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- 2015-11-29 21:09:09
About the Match
England emerged victorious in the thrilling second T20 match of the series against Pakistan to clinch a series win 2-0; they will meet each other for the 3rd T20 match on 30th November at Sharjah. Although, a dead rubber, the match is important for Pakistan to bounce back and try to get a face-saving win here; they tried their best to chase down 173 runs in the last match but fell short by 3 runs. England will be eager to continue with their winning momentum and try to make it a 3-0 whitewash; it needs to be seen if they can succeed to do so against Pakistan, who are hungry to avenge their defeat on Monday.
Pakistan lost both the matches, failing to chase targets and they need to perform better with the bat to score a win here; while some batsmen like Ahmed Shehzad, Hafeez and Shoaib Malik tried to build the innings, they couldn’t steady the partnerships and fell easy prey both times.
Bowling unit showed good depth with Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir and Anwar Ali being the lead wicket-takers for them; WahabRiaz got a wicket each in both matches but he needs to contain the run-flow of the opponent. They definitely have great variety in their spin and pace attack but must bring out all their firepower in the upcoming match in order to stifle the English batsmen.
They came quite close to winning the last game but couldn’t pull through across the finish line; the series defeat would have demoralized the unit but they must stay positive and try to score a face-saving win here.
The batsmen put up a strong challenge for the Pakistani speedsters but couldn’t get past Shahid Afridi, who took 3 quick wickets to cause some worries; however, Vince and Buttler kept the scoreboard ticking to take the total to 172 runs. The bowlers led by Plunkett, who took 3-33, kept the pressure on the opposition and stifled them to win the match and take the series.
Woakes, Rashid and Parry were effective as they provided regular breakthroughs; overall, the bowling unit looks strong to continue with their wicket-taking abilities. In the previous match too, Plunkett and Topley demolished the Pakistani batting line-up, taking 3 wickets apiece and defended 161 with ease.
Vince has been in good form with the bat, showing consistency in run-scoring and coming out on top of crunch situations; Sam Billings also played brilliantly in the first match, posting 53 off just 25 deliveries. They will definitely try to come out all guns blazing in the upcoming match too.
While England is right on top at the moment with the series win, they must not be complacent here; Pakistan has a good mix of established batsmen and experienced bowlers, who can bring the team back to a dominating position if they can keep a cool head above their shoulders. Although the contest will have its ups and downs, we feel England will come through and win the match