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Pakistan and England have competed against each other on 22 occasions in T20 cricket, with England building a clear edge. England have won 15 of those encounters whereas Pakistan have claimed just six.
Expect England to win the third T20I on Friday (+200)
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Usman Qadir/Shadab Khan, Shahnawaz Dahani, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah/Mohammad Wasim
England: Alex Hales, Phil Salt (wk), Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali (c), Harry Brook, Sam Curran, David Willey, Mark Wood/Richard Gleeson, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley/Luke Wood
England began their seven-match T20I tour of Pakistan with a six-wicket victory in the opening game. The third T20I will take place at National Stadium in Karachi on Friday.
The first T20I saw the Pakistan openers putting on an 85-run partnership before Babar Azam was dismissed for 31 off 24. Adil Rashid put on the brakes on Pakistan’s run-scoring in the middle overs, picking 2 for 27 in four overs.
Mohammad Rizwan was superb with the bat, making 68 off 46 and putting the team in a good position. However, the hosts lost their way in the second half of the innings and lost wickets at regular intervals. They managed only 51 for 6 in the last seven overs as Luke Wood bagged 3 for 24 in his four overs on the debut.
England started slowly but Dawid Malan and Alex Hales upped the ante to bring up 50 runs in 6.1 overs. Malan scored 20 off 15 while Ben Duckett added 21 off 17. Both the lefties were dismissed by Usman Qadir. Hales went on to smash 53 off 40 whereas Harry Brook finished the chase with an unbeaten 42 off 25.
Pakistan had a few injury concerns ahead of the first T20I with Shadab Khan and Asif Ali missing out due to an injury. Haider Ali and Usman Qadir received opportunities but couldn’t quite grab them. The batting unit collapsed in the first T20I and that could prompt the openers to go back to their conservative ways. The pace bowling attack was boosted by the return of Shahnawaz Dahani, alongside Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf. With matches on the back to back days, you can expect Naseem Shah or Dahani to be rested. Mohammad Wasim or Mohammad Hasnain are likely to get a chance.
England are without their captain Jos Buttler for the first leg of the tour as he’s still recovering from an injury. Liam Livingstone wasn’t fully recovered from the injury he suffered in the Hundred but could be back for this game. Alex Hales made the most of his opportunity after three years while Ben Duckett and Harry Brook had gametime in the middle order. In the bowling attack, England chose to be cautious with Mark Wood and Olly Stone, both of whom are returning from injuries. Luke Wood made his debut and was pretty impressive. Reece Topley could come back in the playing XI ahead of David Willey or Richard Gleeson.
Alex Hales: Having prior experience of playing in these conditions through PSL, Alex Hales batted excellently to steer England to a victory on his return after three years. Hales scored 53 off 40 with seven boundaries. The opening batter has a remarkable record in the shorter format, having amassed over 10000 runs at an average of 31 while striking at 147. Hales has registered five hundred and 64 fifties in T20 cricket.
Mohammad Rizwan: The opening batter was heavily criticised for his slow approach in the recent Asia Cup. He showed a much-improved intent in the first T20I and scored 68 off 46 with six fours and two sixes. Rizwan is extremely consistent in T20 internationals, scoring 2011 runs at an average of 51.5 and strike rate of 128, including one century and 17 half centuries.
|Teams||Pakistan vs England|
|Location||National Stadium, Karachi|
|Time||Friday, 23rd 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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