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England crowned T20 champions

England have become the first side in history to hold both the ODI and T20 trophies at the same time.

The triumph comes after England saluted in the World T20 final against Pakistan at the MCG by five-wickets.

Set a target of 138 for victory it was the man of the big moments Ben Stokes (52 from 49 balls) who stood up belting an unbeaten half-century, his first in T20 internationals to guide England to victory with six balls to spare.

The turning point in the game was when Pakistan quick Shaheen Afridi limped off the ground during his third over with a knee injury after hurting it attempting a catch in the outfield.

Iftikhar Ahmed was chosen to complete the over but the decision backfired with 13 runs coming off the remaining five balls in the 16th over of the match.

Moeen Ali (19 off 13) played a crucial second hand to Stokes late in the innings to give England the upper hand and give them one hand on the trophy.

Earlier in the day quick Sam Curran produced one of the bowling spells on the tournament collecting 3-12 to earn himself the man of the match performance. Curran was also voted as the player of the tournament capturing 16 wickets.

England captain Jos Buttler of how proud he was of his playing group.

"This is the icing on the cake, to win the T20 World Cup, just immensely proud. A long journey and a few changes, but we're reaping the rewards. Fantastic tournament, Pakistan was a valuable time for the group, but this is a way away from the Ireland game."

England now face Australia in a three-match ODI series beginning on November 17 in Adelaide.

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