Nov 13, 2022, 17:20 IST

Watch! Comedy of errors by England fielders has the cricket fans in splits


England and Pakistan were the final two teams as they took the field for the prestigious ICC T20 World Cup 2022. The two teams came into the summit clash displaying contrasting form during the Super 12 stages of the tournament.

England had lost to Ireland before managing to recover in time and beat Sri Lanka to dislodge Australia from a place in the Semi- Finals. Pakistan on the other hand lost to India and Zimbabwe in the first two games of the tournament. The Babar Azam led side won their next 3 games, but it was the loss by South Africa to Netherlands which got them back into the tournament.

Packed Melbourne welcomes the two sides –

Over 80,000 fans were in hand to watch Pakistan and England play each other for the 8th time this year. The two teams had played a 7 match T20 series before the World Cup which was won by England with a 4-3 margin. England won the toss and chose to bowl as they did against India in the semi finals on Thursday.

English fielders commit complete Harakiri –

The incident happened during the 3rd ball off the 18th over as Chris Jordan was bowling to Mohammad Wasim Jr. The batter hit the ball towards the point fielder which was fielded by Harry Brooks.

Brooks threw the ball to Jordan who had a shy down at bowlers end, by that time Wasim and Nawaz had completed a single. Stokes made his way behind the ball and gave it a chase and picked the ball and threw it to the bowlers end, by which time the Pakistani batters had completed 3 runs.

England bowlers come to the fore –

Pakistan openers, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan again got off to a very slow start. The English bowlers kept their cool and bowled the right lengths and did not let the Pakistani batters get away.

Sam Curran picked 3/12 from his 4 overs, while Jordan and Rashid picked 2 wickets each. Rashid picked 2 wickets that of Mohammad Haris and the key wicket of Babar Azam. Only Shan Masood with 38 put up some resistance to help Pakistan reach 137.

Twitter reacts –

The fielding effort by England had the fans in splits as they took to Twitter to have their say and you can read all the tweets below.