Pakistan and England have only faced each other on 21 occasions in T20 cricket, with England dominating the scoreline. England have won 14 of those encounters whereas Pakistan have won just six.
Expect England to win the second T20I on Thursday (+200)
Pakistan: Alex Hales, Phil Salt (wk), Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali (c), Harry Brook, Sam Curran, David Willey, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley
England: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed/Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shahnawaz Dahani, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah
England’s seven-match T20I series versus Pakistan offers both teams a great opportunity to experiment and find their missing pieces of the puzzle ahead of the T20 World Cup. on the road to the upcoming World Cup. The second T20I will take place at National Stadium in Karachi on Thursday.
Pakistan will be desperate to get over their Asia Cup disappointments and challenge the English side. Pakistan had a mixed Asia Cup campaign, where the defeated India in the group stage but lost against them in the super 4. They were also pushed to the limit by Afghanistan in the Super 4 before they lost the last Super 4 fixture and the final at the hands of Sri Lanka. Pakistan’s batting was a major point of criticism in their campaign as their conservative approach was exposed yet again.
England haven’t quite had a great time in recent times. England played in the Caribbean earlier this year, losing the series by 3-2. In July, they hosted India and South Africa at home after Jos Buttler took over the captaincy from Eoin Morgan. They ended up losing both the series by 2-1. England have also been hit by several injury setbacks throughout the year and will need to get their act together as they head into the World Cup.
The Pakistan bowling attack will be without Shaheen Afridi but they will be relieved partially with the return of Shahnawaz Dahani. The pace bowling unit also has Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim and Mohammad Hasnain. The spin all-rounder duo of Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz has been in good form. A major concern for Pakistan is their batting. Shan Masood is set to replace Fakhar Zaman while Haider Ali could be in contention as well. It would be interesting to see if Pakistan split the opening pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.
England will miss their captain Jos Buttler for the first leg of the tour as he’s still recovering from an injury. They suffered a blow with Jonny Bairstow getting ruled out for a considerable time. Ben Stokes has been rested from this tour as is Chris Jordan. Alex Hales returns to the side after three long years while the likes of Phil Salt and Harry Brook will get opportunities to make their case for the first choice XI. In the bowling attack, Mark Wood and Olly Stone return after recovering from injuries while Luke Wood could get a game down the line. For now, the bowling unit is likely to comprise Mark Wood, Reece Topley, David Willey, Adil Rashid along with all-rounders Sam Curran, Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone.
Dawid Malan: The left-hander has been in superb form recently and seemed to have upped his intent. He was the top run-getter in the recent Hundred, smashing 377 runs from nine innings at an average of 54 and strike rate of 167, including four fifty-plus scores. In his T20 international career, Malan has scored 1411 runs at a strike rate of 138 while averaging 39, including one hundred and 12 fifties.
Haris Rauf: The speedster has developed into a reliable three-phase bowler in recent times. Haris Rauf was outstanding in the Asia Cup, picking seven wickets in the last three games, including 3/29 in the final. Rauf has claimed 166 wickets from 125 matches in his overall T20 career, at an economy of 8.37 with one five-for and four four-wicket hauls.
|Teams||Pakistan vs England|
|Location||National Stadium, Karachi|
|Time||Thursday, 21st September, 8 PM IST/2:30 PM GMT|
|How to watch||Sony Sports Network/Sony LIV (India), SportsMax (Caribbean), Fox Sports & Channel 7 (Australia), Sky Sport NZ (New Zealand), SuperSport (England), Willow TV (USA), Sky Sports Cricket (United Kingdom)|
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