Date & Time: Tuesday, September 01, 22:30 IST
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, England
And, here comes the final game of the Pakistan Tour To England. The tour, which has seen some memorable knocks and spells, is ready to put fans on edge of their seats in the last game at Manchester. Apart from that, the third and final T20I also holds a special importance, as the series is at stake for both sides.
The visitors posted 195/4 on the board riding on half-centuries from captain Babar Azam and Mohammed Hafeez. However, their bowlers could not keep a check on the run flow in the second innings as Eoin Morgan’s 33-ball 66 drove the English team home in the final over.
They will have to make do without Mohammad Amir, who bowled only two overs in the previous game. With the likes of Mohammad Hasnain and Wahab Riaz waiting in the wings, Pakistan look well-equipped to take on the English, who will be eyeing another series win in the limited-overs format. The Eoin Morgan-led side now leads 1-0 as the series opener was washed out.
Meanwhile, Pakistan will aim to salvage some pride by winning the third T20I after showing an ordinary performance with the ball in the previous one. All in all, both teams will go all out for a win and will look to end the series on the right note on Tuesday.
On previous night when both teams were playing 2nd T20I, Amir looked very uncomfortable with his bowling, owing to hamstring injury. With a lot of options in the store like Wahab Riaz, Naseem Shah and Mohammad Hasnain, Pakistan have no concerns whatsoever in terms of replacements. Another change that could happen for this game might Iftikhar Ahmed. They might give in a look to Haider Ali.
On the other hand, England might bring Dawid Willey into scheme of things with Saqib Mohammad showing poor performance on the other day.
Tom Banton, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings (wk), Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, David Willey/Saqib Mohammad
Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain/Wahab Riaz, Haris Rauf.
With similar Pitch set to be used for the final game of the series, one can expect another good show from the batsmen to make it a high-scoring clash. Both teams have got star players to make things happen for their respective teams. However, the last game has witnessed, spinners coming into play, which pitch assisting something for them. The weather should be a worry in this game with both sides looking to chase upon winning the toss.
Without any further conditions, Babar Azam has to be on your team at any cost. The stylish batsman has continued his glorious form with the bat by scoring a half-century. Being the skipper of the team, he has the burden to perform well and also got exceptional stats to stay in must-have’s list.
For England, it is Jonny Bairstow, who has always been exceptional in this format of the game. The hard-hitting batsman can quickly change the complexion of the game and also carries brilliant stats with him to enter your fantasy XI straightaway.
The stylish southpaw in on top of his batting form. He is clearing the boundary ropes with ease and on a consistent basis. Morgan delivered a man-of-the-match performance in the last game and we expect him to deliver again. Stats also say Eoin Morgan a must-have player for this contest.
Guess what, Hafeez is carrying 71 PPM with him in the last five games and an overall PPM of 44 in this format of the game. He is in top-notch form and expected to bowl today, after Iftikhar Ahmed failing to deliver. Hafeez already showed his class in the last game.
The young hard-hitting opening batsman is our big bet for this game. He has the talent to make things happen and has the ability to play big shots on a consistent basis. Adding to that, Banton already proved his mettle in the first game.
The opener of Pakistan is our second big bet for this game. Looking at his fluency in the last game, he seems to be in fine touch and always carried himself pretty well with the bat in England conditions. Thus, we opted for him.
The last few games of Moeen Ali didn’t go well either with ball or bat. He is finding it tough to make a comeback into his zone despite getting the opportunities on a regular basis. Thus, we considered him in fewer teams compared to the rest of the players.