Date & Time: Sunday, August 30, 18:45 IST
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Well, it was quite a match on the other day at Manchester, where the rain gods had the final say. Both teams pulled momentum away from each other with their brilliance in the middle. Initially, it was all about Tom Banton’s masterclass with the bat and then, it was Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan, who made things tough for England. Just when the game was heading to its crucial stages, rain stole the show, hurting fans, especially, Pakistan fans.
Pakistan Cricket Team put on a magnificent bowling performance in the first game, but their bowlers could not keep Tom Banton under control. Banton smacked 71 runs off 42 deliveries, a knock that included four fours and five sixes. However, none of the other English batsmen could score more than 25 runs.
Yet again, all eyes will be on Tom Banton, who single-handedly kept the scoreboard ticking for the hosts in the first T20I. Although the first half of his innings was deemed sluggish, he took off after leg-spinner Shadab Khan was introduced following powerplay.
It is interesting to note that the Pakistan fast bowlers including Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, and Haris Rauf remained wicket-less in the first T20I. Spinners Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan took two wickets apiece, while Iftikhar Ahmed scalped one. Meanwhile, the batting line-up is yet to be tested against the England bowling attack, hence will not be altered much for the second T20I.
This match promises to be a thrilling clash provided the rain gods do not intervene at Old Trafford again. Thankfully, the weather forecast has no rain during the time of the match.
Wahab Riaz has a brilliant record in Manchester, but the Pakistan team management picked Haris Rauf, Mohammad Amir, and Shaheen Afridi as their three fast bowlers. There is a little chance that Riaz might make a comeback with Rauf being expensive in those three overs the last match. Since there have been no injury concerns in the English camp, it is unlikely that Eoin Morgan would change his playing XI.
Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood
Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf/Wahab Riaz
The second game also set to be played at the same venue, where the first game was played. In the first game, it looked tough for the batsmen to go with their shots, with pitch offering uneven bounce for the fast bowlers. As the game progressed, spinners also made an impact with turn and bounce. Once again, a similar pitch is expected for this contest. However, the good news is that there is no rain in the forecast for this game.
He failed to show his caliber on the other day but the flamboyant batsman has the required elements in him to make things fall in place. He possess superb stats in this format of the game and one of the few players, who can quickly change the context of the match.
The skipper of Pakistan has been consistent in this format for a long time. He is the top-ranked batsman in this game and looked very motivated to deliver big for his country under his own captaincy. Stats indicate that he is a must-have pick for this game.
He might have failed to make the most of his start on the other day but Dawid Malan has to be in your team, as per the stats. Malan has the capacity to make things happen for his side and also carries exceptional stats when it comes to recent form. Thus, we went with him.
The experienced all-rounder has been exceptional in the last five games for his side. After clearing his bowling action, Hafeez has become a brilliant addition for any side. He carries 54.5 PPM in the last five games, which shows his form.
The skipper of England is always a player, who can turn things with ease. His brilliant strokeplay and ability to play quick runs make him a perfect candidate to be in this section. Besides that, he has got good stats against Pakistan in this format of the game.
The young leg-spinner has grown a lot in the last couple of years when it come to this format of the game. He is picking wickets on a regular basis and his batting is a big plus, to make things happen for his side. Besides that, he had a stunning Pakistan Super League.
It’s unfortunate to miss such a star player in the team but the lethal bowler has lost his form in the last few matches, which is why we opted him out.