Ahead of the final clash between England and Pakistan, former T20 World Cup winner Kevin Pietersen has made a bold statement. The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will host the summit clash on Sunday, November 13.
England defeated India by 10 wickets to earn a place in the final at Melbourne, whereas their opponent, Pakistan, defeated last year’s runners-up, New Zealand, by seven wickets.
Pietersen boldly claims that Jos Buttler’s team will beat the men in green unless the three lions are overconfident. He was part of the 2010 T20 world cup winning team, where he was even named the player of the tournament.
“Pakistan needs to hope that England self-destructs by being reckless and overconfident. I think it’s an incredible strength that they can just go out there and play the way that they do, but we do know there’s one thing that can happen to this England team – they can get rolled over for none because it’s a sixathon.
“That’s the only thing that I can see derailing England, and that’s what Pakistan need to hope for because I don’t think they can derail England themselves. I’m predicting a comfortable win for England,” Pietersen wrote in his column for Betway.
Earlier this year, Pakistan and England played a seven-match T20I series in Pakistan, which the visitors won by a margin of 4-3.
“England performance ranks right up there” – Kevin Pietersen on the semi-final against India
Kevin Pietersen also spoke about England’s semi-final clash against India, where the team had a comprehensive 10-wicket victory.
“That England performance ranks right up there. It was convincing as anything because that Indian team is star-studded. To beat them as convincingly as they did was spectacular. They didn’t let India into the game at all. There was no doubt in my mind when India posted that score,” Pietersen concluded.