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Pakistan vs England predictions: Three Lions to land second T20 title
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Liam Flin
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Alex Hales will hope to power England to victory in the T20 World Cup final
Alex Hales will hope to power England to victory in the T20 World Cup final

- Sunday's final in Melbourne could be delayed due to rain
- England have won five of their last seven T20 internationals
- Recommended bet: England to win

England are on the cusp of claiming their first Twenty20 World Cup title since 2010, but Pakistan stand in their way in what is set to be a rain-affected final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

With showers expected on both Sunday and the reserve day on Monday, it is likely the weather will play some part in this year's T20 World Cup final, and if at least a 10-overs-per-side match is not completed, the trophy could even be shared.

If they do take to the field, though, England should be full of confidence following their 10-wicket demolition of India in their semi-final. 

Pakistan, meanwhile, booked their place in the final with a seven-wicket success over New Zealand.

Team news

Shaheen Shah Afridi is back in form for Pakistan after having struggled with injury in the build-up to the tournament.

England could be missing the fastest bowler in the tournament, Mark Wood, after he missed the semi-final against India with a right hip injury.

Top-order batter Dawid Malan is also unlikely to be fit for the final as he continues to recover from a groin injury.

Stats

Pakistan's Babar Azam hit 53 against New Zealand and will try to cause problems for England's attack
Pakistan's Babar Azam hit 53 against New Zealand and will try to cause problems for England's attack

England have won five of their last seven T20 internationals, which includes a six-wicket victory in a warm-up contest against Pakistan in October.

The team's opening pair of Jos Buttler and Alex Hales were sensational in the semi-final against India, scoring 80 and 86 respectively, making Hales his team's leading runscorer in the tournament with 211 runs in five innings.

Babar Azam impressed with a knock of 53 against New Zealand last time out, but his T20 form for Pakistan has been poor. 

In his five matches before the semi-final, he struck 15, zero, four, four and six.

Predictions

England were sensational in their T20 World Cup semi-final triumph over India.

Contending with an India-supporting atmosphere, England bowled fairly tightly in Adelaide, restricting India to 168 before chasing it down without losing a wicket as Buttler and Hales stole the show.

The opening pair fired 13 fours, and 10 sixes between them against India and England's strength at the top of the order means they could cope better than Pakistan in a rain-affected contest.

Buttler's side can also draw confidence from the fact they won their pre-tournament series with Pakistan 4-3 and had the edge when the sides met in a separate warm-up match at the Gabba.

If the match is able to go ahead, England could well be a value selection to win and claim their second T20 World Cup title at 3/5 with LiveScore Bet.

Another factor working against Pakistan is the inconsistency of top batter Azam.

Azam posted a commanding 53 in the semi-final against New Zealand but scored only 130 runs in his eight T20 matches beforehand, having largely been outshone by teammate Mohammad Rizwan, most notably in the Asia Cup.

With that in mind, another good selection with LiveScore Bet could be to back Azam to score under 24.5 runs at 17/20.

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