By defeating Pakistan by a margin of five wickets, England won the T20 World Cup and made history by becoming the first team to hold both the 50-over and 20-over white-ball championships. After winning the T20 tournament in 2010, England won its second title, joining the West Indies as the only other two-time champions since the competition's inception in 2007. This, in essence, was a victory of England’s daring and enterprise, of them capturing the soul of the format even though they don't boast of million-dollar franchise leagues. England's journey to the ICC Men's T20 World Cup title was an emotional roller coaster from the underwhelming low of a loss to Ireland to victory on the biggest stage of them all.
Sam Curran's superb results of 5/10 against Afghanistan in England's first match were a promise of things to come for the left-armer and helped calm their nerves. Liam Livingstone and Moeen Ali completed the task at the bottom of the order as England struggled a little in its pursuit of 113 to win. At a soggy MCG, England's campaign hit its low point. In the opening half of Ireland's innings, Andrew Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker profited from some subpar bowling, but England would have continued to bet on themselves. However, England was hesitant in their pursuit and failed to surpass the necessary rate due to the predicted rain. Moeen Ali's big hits nearly saved the day, but the rain came before the left-hander had faced many deliveries, leaving England just behind on DLS and handing their neighbours a well-known defeat.
England's position in Group 1 is precarious after a washout. After losing against Ireland, Buttler and his squad had to share the points with Australia, which meant they couldn't afford another setback. Although the game had threatened to be a win-or-bust encounter for both teams, sharing the points at least meant that they both still had stakes in the competition. Neither team was happy with the outcome. Because of those dropped points, England now had four consecutive matches that they had to win to win the World Cup. A test against an in-form and group-leading New Zealand was challenging, but England got off to a fast start with an opening stand of 81 runs, and their total of 179/6 was never going to be easy to beat. When Glenn Phillips started to roll, there were a few nerves in the middle overs, but some tight bowling at a crucial moment left New Zealand with too much to do.
With three crucial wickets, Mark Wood's quick bowling helped England restrict Sri Lanka to 141/8. The chase got off to a decent start thanks to another strong opening stand, but things tightened up more than expected, forcing Ben Stokes to step in and bowl a rescue job of 42* from 36 balls to get England home with four wickets remaining. England's performance against India in the semifinal was a drubbing and by far their best of the competition. The bowlers performed an excellent job of holding India to a respectable but manageable 168/6. Jos Buttler and Alex Hales, England's opening pair, were the game's standouts as they successfully chased down the target with four overs remaining and without losing a wicket.
At the MCG, a legendary England triumph featured a legendary Ben Stokes performance. With the help of some useful cameos from Jos Buttler, Harry Brook, and Moeen Ali, his side was able to win thanks to his undefeated 52* from 49 balls. Sam Curran and Adil Rashid's outstanding bowling kept Pakistan in check during the first innings, and even Shaheen Afridi's first-over six couldn't derail England's momentum during the chase. In the T20 World Cup Final, England defeated Pakistan with a resounding victory because they controlled more of the key moments that either made the difference or allowed them to maintain dominance.
Thus, the conclusion of yet another T20 World Cup. England is now the undisputed leader in white-ball competition. And this title should put to rest any sceptics' misgivings about their new-age philosophy of "constant aggression" until there is another revolution. Teams from all over the world will now try to copy their philosophy while obviously customising it to fit their individual strengths and shortcomings, which will inevitably lead to additional inventions and fun. But until then, England will enjoy winning their second world championship in less than three years.