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T20 World Cup: England and Pakistan eye T20 title in throwback final

MELBOURNE: A confident England will look to deny Pakistan a fairytale finish in Sunday’s T20 World Cup final and become the first nation to hold both global white-ball trophies — if Melbourne’s fickle weather permits.

Heavy rain could disrupt the Melbourne Cricket Ground showdown and even see the teams crowned joint champions if unable to complete a match of at least 10 overs per side by the end of the reserve day on Monday.

However, conditions should hold up long enough to deliver a contest between the two nations who played for the 50-overs World Cup 30 years ago at the MCG.

After shaky starts both hit top gear in the semi-finals, with Pakistan easing to a seven-wicket win over New Zealand in Sydney and England humiliating India by 10 wickets in Adelaide.

Pakistan, the 2009 champions, have had a charmed tournament since being pushed to the brink of elimination by Zimbabwe, with the Netherlands helping them into the semi-finals by eliminating South Africa.

Thirty years after Imran Khan’s Pakistan claimed the 1992 World Cup, Babar Azam’s team may feel it is their destiny to deliver a trophy.

“Of course, the similarities are (there),” Babar told reporters of 1992 final.

“But we will try to win the trophy as it is an honour for me to lead this team, especially on this big ground.”

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