it takes the top edge and flies down to third man for a boundary. The tide has turned completely. 12 needed off 18 balls.
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, 1 run, A near-yorker on off, Stokes digs it out through mid off and rotates the strike.
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, 2 runs, Wasim goes short and on middle, Stokes swivels and pulls it through square leg. Places it well and returns for the second run.
Mohammad Wasim to Moeen Ali, 1 run, Too full and around leg, Moeen eases it down to long on for one.
Mohammad Wasim to Moeen Ali, FOUR, FOUR! England are motoring. Mohammad Wasim digs it in short, around off, Moeen turns and pulls it with authority over square leg for a boundary. 20 needed off 22 balls.
Mohammad Wasim to Moeen Ali, FOUR, FOUR! 14 off the last three balls for England and this final has swung in their favour. Back of a length, outside off, Moeen packs a punch, over extra cover for a boundary.
Two magical deliveries to end the last over for England and the equation stands - 28 needed off 24 balls.
Iftikhar Ahmed to Ben Stokes, SIX, SIX! Ben Stokes is finally getting a move on and the big-match player has stepped up once again! This is sheer power from the big man as he manages to clear the long off fielder. This is bowled short as well and outside the off pole, Ben Stokes transfers his weight on the back foot and muscles the ball over the fence for six runs.
Iftikhar Ahmed to Ben Stokes, FOUR, FOUR! This has been hit powerfully and finds the boundary! Iftikhar Ahmed bowls this slightly short and outside off, Ben Stokes uses the depth of the crease and crunches this towards deep cover for four runs.
Iftikhar Ahmed to Moeen Ali, 1 run, Bowled full and into the pads, Moeen Ali chips this towards long on and takes one.
Iftikhar Ahmed to Ben Stokes, 1 run, This is bowled slightly short and in line with the stumps. Ben Stokes goes deep in the crease and looks to power this over long off. He does not connect well and the ball falls just short of the fielder. They cross for a single.
Iftikhar Ahmed to Moeen Ali, 1 run, Iftikhar Ahmed fires a full delivery into the pads, Moeen Ali flicks this down to long on and takes a single.
SHAHEEN AFRIDI IS WALKING OFF! That's a massive moment in the final. Pakistan's main weapon is out injured. He tried his best but was unable to continue. Iftikhar Ahmed will complete his over.
Afridi is hobbling. Not looking at his best. He is struggling and the smile on his face says it all.
Shaheen Afridi to Moeen Ali, no run, Shaheen Afridi starts off the over with a slower delivery, serves it full and wide outside off, Moeen Ali looks to dig this out but misses.
Shaheen Afridi is getting ready to bowl. Is he at his best after that injury? We are about to find out. 41 needed off 30 balls.
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, FOUR, FOUR! Back-of-a-length delivery on off, Ben Stokes stands tall and punches it to the right of mid off for a boundary. A timely boundary for Ben Stokes and England. Haris Rauf is distraught as he concedes the boundary of the last ball of what was otherwise a very tidy over.
Shaheen Afridi is again feeling the pinch. He is not looking too sure about his fitness. The physio has joined him near the boundary line. It seems that Shaheen has been rushed in so that he remains eligible to bowl at the death.
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, no run, Good length delivery outside off, Ben Stokes goes for the mighty heave across the line. The ball sneaks past the inside edge on its way through to the keeper.
Haris Rauf to Moeen Ali, 1 run, Fuller delivery on off, Moeen Ali drives it towards long on for a single.
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, 1 run, Short on off, Ben Stokes cuts this one uppishly towards Shan Masood at backward point. The ball falls just short of him and a fumble allows a single for England.
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, 2 runs, Full outside off, Ben Stokes backs away and drives this one to the left of deep cover for a couple of runs.
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, no run, Short-of-a-length delivery outside off, Ben Stokes looks to punch this one on the off side. Gets beaten on the outside edge.
Who will bowl now from this end as Shadab Khan is done with his 4-over spell? It's going to be Haris Rauf. Meanwhile, Shaheen Afridi is back on the field, a sight for sore eyes and he is moving freely. 49 needed off 36 balls.
Naseem Shah to Ben Stokes, 1 run, This is on a good length and outside off, Ben Stokes plays this with soft hands towards point. This time there is an early call and they take a quick single.
Naseem Shah to Ben Stokes, no run, Goes full this time and outside off stump, Ben Stokes strokes this firmly towards mid off. Third dot ball in a row and the pressure is building now.
Naseem Shah to Ben Stokes, no run, This is bowled slightly outside the off pole and on a good length, Ben Stokes looks to cut but the ball is too close and he ends up tapping this towards point.
At this stage, England are just one run ahead on the DLS counter, informs Michael Atherton (on air).
Naseem Shah to Ben Stokes, no run, On a good length this time and in line with the stumps, Ben Stokes taps this back down the pitch towards the bowler.
Naseem Shah to Moeen Ali, 1 run, Bowls this back of a length and outside off, Moeen Ali miscues his pull shot but just manages to clear the mid on fielder and get a single.
Naseem Shah to Moeen Ali, no run, Naseem Shah bowls this on a good length and outside the off stump, Moeen Ali mistimes his block towards mid on. Ben Stokes takes off for a single and slips as he looks to turn and get back into the crease. There is an attempt at the non-striker's end but the fielder misses and Ben Stokes survives.
Naseem Shah is into his final over. One last burst from the speedster.
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, 2 runs, Short and on middle, Ben Stokes backs away and punches this one wide of deep cover. Mohammad Wasim comes around and does the cleaning work. The batters run two in the process.
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, no run, Googly on off, Ben Stokes rolls his wrists and drives it straight to cover for no run.
Shadab Khan to Moeen Ali, 1 run, Flighted on off, Moeen Ali pushes this one towards point and gets off the mark with a single.
Liam Livingstone or Moeen Ali - Who will head out next? 54 needed off 45 balls. Meanwhile, Shaheen Afridi seems to have hurt his right knee and is down in pain. The physio has come out and Afridi is limping off the field to receive some treatment. Pakistan need him fit for the end overs. And to answer the question, it's Moeen who has joined Stokes in the middle.
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, out, OUT! CAUGHT! Pakistan have their fourth! Shadab Khan tosses this one wide on the off side, Brook fetches this one from outside off and lofts this one towards long off. It is hit flat but Shaheen Afridi makes it look easy and takes a good catch. Looks like Shaheen Afridi has hurt himself in the process. The 39-run stand has been broken and Pakistan have an opening.
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, no run, Shadab Khan floats this full and outside the off stump, Harry Brook knocks this straight to the cover fielder.
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, 2 runs, Short and outside off, Harry Brook shimmies down the track and pulls it wide of long on. The fielder dives to his right and prevents the boundary. Harry Brook comes back for the second.
Naseem Shah to Ben Stokes, no run, And again! Is there an edge this time? Naseem Shah is appealing. The whole of the MCG is appealing. A little bit of conference and Babar Azam decides to refer it. Sharp delivery, breezy, on a length outside off and skidding away. Stokes pushes at it but seems to have missed. DRS time. Nothing on the UltraEdge. Pakistan lose one review.
Naseem Shah to Ben Stokes, no run, Another dot ball as Ben Stokes plays and misses once again! This is bowled on a slightly shorter length but gets the ball to angle away from the left-hander. Ben Stokes hangs his bat out to dry and is beaten all ends up.
Naseem Shah to Ben Stokes, no run, Another beauty! This is on a good length and just outside off, Ben Stokes feels for the ball but gets beaten. Naseem Shah looks really pumped up.
Naseem Shah to Harry Brook, 3 runs, This is a fraction short and outside off, Harry Brook connects this time as he pulls the ball towards deep mid-wicket. Haris Rauf covers the ground from long on and puts in a dive to save a run. Three runs nonetheless added to England's score.
Naseem Shah to Harry Brook, no run, This is on a good length and in line with the stumps. Harry Brook looks to swing but loses his shape and does not connect. The extra bounce takes the ball over the stumps.
Naseem Shah to Harry Brook, no run, Naseem Shah starts this over with a jaffa! Bowls a really quick delivery on a good length and outside off. Gets the ball to shoot up off the wicket and beat the outside edge of Harry Brook's bat.
Pakistan are in desperate need of a breakthrough here. Babar Azam has decided to bring Naseem Shah back into the attack. Haris Rauf is seen giving a pep talk to the young pacer.
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, 1 run, Full and angling into the pads, Harry Brook clips it to deep square leg for a run.
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, 1 run, Tossed up outside off, Ben Stokes pushes it towards cover-point for a single.
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, no run, Floated outside off, Ben Stokes drives it firmly towards cover. Mohammad Nawaz puts in a drive and prevents the single. He has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. Harry Brook was gone had he hit.
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, no run, Fullish delivery on middle, Ben Stokes defends it with a straight bat back to the bowler.
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, no run, Flighted on off, Ben Stokes gets forward and knocks it to cover for no run.
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, no run, Short and at the stumps, Ben Stokes opens the bat face and guides this one towards short third man.
Drinks break. We're at the halfway mark of this chase and England will feel that they have one hand on the trophy. This ongoing partnership between Ben Stokes and Harry Brook has steadied the ship and England now need another 61 runs to win, off 60 balls. Needless to say, Pakistan can make this final thrilling by only picking wickets. Will that happen? Let's find out.
Mohammad Wasim to Harry Brook, no run, Mohammad Wasim ends the over with a short ball outside off, Harry Brook mistimes his pull shot towards mid-wicket and looks for a run. Ben Stokes refuses the single and Shadab Khan takes aim at the keeper's end but misses the stumps. Would have been really close had he hit.
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, 1 run, This is on a good length and outside the off pole, Ben Stokes taps this towards the off side and takes off for a quick single.
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, FOUR, FOUR! That is timing personified by Ben Stokes! Mohammad Wasim bowls a low full toss outside off, Ben Stokes gets his front foot forward and punches this towards deep cover for a boundary. The ball kept running away from the fielder and England require a run-a-ball now.
Mohammad Wasim to Harry Brook, 1 run, This is on a good length and just outside the off stump, Harry Brook tucks this towards mid-wicket and rotates the strike collecting one.
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, 1 run, Bowls this really full, almost on yorker length and in line with the stumps, Ben Stokes flicks the ball towards mid-wicket. A fumble from Babar Azam allows them to take a run.
England have the required rate under control and will be looking to just knock the ball around and rotate the strike. The onus is on Pakistan to make things happen.
Mohammad Wasim to Harry Brook, 1 run, Mohammad Wasim starts off the over with a short ball angled into the batter, Harry Brook makes room and looks to cut this but gets an outside edge towards third man for a single.
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, 1 run, Floated outside off, Harry Brook advances and drives it towards deep cover for a single.
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, no run, Flatter and quicker at the stumps, Harry Brook does a good job and keeps it out by defending it back to the bowler.
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, 1 run, Short on off, Ben Stokes pulls it off the back foot towards deep mid-wicket and collects a single.
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, FOUR, FOUR! A lucky boundary for England. Full and at the pads, Ben Stokes brings out the reverse sweep. Gets an under edge that trickles past the keeper to the left of short fine leg for a much-needed boundary.
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, 1 run, Tossed up on off, Harry Brook skips down the track and drives it to long on for a run.
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, 1 run, Flighted on middle, Ben Stokes backs away and works this one towards deep cover for a single.
The physio comes out. Harry Brook has hurt his right elbow. All good to go now. Here is Shadab Khan to continue...
Mohammad Wasim to Harry Brook, no run, Ouch! Mohammad Wasim follows the batter once again as he sees him go towards the leg side and serves this back of a length. Harry Brook gets cramped for room and gets hit on the elbow as the ball falls back onto the pitch.
Mohammad Wasim to Harry Brook, no run, On a good length and angled down leg, Harry Brook looks to make room and play towards the off side but misses his shot.
Mohammad Wasim to Harry Brook, 2 runs, Mohammad Wasim serves this one full and outside off, Harry Brook shuffles down the wicket and uses his strong bottom hand to flick the ball towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, 1 run, On a good length and in line with the stumps, Ben Stokes looks to block but is cramped for room and gets an inside edge towards backward square leg, for a single.
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, wide, 1 run, WIDE! Bangs this one short and way outside the off pole. Ben Stokes swings at this but the ball is beyond the tram line. Called wide once again.
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, wide, 1 run, WIDE! Looking for the yorker this time but strays down the leg side. Ben Stokes misses his flick and the umpire calls this wide.
Mohammad Wasim to Harry Brook, 1 run, Bowls this slightly short and into the batter as he looks to make room by moving towards the leg side. Harry Brook carves this to deep cover-point and takes a run.
Mohammad Wasim to Ben Stokes, 1 run, Mohammad Wasim starts off with a good-length delivery wide outside the off stump, Ben Stokes takes a couple of steps down the wicket and knocks the ball to deep point for a single.
Mohammad Wasim to bowl his first over.
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, 1 run, Fullish delivery on off, Ben Stokes gets forward and drives it towards long off for another single.
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, no run, Short outside off, Ben Stokes works it off the back foot towards cover for a dot.
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, 1 run, Flighted on off, Harry Brook pushes this one towards long on for a run.
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, 2 runs, Short and outside off, Harry Brook rocks back and cuts this one wide of deep cover. The fielder in the deep comes around and keeps it to two.
Shadab Khan to Harry Brook, no run, Tossed up outside off, turning away from the batter. Brook gets beaten on the outside edge as he tries to play it through the line.
Shadab Khan is introduced into the attack. He holds the key on this track conducive for spin bowling.
Shadab Khan to Ben Stokes, 1 run, Shadab Khan starts off with a flighted delivery on middle. Stokes knocks it towards long on for a single.
Haris Rauf to Harry Brook, no run, Full and around off, Brook pushes it with an angled bat to point. At the end of the Powerplay, England are 49 for 3. 89 needed off 84 balls.
Haris Rauf to Harry Brook, FOUR, FOUR! Fine shot! Full in length and on middle, Brook skips down the track and wrists it with beautiful timing through mid-wicket for a boundary.
Haris Rauf to Harry Brook, no run, Good length, around middle and leg, defended down on the pitch.
Harry Brook makes his way out to the middle to replace his captain.
Haris Rauf to Jos Buttler, out, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Plenty of times the ball missed the edge of Buttler's bat in the previous over but not this time. Haris Rauf is up and running in celebration. This final is thrown wide open with Buttler, England's top-scorer in the tournament this time around, falling. Back of a length, around off and shaping away at 143 kph, Jos Buttler stays back to feel inside the line and edges it behind. Mohammad Rizwan does the rest and Pakistan have three wickets in the Powerplay. 93 runs needed in 87 balls.
Haris Rauf to Jos Buttler, wide, 1 run, Wide! Express pace, short and down the leg side at 146 kph, Buttler lets it be. Rizwan jumps to collect the ball.
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, 1 run, Full in length and wide outside off, Stokes hammers it to wide mid off. The fielder there dives full length to his right and saves three runs for his team.
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, no run, A length delivery on middle and off, Stokes shows the straight bat and pushes it back to the bowler.
Haris Rauf will continue and he is bowling with some serious pace here.
Naseem Shah to Jos Buttler, no run, Beats the outside edge for the umpteenth time in this over. Naseem is unlucky. Delivers a perfect outswinger, close to off, Buttler tries to play the line but is beaten by the movement.
Naseem Shah to Jos Buttler, no run, On a good length outside off, Jos gets across to play at it but misses.
Naseem Shah to Jos Buttler, SIX, SIX! Brave, skilful and magnificent from Jos Buttler. A length delivery in the line of the stumps, Jos Buttler jumps across the stumps and paddles it all the way over fine leg for a maximum.
Naseem Shah to Jos Buttler, no run, And again. Naseem Shah is unplayable at the moment. Another outswinger has beaten the outside edge of Buttler's bat. Still no slip in place. Rizwan suggests Babar Azam to have it in place and he obliges.
Naseem Shah to Jos Buttler, no run, Gets his line right and again beats the edge. Naseem delivers a speedy outswinger, around off, Buttler is flat-footed, as he pushes inside the line and misses.
Naseem Shah to Jos Buttler, wide, 5 runs, FIVE WIDES to release all the pressure. Naseem perhaps was trying for the inswinger. He gets the line wrong, drifts down the leg side, Jos tries to tickle it fine but misses. Rizwan dives across to his left but fails to cut it off.
Naseem Shah to Jos Buttler, no run, Unplayable! Outswinger, on a length and outside off, shaping away late, Buttler pokes inside the line and misses.
Naseem Shah will continue despite being really expensive in his first over.
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, no run, A length delivery outside off, Ben stays back and pushes it to cover-point. Barring the first ball, it was a superb over from Rauf.
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, no run, Beaten! Short in length and outside off at 149 kph, Stokes stays back to steer it late but is beaten on the inside edge.
Haris Rauf to Ben Stokes, no run, Serves it on a length around off, angling away, Stokes covers the stumps and shoulders arms.
Ben Stokes is the new batter at the crease.
Haris Rauf to Philip Salt, out, OUT! CAUGHT! Second wicket in the Powerplay for Pakistan and the crowd once again has found its voice. Haris Rauf speeds in and dishes out a 146 kph delivery. It's short and on middle, Philip Salt backs away to pull but does so without any timing. It lobs tamely to mid-wicket where Iftikhar Ahmed takes the catch safely. Just before this ball, the slip fielder was moved to mid-wicket and it's a captaincy brilliance from Babar Azam.
Haris Rauf to Philip Salt, no run, Fullish and on off, driven to mid off. Dot.
Haris Rauf to Philip Salt, FOUR, FOUR! England are capitalizing on the Powerplay overs. A 149 kph delivery on the pads, Salt picks it up and flicks it in front of square on the leg side. It races away.
Shaheen Afridi to Philip Salt, 1 run, Shaheen bowls it full and around leg, Philip Salt steps back and drills it in the direction of the bowler. It clips the boot of Shaheen and ricochets towards mid on. They cross. Shaheen Afridi shows no pain after getting hit and stays on his feet.
Shaheen Afridi to Philip Salt, no run, Angling away, around off, it's pushed from the crease to mid off by Salt.
Shaheen Afridi to Jos Buttler, 1 run, Fuller on off, driven to the left of mid off for a single.
Shaheen Afridi to Jos Buttler, FOUR, FOUR! Pristine! Fuller in length around leg, shaping in, Buttler leans across and flicks it with lovely timing through wide mid on for a glorious boundary.
Shaheen Afridi to Philip Salt, leg byes, 1 run, NOT OUT! Shaheen serves a full toss on this occasion as he takes the pace off, around leg, Salt tries to swing it over the leg side but misses and is rapped on the back thigh pad. The appeal is made but the umpire shakes his head. Babar smiles as he goes for the review. UltraEdge finds no bat and the Ball Tracking shows that the impact is with the umpire's call. Pakistan retain their review. One leg bye has been added to the total.
DRS time. Appeal for an lbw against Philip Salt. The finger stays down and Babar Azam reviews...
Shaheen Afridi to Philip Salt, no run, Full in length, around middle and off, Salt pushes it gently to mid-wicket. Shaheen makes the stop in his followthrough.
Naseem Shah to Philip Salt, 1 run, Fuller and on middle, Salt knocks it down to mid on for one. 14 from the over!
Naseem Shah to Philip Salt, FOUR, FOUR! Third boundary of the over and this is a lucky one for England. Fuller in length and on middle, Salt tries to whip it across the line but gets an inside edge through his legs. It runs down fine and crosses the fence.
Naseem Shah to Jos Buttler, 1 run, Edged but safe! Naseem pitches it up and outside off, Buttler again tries to drive but this time he edges it behind. The ball goes wide of first slip and to third man. They cross. It has started to drizzle now.
Naseem Shah to Jos Buttler, FOUR, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries as England try to wrestle back the momentum in their favour. Naseem goes searching for the movement as he dishes out a full ball outside off, Buttler leans forward and creams it through covers.
Naseem Shah to Jos Buttler, FOUR, FOUR! Crunched. Naseem serves it full and around off, Buttler gets on the front foot and crunches it through the gap at covers for a glorious boundary.
Naseem Shah to Jos Buttler, no run, Superb delivery to begin from Naseem. Lands it on a good length, outside off and shaping away, Buttler stays away from the line as he attempts to push at the ball.
Philip Salt is the new batter out in the middle at number 3. Naseem Shah will share the attack and bowl from the other end.
Shaheen Afridi to Alex Hales, out, OUT! SOUND OF TIMBER! The MCG roars. Alex Hales is undone by a beauty from Shaheen Afridi! An inswinger, landing on a full length around middle and leg at 133 clicks. Hales tries his best to keep it out but misses. The ball sneaks through, perhaps says hello to the back pad as well and then deflects onto the stumps. What a sight for a fast bowler!
Shaheen Afridi to Jos Buttler, 1 run, Too full this time, on middle, Buttler works it around in the gap at mid-wicket for a single.
Shaheen Afridi to Jos Buttler, no run, Beauty from Shaheen! He puts it on a fuller length around off, Jos attempts to play it with a straight bat but the ball nips away to beat the outside edge. It was very close to the off pole as well.
Shaheen Afridi to Jos Buttler, 2 runs, Mishit! Fullish and around off, Buttler tries to drive but gets an inside edge. It trickles down to deep backward square leg and by the time, the fielder in the deep gets to the ball, they get two runs.
Shaheen Afridi to Alex Hales, 1 run, Hits the yorker mark around off, Hales digs it out towards mid off and scampers across for a brisk run. Positive start for England.
Shaheen Afridi to Jos Buttler, 3 runs, England are away! Shaheen Afridi begins with a full delivery around leg, Buttler flicks it with good timing and sends it in acres of space at deep mid-wicket. Three runs are taken.