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How to watch Pakistan vs England in the T20 World Cup final and what happens if it rains

England will take on Pakistan in a huge T20 World Cup final showdown after destroying India… but when will the match be played? How can you watch it? And what will happen if it rains?

England and Pakistan will meet in an enticing T20 World Cup final this weekend as an action-packed tournament reaches its conclusion. 

Jos Buttler’s side booked their spot in the Melbourne final on Thursday as they demolished a hapless India, blasting their way to the 169 target without dropping a wicket. 

England come up against Pakistan – who they recently edged 4-3 in a seven-match warm-up series – in the final. Pakistan beat New Zealand by seven wickets on Wednesday to reach the grand finale. 

England booked their place in the T20 World Cup final after demolishing India by 10 wickets

England booked their place in the T20 World Cup final after demolishing India by 10 wickets

They come up against Pakistan, who defeated New Zealand by seven wicket on Wednesday

They come up against Pakistan, who defeated New Zealand by seven wicket on Wednesday 

Having brushed aside India, who stood alongside England as the pre-tournament favourites, Buttler’s side now enter the final as the bookies’ pick to prevail. England last won the T20 World Cup back in 2010. 

In fact, it looked as if Pakistan’s World Cup was already over when they were edged out by India in heart-breaking fashion at the MCG and then lost to Zimbabwe in their second game.

But somehow they reached the last four – considerably helped by the Netherlands beating South Africa – and now they will return to Melbourne after a remarkable night at the SCG.

Sportsmail takes you through the everything you need to know ahead of the final below.  

When is Pakistan vs England?

The T20 World Cup final between Pakistan and England will take place on Sunday, November 13. 

The clash will get underway at 8am UK time, which is 7pm local time. 

The final, which will be a rematch of the 1992 50-over final when Pakistan’s ‘cornered tigers’ defeated Graham Gooch’s side, will poetically again be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

And while England are looking to win a first World Cup since 2010, Pakistan last did so in 2009.

How to watch the T20 World Cup final

The World Cup final between Pakistan and England will be aired live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket, with coverage getting underway at 7am. 

Viewers will be able to stream the action on Sky Go or by purchasing a NOW 24-hour pass, which costs £11.98. 

Sportsmail reported on Monday that Sky Sports were planning to make Sunday’s final available for free if England beat India in Thursday’s semi-final, which is now obviously the case.

England's incredible 2019 Cricket World Cup final win was also shown for free on Channel 4

England’s incredible 2019 Cricket World Cup final win was also shown for free on Channel 4

The satellite broadcaster have adopted a policy of sharing major sporting events with free-to-air channels in recent years and Sportsmail learned that England reaching another T20 World Cup final would be deemed a nationally significant occasion worthy of another give-away.

Channel 4 will be the terrestrial partner, showing the game live, having worked with Sky on a number of joint productions in recent years including the 2019 Cricket World Cup final.

What happens if it rains? 

Cricket’s long-standing wet weather rules could be rewritten to save the blockbuster Twenty20 World Cup final from being washed out. 

The showpiece event is scheduled for Sunday, but wet weather is forecast at the MCG. Tournament rules set out that in that situation, a back-up date is slated so as to save the fixture and avoid forcing England and Pakistan to share the trophy.

However, it is also due to rain on the back-up date of Monday 14 November, meaning that the ICC has taken drastic action to push back the start time when it is less likely to rain in Melbourne.

The T20 World Cup final could be a wash out this weekend sparking a drastic rule change to ensure there is a winner (pictured: ground staff at the MCG earlier this month)

The T20 World Cup final could be a wash out this weekend sparking a drastic rule change to ensure there is a winner (pictured: ground staff at the MCG earlier this month)

To constitute a match, a minimum of 10 overs is required per team, unlike the group stage when only five overs per-side was needed to complete a game.

This could be difficult with Melbourne forecast to cop up to 25mm of rain on Sunday when resurgent Pakistan will face England in front of more than 90,000 people at the MCG.

If the final is washed out the ICC has left Monday as a reserve day with play beginning at 3pm and picking up where it was paused on Sunday.

But Melbourne’s weather is looking just as ominous on Monday, with a 95 per cent chance of showers and up to 10mm of rain forecast.

And if the play can’t be scheduled for Sunday or Monday, England and Pakistan will be crowned joint winners.  


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