‘Quality fast bowling vs quality batting’ Hayden on Pakistan-England final

MELBOURNE: Pakistan team mentor Matthew Hayden termed the T20 World Cup final a contest between the Green Shirts’ quality bowling and England’s quality batting, saying that both teams have all the bases covered for the big clash on Sunday.

Speaking at a press conference at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday, where the Pakistan team have been undergoing training before the final, Hayden said that his side has four quick bowlers who could make an impact and create some sustainable damage to the dangerous England batting line.

Pointing at India’s deficiencies in the second semi-final the other day, former Australian cricketer observed that the side was short of a leg-spinner and had fewer genuine bowling options than Pakistan.

“I think what India was really missing last night in the bowling department was a leg-spinning option. This side (Pakistan) has six genuine options and a seventh as well. If he is required,” he said.

Talking about the unmet fantasy of the India-Pakistan final, Hayden, said it would have been lovely to see two subcontinental rivals come to this stage and play an enormous game of cricket.

“I don’t think this stadium (MCG) has ever seen a spectacle of a sport like the first game we had at the start of the tournament. Of course, it would’ve been lovely to regenerate that, but it’s not” he added.

Moreover, the team mentor praised the combination of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan and their on-field as well as off-field chemistry, saying that they got each others’ backs and fully understand the game of cricket with its ups and downs.

Commenting on Sunday’s final between Pakistan and England, Hayden said both sides were equally balanced and the side which handles its pressure and emotions better on the day will eventually come out on top.

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