Salman Butt opines on England’s dominant performance in final
By SMCS - Nov 14, 2022 3:42 pm
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Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt believes that England completely outplayed Pakistan in the final of the T20 World Cup 2022 on Sunday, November 13. He said¬†that Pakistan didn’t score enough runs in the final, making their bowling unit’s task a challenging one as well. Butt, however, lauded the Pakistani bowlers for keeping the pressure on.

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He said while speaking on his YouTube channel following the T20 World Cup 2022 final, “England outclassed Pakistan in all departments. I have always maintained that the contest was going to be between Pakistan bowling and England batting. The same happened today, as Pakistan didn’t score enough runs. The bowlers would have been more effective if they had a better total to defend. However, the Pakistani bowlers did put up a strong fight, dismissing five batters and taking it to the 19th over.”

Notably, Pakistan managed 137/8 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Shan Masood (38) and skipper Babar Azam (32) although got off to decent starts, other batters failed to do well. Butt also shared how most of the Pakistani batters perished while attempting to play big shots. He added that it wasn’t the ideal approach to play for this particular pitch.

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“Pakistan were at least 20 to 25 runs short. The wicket wasn’t such that you could hit it through the line, as the ball was seaming a bit. Batters from both teams found it difficult on this surface. You had to play proper cricket, as Shah Masood did. When we were in a position where we needed to score 50 to 55 runs in the final six overs, they again tried to play big shots. We have been repeating the same mistakes. The Pakistani batters aren’t able to pick the googly. Even Babar Azam was undone by that today. He tried to play the cut shot, but ended up losing his wicket,” Salman Butt again shared.