Date: August 30, 2020
Timing: 2:15 pm local time, 6:15 pm PKT
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Weather: Currently, it’s raining in Manchester. However, tomorrow’s weather is more promising.
Conditions / Pitch Report: With persistent rain over the week, the conditions will be damp and it will be a slow outfield once again.
HEAD TO HEAD:
Matches: 16 | England: 10 | Pakistan: 4 | Tied: 1 | No Result: 1
England: NR W W L T(W) (completed matches, most recent first)
Pakistan: NR W W L L
If Tom Banton, who scored his maiden half-century in T20I, had been caught, England would have been 59-6. Banton was the highest scorer with 71. However, he was dropped by Iftikhar Ahmed at slips on 5. Apart from Banton, England managed only 54 runs and lost five wickets. This also includes the spell where England lost 14 runs for 4 wickets in space of 19 balls before the rain interrupted, eventually abandoning the match. Eoin Morgan and his men will be vary of and will be looking to improve. All wickets were taken by spinners of course.
ENGLAND PROBABLE XI:
It’s unlikely that there will be any changes for the host sides despite that late order collapse.
1. Tom Banton, 2. Jonny Bairstow (wk), 3. David Malan, 4. Eoin Morgan (C), 5. Sam Billings, 6. Moeen Ali, 7. Lewis Gregory, 8. Adil Rashid, 9. Tom Curran, 10. Chris Jordan, 11. Saqib Mahmood
Pakistan began well with Imad showing why he is excellent opening at powerplays. He dismissed Jonny Bairstow with a sharp catch. Pakistan would have had England 59-6 had Iftikhar would have caught Banton at slips. Such minor steps are necessary to be noted. After being trashed by Banton, both spinners Imad and Shadab, who recently became the seventh Pakistan bolwer to take 50 T20I wickets, triggered England collapse which saw them loosing 14 runs for 4 wickets in space of 19 balls before the rain interrupted, eventually abandoning the match.
As for fast bowlers, all went under 7 with an exception of Haris Rauf, who conceded 32 runs in three overs he bowled. Despite that, Pakistan will unlikely to make changes to their side.
PAKISTAN PROBABLE XI:
It’s unlikely that there will be any changes for the visitor’s side.
1. Babar Azam (c), 2. Fakhar Zaman, 3. Mohammad Hafeez, 4. Shoaib Malik, 5. Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 6. Iftikhar Ahmed, 7. Imad Wasim, 8. Shadab Khan, 9. Mohammad Amir, 10. Haris Rauf, 11. Shaheen Afridi
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
- Eoin Morgan: Since September 2019, the captain of England’s white-ball team is the leading run-scorer in both T20Is and ODIs for his side. He scored 328 runs at an average of 54.66 with a brilliant strike-rate of 183 in eight innings he batted in which England have won four of them. The last time Pakistan played a T20I against England, Morgan scored a match-winning 57* in a seven wickets victory. Pakistan will vary from Morgan’s threat.
- 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 was criticized for his leadership in 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.
- Chris Jordan: He may have an economy of 8 and over, but Jordan can be a difficult bowler to hit when he is on fire. He delivers yorker perfectly and Pakistan batsmen may find some difficulties taking him on. He has taken 58 T20I wickets, the second-most by English bowler. He can also bat, which Pakistan be varied of his late hitting.
- 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 is eight runs away from 2000 T20I runs. He will become the second Pakistan batsman after Shoaib Malik to achieve this feat.
- Shoaib Malik is 108 runs away from becoming the first non-West Indian to score 10,000 T20 runs.
- Shadab Khan became the seventh Pakistan bowler to take 50 T20I wickets after he dismissed Moeen Ali in the first T20I.
- Tom Banton became the youngest English batsman to score a T20I fifty when he scored 71 in the first T20I.
“When the white-ball side is at full strength I’m probably not going to break into it. I am just going to keep trying to score runs and put other guys under pressure and we’ll see how it goes from there. I don’t want to look too far ahead as there is a lot of cricket to be played. It’s one innings, I could go duck, duck the next two.”
- Tom Banton on his innings in the first T20I.
“There is Shoaib, there is Hafeez. And then if you look at the bowling, there is Shaheen Shah and Wahab Riaz. There is Mohammad Amir and Haris Rauf. There is a good mix of seniors and juniors. So I’m hopeful that we can win the series.”
- Babar Azam on believing that Pakistan’s mix of experience and youth in the squad will help win the series.