On to the finals.

HISTORY is repeating itself, three decades later. It's a Pakistan-England final at a World Cup in Australia albeit in the shortest limited-overs format of the game. Victory at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday will hopefully see Babar Azam's men emulate, in every sense, the feats of Imran Khan's 'cornered tigers' who delivered Pakistan's most glorious cricketing moment by winning the 50-over World Cup in 1992. There are so many parallels. Then, too, Pakistan had to rely on other results going their way to reach the semi-finals. Then too, they had to overcome the opposition from New Zealand in the last four. Whoever wins on Sunday will join the West Indies as the only other side to win the Twenty20 World Cup twice - Pakistan is looking to add to the title they last won in 2009 with England looking to follow up on their triumph in 2010. And it promises to be a compelling contest between two teams that bounced back from serious upsets. Pakistan suffered a stunning loss to Zimbabwe that followed a last-ball defeat to arch-rivals India. England came unstuck against Ireland. But both showed their resolve where it mattered most. Pakistan's resurgence came with a crucial victory against South Africa which kept them alive till the final round of Group 2 matches and they went through after the Proteas...

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