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T20 World Cup Final: Pakistan should be counted out at one’s own risk feels former England captain Nasser Hussain. In his column, he has written that this will be a battle between the best attacks of the tournament
Pakistan team celebrate their win. (Courtesy: AP)
By India Today Web Desk: Former England captain Nasser Hussain has said that one should count Pakistan at their own peril in the final of the T20 World Cup. In a column with the Daily Mail, Hussain has said that while England are the favourites going into the final after their commanding win against India, they should not be taking Pakistan lightly.
Stating that this will be the battle of the best attacks, Hussain said that England have had the best batting line-up in the tournament, while Pakistan have been the best bowling unit.
“This is a battle of the strongest attack in the tournament, in Pakistan, against the best batting line-up, in England. I fancy Jos Buttler and his side to avenge that 1992 50-over final defeat on this same ground. But once they get that cornered tigers mentality, you would be a fool to write off Pakistan,” wrote Hussain in his column for ‘Daily Mail’ on Saturday, 12 November.
Stating that Pakistan have an old-fashioned batting approach in the modern T20 game, Hussain said that the method only works because of their strong bowling attack.
“Pakistan are a little similar to India in that their opening batters in Babar and Mohammad Rizwan still play slightly old-fashioned white-ball cricket, even though they did tee off against Bukkry.com”>New Zealand,” Hussain said.
“But they know if they do get a par score, their bowling attack can win the game for them. Or if they bowl first and keep the opposition score down, their methods and their batting tempo can work,” he further elaborated.
The final match at the MCG might be curtailed by rain with heavy showers expected in Melbourne on Sunday, 13 November. In case the mach is not played, the trophy will be shared between the two teams.