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Everything you need to know about the T20 World Cup Final

When, where, who and the money the winner receives: here’s what you need to know about the Pakistan-England decider.

A new champion in T20 cricket will be crowned on Sunday as the ICC T20 World Cup Final will see England and Pakistan square off in one of the biggest venues in cricket.

Here’s what you need to know about the finale:

When and where is the final?

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australia’s largest stadium with a capacity of 100,000 spectators, will host the final on Sunday 13 November.

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What time is the final?

The match starts at 19:00 (08:00 GMT and 13:00 PST).

Who is playing?

Pakistan and England.

How did they get to the final?

Well, that’s the question most fans have been asking about Pakistan!

After losing their first two games in the last few balls against India and Zimbabwe, Pakistan altered their lineup, upped the ante and found themselves winning the last three games. The Netherlands then helped their cause by beating South Africa and pushing Pakistan to second place in the group. They then beat their favorite World Cup semi-final opponent, New Zealand, and that’s how they reached the final.

England started as one of the favourites, opening their campaign with an easy victory over Afghanistan. They faced Ireland and the rain in their second game, losing to a rain-adjusted target just as they were looking to gain control. Their next match against Australia was called off after heavy rain. The 2010 champions overcame the stutter and two wins out of two against New Zealand and Sri Lanka took them to the semi-finals. A semi-final against India could have been tricky but they hardly broke a sweat and chased the goal without losing a single wicket.

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Down but not out. The Pakistani players are still in the World Cup despite two losses early in the tournament. [AFP]

How many T20 World Cups have they won?

Each. Pakistan in 2009, England in 2010.

Who are the favourites?

The T20 team classification separates both teams by only one place (England second, Pakistan third). Both teams recently played a hard-fought seven-match T20 series which England won 4-3.

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England’s batting dominance and superior fielding will make them slight favorites against a heavily bowled Pakistan team.

What is the head-to-head record?

England have a clear advantage in the overall head-to-head record, having won 18 of their 28 contests.

Pakistan have won nine while one ended in a no contest. The last five matches have seen three England wins against two for Pakistan.

What is the predicted playing XI?

England: Jos Buttler (c), Alex Hales, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid.

Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Muhammad Rizwan (WK), Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi.

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How much money does the winner receive?

$1.6 million

What about the losing finalists?

$800,000

What if it rains on Sunday?

There are a lot of tournament rules, but if they can’t have a 10+ match, it will be moved to Monday.

Who are the players to watch?

England’s starting pair, Buttler and Hales, shone in the chase against India and will be key against arguably the tournament’s best bowling unit.

A fast bowler with a left arm, Afridi worked his way back to the Pakistan side following injury. He seems to have found his groove and quickly slipped in as the joint leading wicket-taker for Pakistan along with Shadab.

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