How England Won The 2022 T20 World Cup

When Jos Buttler took over the role of England’s white-ball captain from Eoin Morgan, his reign kickstarted with the first summer since 2014 when the Three Lions didn’t win a series. Fast forward less than six months later, and he has led the team to their second-ever T20 World Cup in Australia. It was a remarkable turnaround that ended with the side showcasing what makes them the most talented group in the world. Despite being solid favourites in the pre-tournament betting odds, join us here at SinkorSwimSports as we look back at how England won the 2022 T20 World Cup. 

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England won the 2022 T20 World Cup final by five wickets against Pakistan

How England Reached The T20 World Cup Final 

England’s disappointing white-ball summer against India and South Africa was quickly rectified by Jos Buttler with two impressive T20 series wins over Pakistan and Australia before the World Cup kicked off. 

Their World Cup campaign itself, however, was far from plain sailing, to begin with. Rain washouts meant the Three Lions were denied the opportunity of a win against Australia, and actually cost them a loss against Ireland, meaning they would need to beat New Zealand and Sri Lanka in order to get out of Group A. But, you really begin to see the quality of a team when their backs are against the wall and, from that moment on, England immediately began to look like potential champions in the making. 

The side set the pace against New Zealand with a 20-run win and then overcame Sri Lanka with a not-nervy-at-all 4-wicket win. 

Then, in the semi-final against India, England produced one of their white-ball performances of the ages. Restricting their opponents to 168/7, Jos Buttler and Alex Hales demonstrated the modern way of opening a T20 innings with the most brutal innings in the tournament. The pair made 170 in just 16 overs without either of them being dismissed, breaking the record for the biggest partnership in T20 World Cup history. 

Four wins were needed, four wins were delivered and a final against Pakistan in Sydney was on the cards. 

Rashid, Curran And Stokes Deliver Again 

Over the course of England’s growing momentum at the tournament, the three most consistent performers in the side were arguably Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, and Ben Stokes (yes, him again).

With roughly 60% of wins in T20Is coming from chasing and Pakistan’s attack being arguably the best in the world, England winning the toss and putting their opponents into bat was a crucial little win for Jos Buttler. From there, England’s fine bowling displays continued on as they once again squeezed their opponents in the powerplay. The most defining moment of the innings came in the twelfth over when Adil Rashid, who only took his first wicket of the tournament against Sri Lanka, dismissed Babar Azam for 32 and then delivered five more dot balls to Iftikhar Ahmed for a brilliant wicket-maiden. He finished with figures of 2-22 with an economy rate of 5.50. 

Sam Curran was named the ICC Player of the Match and Player of the Tournament following the match, and England’s leading wicket-taker once again showed his golden arm with figures of 3-12 from his four overs. The 24-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise over 2022, and his performances over the course of the T20 World Cup for England could be one of the most defining points in him cementing himself as one of the side’s all-time white-ball greats. 

Ben Stokes grabbed the wicket of Iftikhar and Chris Jordan claimed 2-27 to restrict Pakistan to just 137/8, presenting an easy-looking chase albeit on a pitch still with plenty of life in it. 

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Ben Stokes’ 52* (49) spearheaded England’s successful chase

Pakistan Put Up A Fight 

Only requiring 138 to win from 120 deliveries represented a comfortably below-par effort for Pakistan, but the side has shown they are adept at defending these low totals. On a Sydney pitch that rewarded pace bowlers with some early swing and a boisterous crowd that 95% of which was rooting for the team in green, Pakistan hauled themselves back into the game by restricting England to 45-3 in the powerplay. 

Haris Rauf was our pick of the attack, taking 2-23 at 5.75 economies, but the over Naseem Shah bowled to Jos Buttler was the sort of express batter v bowler battle a World Cup final should produce. 

Ultimately, however, it was England’s man of the hour who stepped up again to get the side over the line. Ben Stokes, the hero of the 2019 World Cup Final, anchored the innings with an unbeaten 52* from 49 deliveries. It was the second time Stokes had steered a tricky run chase home at the T20 World Cup, not only justifying his selection in the side but also completing his redemption for his costly final over in 2016. 

The Best In The World 

Ultimately, few can argue against England being the best team at the tournament over the course of their run at the 2022 T20 World Cup. 

The way in which the Three Lions attacked powerplays, and showed their versatility with both bat and ball has shown the world the new way of playing the shortest form of the game. What’s more, England managed to do all of this without the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Jofra Archer, Reece Topley and Mark Wood for the semi and the final is a testament to the depth in the squad. 

In winning the 2022 World Cup, England has become the first side to hold both the ODI and T20 World Cups at the same time. It’s a testament to the structure Eoin Morgan put in place, but also shows that the future continues to look bright for the Three Lions.

13 November 2022
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Pakistan 

138/7 (20 overs) 
Shan Masood 38 (28)
Sam Curran 3/12 (4 overs)

England 

138/5 (19 overs)
Ben Stokes 52* (49)
Haris Rauf 2/23 (4 overs)

England won by 5 wickets


Attendance: 80,462

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Marais Erasmus (SA)

Player of the Match: Sam Curran (Eng)