Date & Time: Friday, August 28, 22:30 IST
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, England
English summer moves into the T20 format after an enticing Test and One Day Cricket. The 3-match T20I series offers both sides a much needed time to test few players for the T20 World Cup which is postponed to 2021 from 2020. The packed test series schedule made England rest key players like Chris Woakes, Jos Buttler, and Jofra Archer. For Pakistan, there are as many 6 players from the Test squad which will be a challenge for these players to manage the workload.
David Malan, Babar Azam are the top picks in the batting section with a PPM of 63 & 51 respectively. Johnny Bairstow and Mohammad Hafeez are also worthy picks with a PPM in the early ’40s in the format. Shadab Khan is a top pick in the all-rounder section in this contest. Chris Jordan and Shaheen Afridi are must-haves in the bowling section with a PPM of almost 40.
Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Joe Denly, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid.
Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Iftikhar Ahmed/ Haider Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Manchester traditionally is a high scoring venue in the format with average scores hovering above 160s’. Spinners had much-success than pacers at the venue. Although with the rain around in Manchester in the past few days expect some dampness which might lead to tricky conditions for the batsmen.
Whatever the format might be, he is the batsman for Pakistan in recent times. In the T20 format he is not just Pakistan’s top batsman but also in the world at the moment. Given his good form in the recently concluded test series, we expect nothing out of ordinary.
He has always been overshadowed by the likes of Bairstow, Butler, and Roy. But he is right up there with those guys in the format and if there is anything to go by, his stats in the format is much better than the other players. This series is likely to be the key moment of his career to make a spot of his own in the format. He has a PPM of 63 and an MDTA of 1.57 in the format.
In the Test Series, his role with the ball may have been limited but in the shorter format, he is the key for Pakistan. Adding to it, he is also a handy batsman down the order. Given the surface traditionally offers enough for spinners we expect him to exploit to his advantage. He has a PPM of almost 40 and an MDTA of 1.55 in the format.
He is the spearhead of the bowling attack at the moment for England in the format. He has a wealth of experience playing across the top leagues for England. Given he operates in crucial phases of an innings we expect him to be among the wickets in this series.
You never know what to expect of him given his all-round role in the team and his inconsistency. He can be handy with the ball than with the bat in the format. He usually becomes the attacking option for the opposition batsmen, which is likely to bring him opportunities to pick wickets.