Date: September 01, 2020
Timing: 6 pm local time, 10 pm PKT
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Weather: Light clouds and showers expected during the match day.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The pitch was a belter in the second match where we saw 394 runs scored in 39.1 overs. However, in the first match, the pitch was slow and tacky as England struggled to score. It’s unsure how the pitch will play out this time.
HEAD TO HEAD:
Matches: 17 | England: 11 | Pakistan: 4 | Tied: 1 | No Result: 1
England: W NR W W L (completed matches, most recent first)
Pakistan: L NR W W L
England struggled to get going in the first T20I. However, in the second match, they chased down Pakistan’s 195 with ease. Pakistan bowlers could not put pressure on the batsmen. Eoin Morgan, the man in form, along with David Malan and Jonny Bairstow trashed the bowlers all around the ground.
There are still hiccups that they need to check. Moeen Ali has now scored four single-digit scores in his last four international innings. He will be under scrutiny. Then their bowlers, experience bowlers like Chris Jordan had troubled to bowl proper line and lengths. One cannot blame for someone to play after a long break.
On Tuesday, England would be looking to not only seal the series, but also keeping an eye on their players and their performance as the Australia series will be up next on Friday.
ENGLAND PROBABLE XI:
There is a chance that David Wiley may replace either one of Jordan or Saqib Mahmood. Both bowlers went 9 per over. Though it seems unlikely that England will make further changes in the squad.
1. Tom Banton, 2. Jonny Bairstow (wk), 3. David Malan, 4. Eoin Morgan (C), 5. Sam Billings, 6. Moeen Ali, 7. David Willey, 8. Adil Rashid, 9. Tom Curran, 10. Chris Jordan, 11. Saqib Mahmood
Pakistan are yet to win a game on this tour and the final match will be their last chance to win their first game. They could have won the Test series, but failed to win. Similarly in the last match, Pakistan could not put pressure on England after Shadab double-struck in his first over. Bowlers went for 8 an over. However, among the six bowlers, bowled last match, only Shadab and Haris Rauf went 8.5 an over each and picked up three and two wickets respectively. The other bowlers need to look at it. Particular Shaheen Afridi, who had a long Test series and it felt he deserves a break from T20Is.
The batting seems to be in better form, notably in Babar and ageless Hafeez. Fakhar played some good knock as well, giving the start Pakistan wanted with an opening stand of 72. Shoaib Malik didn’t look comfortable while Iftikhar couldn’t time the ball properly at the death. They would be looking to better themselves.
PAKISTAN PROBABLE XI:
Mohammad Amir suffered hamstring during the second match and doesn’t seem that he will be playing on Tuesday’s match. Wahab Riaz may get a game in Amir’s place. It is also likely that Shaheen may be given a rest and Mohammad Hasnain will play his first match in this series.
As for batting, there might be a possibility that Haider Ali may get a game. Likely in Shoaib Malik’s place. Though it’s unsure they make further changes apart from the bowling.
1. Babar Azam (c), 2. Fakhar Zaman, 3. Mohammad Hafeez, 4. Shoaib Malik/ Haider Ali, 5. Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 6. Iftikhar Ahmed, 7. Imad Wasim, 8. Shadab Khan, 9. Wahab Riaz, 10. Haris Rauf, 11. Shaheen Afridi/ Mohammad Hasnain
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
- Eoin Morgan: He scored 66 of 36 balls in England’s five-wicket victory over Pakistan on Sunday. Eoin Morgan showed why he has been a vital wicket to the opposition. With clean hitting and reverse slog-sweep keeping the bowlers in check, Pakistan would want to find ways of getting him out before he goes into his beast mode from ball one.
- Babar Azam: The number 1 T20I batsmen, Babar will not only going to score runs in the series but will have to lead the side well after his Test captain criticized for his leadership in the Test series. Since September 2019, Babar is Pakistan’s leading run-scorer in T20Is with 224 runs in eight innings. One of only two batsmen with over 1,000 runs to average over 50.
- David Malan: Malan scored an unbeaten 54 in the last match. His career average is now 54.6 from 12 innings, striking over 150. He has been a star performer in England’s T20I side, who notched up his T20I century against New Zealand last year. He is growing well in the shortest format of the game
- Imad Wasim: The former no.1 T20I bowler, Pakistan would want their strike bowler to dismantle the English top order early on in the powerplay. He has 42 T20I wickets to his name, just eight away from fifty T20I wickets. Imad has improved his batting since his return from injury in Oct 2018 which he showed some wonderful late hitting down the order. His all-round contribution will be important for Pakistan.
STATS AND TRIVIA:
- Mohammad Hafeez became the second Pakistan batsman after Shoaib Malik to score 2000 T20I runs.
- Shoaib Malik is 94 runs away from becoming the first non-West Indian to score 10,000 T20 runs.
- If England avoid defeat in this final contest, they will secure their sixth consecutive series victory in T20Is, dating back to the visit of India July 2018.
- Pakistan won 11 in a row between 2016 and 2018-19, during their rise to No.1 in the ICC rankings. Now, they are on the verge to lose their fourth series out of the last five if they lose tomorrow’s game.
“Before I became captain I didn’t feel that comfortable jumping up and down the order. But now it’s my decision I feel more at ease, say, slipping down to No. 6 and having Jos Buttler ahead of me than I would have beforehand.”
- Eoin Morgan believes he’s batting better than ever after his match-winning performance in the second T20I
“The total was good but we didn’t go well in the bowling, credit to Malan and Morgan the way they played. We’ll learn a lot, talking to the bowlers under pressure and I will try to learn from this.”
- Babar Azam reflects on Pakistan’s shortcomings in the second T20I