Pakistan and England have competed against each other on 26 occasions in T20 cricket, with England winning 15 of those while Pakistan claiming nine. Pakistan are leading the ongoing series by 3-2 and have an edge due to their bowling attack.
Expect Pakistan to win the sixth T20I on Friday (-250)
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Haider Ali/Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah/Aamer Jamal, Mohammad Wasim
England: Alex Hales, Phil Salt/Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Moeen Ali (c), Harry Brook, Sam Curran, David Willey, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley
In a series full of action, drama and clash of strategies, Pakistan have taken a 3-2 lead with two matches to go. The two sides will now compete in the sixth T20I at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Friday, September 30th.
England will be desperate to win the sixth match to stay alive in the series. They’ve been beaten in the last two matches while chasing the target and it’s an area they’d want to improve on. Pakistan held on to a thrilling three-run victory in the fourth game followed by another nail-biter, edging out the visitors by six runs.
Pakistan’s batting struggled yet again barring Mohammad Rizwan, who continued his splendid form. Mark Wood bagged 3 for 20 with his sheer pace while Sam Curran picked 2 for 23 in his four. Rizwan fought alone with 63 off 46 to help his side reach a decent total.
Defending just 146, Pakistan bowlers reduced England to 31 for 3 inside the powerplay and soon they sent half the side back for 62 runs. The stand-in skipper Moeen Ali was the only roadblock for the hosts. Ali smashed 51 not-out off 37 but could not get his side over the line as the debutant Aamer Jamal defended 15 runs off the final over.
In a lengthy series, both the teams understandably tried to rotate their bowlers. Pakistan handed a debut cap to Aamer Jamal in the last game, pairing him alongside Mohammad Wasim and Haris Rauf. They have Shahnawaz Dahani, Naseem Shah and Mohammad Hasnain in the squad and one of them could get into the playing XI for this fixture. Shadab Khan has fully recovered and returned to action in the fifth game. In the batting department, Haider Ali hasn’t yet done anything notable and could get replaced by Khushdil Shah.
There is a small possibility that England could have Jos Buttler in the playing XI for the first time on this tour. Their top order has had a difficult time, with Alex Hales, Phil Salt and Dawid Malan not firing. Ben Duckett and Harry Brook did well in the first three games but have had two back to back bad outings. England have been very cautious with fast bowler Mark Wood, who played the fifth game and might be rested for this one. England have Reece Topley, Richard Gleeson and Luke Wood in their ranks.
Mohammad Rizwan: The Pakistan opener is head and shoulders above anyone else in the ongoing series. He has scored 315 runs in five matches at an average of 79 while striking at 145. Barring the third game, Rizwan has smashed a fifty in each of the matches and England don’t really have any answers to him. Rizwan made 88 off 67 in the fourth game and followed it up with 63 off 46 in the fifth. The 30yr old has amassed 2258 runs in T20 internationals at an average of 53.76 and strike rate of 129, including one century and 20 half centuries.
Moeen Ali: The 34yr old all-rounder has been a key part of the England T20 set-up and has been in great form this year. He has scored 404 runs in 16 T20 matches this year, averaging 34 at a terrific strike rate of 165. Moeen has smashed four fifties in the format this year – which is one more than he managed in his previous years combined. Moeen hammered 55 not-out off 23 balls in the second T20I and is coming off a 37-ball 51* in the previous fixture.
|Teams||Pakistan vs England|
|Location||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore|
|Time||Friday, 30th 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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