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Rain and then bad-light have conspired to rob us of almost 90 overs of possible play in the first two days alone. Unfortunately, the forecast is not too much better and it looks like we may be heading towards a draw.
Day 2 saw some resolute batting from Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and some more steel shown from the Pakistani tail-enders than what we saw in the first test. Pakistan is currently on 223 for 9 with Rizwan still at the crease.
We believe this is a pretty decent score already but it could be fantastic if Pakistan can somehow reach 250 then that will be very good indeed. The English bowlers were perhaps a bit unlucky considering the amount of movement they were getting off the surface.
Sam Curran was a bit underwhelming and was easily the least effective of all the bowlers.
Let us start with the most important aspect of this test: the weather. A lot of rain is predicted for the third day as well as the two to follow. The prospects of a draw are becoming more and more likely.
If you have bet on one of the teams winning this match then hope for a brief collapse to get some better odds and then hedge when you can.
That being said, a Pakistani win is not out of the question yet. Their bowlers are going to be handful on this surface and under helpful conditions. The English batting is vulnerable and without Stokes, we could see a collapse.
We just hope that we get enough time on the park to see some quality cricket being played out.
We have a feeling that England’s first inning is going to be pretty eventful, whenever it gets underway. The ball has swung appreciably and there is a lot of bounce in the surface as well. The English top-order could find it very tough to score against a quality Pakistan attack.
This is why we think Jos Buttler may have a very good chance of actually getting the top-score in this inning. At the rate he is being offered and the form he showed in the previous match, we think that is a very good combination.
This is a risky bet for sure but one that is worth a punt.
England lost the toss and put down a number of chances but still found itself in the driving seat at the end of Day 1. Pakistan is 126 for 5 after only 45.4 overs were possible on Day 1. There is plenty more rain forecast for the rest of the test and so stoppages are going to be a regular feature.
James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, and Sam Curran all bowled beautifully as they all picked up wickets. We think Sam Curran has a good chance of picking up some lower-order batsmen with his incoming deliveries.
Pakistan’s batting was quite poor. Abid Ali scored a fifty but most of his runs came from edges. He was also dropped twice. Babar Azam is at the crease with 25 to his name with Mohammad Rizwan for company. There is nothing much to follow after that and so everything depends on this partnership for Pakistan.
The conditions are expected to be overcast and we don’t think Pakistan is going to be able to last too long. Babar Azam is the obvious big fish here. He has shown the ability to bat with the tail in the past and Pakistan must hope for another such inning. He could also benefit from being allowed to take singles freely once the tail comes in to bat.
Mohammad Rizwan does not look comfortable in these conditions and we are not banking on him to hang around for too long.
England’s bowlers are going to be fresh and we are sure that the management would be worrying about the batting at this stage of the game as well. If Pakistan can get somewhere close to 200 or 220, the game is still very much on.
We think this is one of those times when the market makes a mistake and so you can really capitalize. The presence of Babar Azam at the crease has made the market overestimate what Pakistan is capable of getting. Pakistan is at 126 right now and basically has Yasir Shah to follow with a bunch of number 11’s after him.
We think Pakistan could struggle to get 200-210 on this surface.
We think you can go big on this one and come away with some handsome rewards.
This is another good bet but a bit riskier. Babar Azam is a world-class batsman and he can score very quickly. However, he has not looked at ease in the match so far and we think he could get out in an attempt to push the scoring. The odds are strongly in favor of you winning this bet and we think the price is being offered is very good.
Take this opportunity to build up your balance.
Test cricket is never as exciting when two imperfect teams are playing each other in balanced conditions. This is exactly what we saw in the first test between England and Pakistan. Somehow, England managed to win a match that it should have never even been able to come close in. Pakistan does not have much time to dwell on the missed opportunities, though, and must remember that they dominated for most of the first match.
The second and third test matches are going to be played in Southampton, a venue where England lost to the West Indies just a few weeks ago.
England is going to be without Ben Stokes for the remainder of the series and that affects the balance of the team. Pakistan’s skipper is under tremendous pressure and will need to fire in upcoming matches otherwise his head could be on the line.
Pakistan has only come back from 1-0 down twice in the past in England. Can it repeat the same this time around?
England vs Pakistan 2nd Test Match 2020 is going to be be played at the Rose Bowl, Southampton starting on the 13th of August 2020.
England’s opening pair at the moment are Dominic Sibley and Rory Burns. Neither of them looked comfortable against the swing that the Pakistani bowlers have been able to generate. Shan Masood, on the other hand, is on a three-match century scoring streak and Abid Ali has been quite solid also.
This could be a good punt to make.
Not a single hundred was hit in the England vs West Indies 1st test at Southampton just a few weeks back but that should not deter you. Southampton is traditionally a bat-first pitch that starts to take spin as the match goes on. Both England and Pakistan have enough quality batsmen in the side to help win this bet.
Aggressive fields, hard new ball, swinging deliveries which take edges all make this a very interesting bet indeed. The batsmen are going to hell-bent on defense but we know that the Pakistani bowlers like to attack the stumps. A couple of boundaries is all that is going to take for you to win this bet.
One of our favorite bets out there.
Is there anything that this England team cannot do? We talk of victories from difficult positions and England has made it a habit in recent years. The win against Pakistan in the first test was one of the best fourth inning comebacks in history and England is going to be relieved to not be 1-0 down in yet another series.
However, that brilliant partnership between Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes does not hide their faults. The bowling was not as good as Pakistan’s for the most part. James Anderson and Jofra Archer, in particular, looked very pedestrian. We think there is room for change here and Archer could be rested in place of Ollie Robinson.
We ideally would like to see James Anderson rested too in place of Sam Curran but whether that happens or not we will have to wait and see.
England’s top-order is vulnerable and will now be without Ben Stokes for the rest of the series. Dan Lawrence, one of the reserve batsmen, has also had to leave the squad for personal reasons. This means we are going to see Zak Crawley back in the mix and Joe Root slide down to number four.
England’s batting was already weak but without Stokes, it looks quite dicey. Buttler and Woakes pulled England out of trouble in the previous match but such partnerships are rare against a quality attack like Pakistan’s.
Dominic Bess has been an afterthought in the matches he has played so far and that needs to change. Amar Virdi is waiting in the wings to put pressure on Bess if he does not get his act together very soon.
Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, JE Root, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, CR Woakes, Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
A perfect start to the tour of England was right in front of Pakistan but they could not get over the final hurdle. That match is not going to come back, though, so there is no point dwelling on it. Can Pakistan get into another such strong position? Was its team selection correct? Are there any weaknesses that became apparent in the first match?
Pakistan has an excellent bowling attack and that is not going to change overnight. Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, and Yasir Shah all had a very good match. Naseem Shah bowled well in patches but lacked the subtlety that his teammates posses.
Shadab Khan did not bowl enough but he is the team’s fifth bowler so he cannot complain too much.
We don’t think Pakistan is going to change its bowling attack for this match.
This set of bowlers got it to the brink of victory and we are almost 100% sure that Pakistan will keep faith with the same players.
The batting is a big concern for Pakistan. Shan Masood and Babar Azam played brilliantly in the first inning of the first test to put England under pressure. Both got out cheaply in the second inning. We are a bit concerned about Babar Azam. He is a class player, no doubt, but he just seems to be caught up in the hype around Big-4, Big-5, and others.
He needs to play his natural game and he will find success once more.
Pakistan’s batting is quite prone to collapses. Shadab Khan is batting way too high at number seven, Mohammad Rizwan does not seem comfortable in the English conditions, and Azhar Ali is going through a terrible patch of form.
That leaves Masood, Azam, and Shafiq to score the bulk of the runs.
Pakistan’s bowling is not in question but its batting needs to step up if it has to convert strong positions into a win.
Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah.
The team that wins the toss is going to want to bat first unless the conditions are very overcast. We don't think winning the toss is going to be a very big advantage in this match.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
The weather forecast for this match is not very good. There is a lot of rain predicted on almost all days of the test and so we could have plenty of waiting around to do. There has not been a draw yet in this English international season but the weather may force us close to one.
The pitch at Southampton will have a little something in the pitch first up but generally takes spin later. Batting first seems to be the right thing to do but the captain might be as happy losing the toss in this match as well.
Dream11 team and Dream 11 tips for England vs Pakistan 2nd Test 2020. We are more bullish on Joe Root and Asad Shafiq in this match than in the previous one. Both of them are quality players with a point to prove. We think Sam Curran could get a game and so keep an eye out for that. Chris Woakes and Yasir Shah are a steal at current values.
Updated: We have picked Fawad Alam in place of Rory Burns and gone with the fast bowlers as our Vice-Captain and Captain picks.
Two vulnerable batting lineups are taking on each other. Interestingly, both teams also have a pretty good bowling attack. Take emotion out of the previous match and you will see that Pakistan was the better team. All those strengths of the Pakistan team remain intact while England is going to be without its best batsman, best fielder, and an effective wicket-taker.
It is worth taking the punt on Pakistan again. Opportunities to hedge will come and try to capitalize on them as well.
Bet on Pakistan to win. ($3.90) (ComeOn)
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