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It took a long time to get an international T20 match going - half-a-dozen months to be precise, and weather played spoil-sport. The first match of the T20I series between England and Pakistan was washed out due to rain and became the third match to be affected by weather of this tournament. Much to fans' delight, there are almost zero chances of rain on Sunday, the day on which the second match of the series is to be played.
It was a well-fought battle in the first match of the series before rain intervened. Pakistan bowlers bade merry on a juicy surface before Tom Banton took control of the situation and launched the counter-attack on Pakistan's bowlers. It was all poised evenly. We expect the second match of the series to be equally well-fought with batsmen and bowlers both having a chance. The second match is to be played at the same venue as that of the first, that is at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester.
While the two teams played a test series against each other before coming into the T20s, the value gained from the experience in test cricket would be minimal. As compared to the test team, this English side will be entirely new. Having said that, it doesn't mean that the experience of lack thereof could be a factor here. Most of the members of this England side are from the team that won the World Cup and experience should be least of their concerns.
Going all-out right from the word go has worked wonders for England under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan in both limited-overs format of the game. With Tom Banton and Jonny Bairstow at the top, their opening looks settled. Bairstow may have failed to do anything of substance in the opening game, his exploits in the shortest format of the game are well-known. Tom Banton, not only has humongous amount of experience under his belt, but is also coming off a well-scored fifty in the opening match.
Apart from their opening combination, English batting appears to be a bit iffy. With Jason Roy absent due to injury, the onus will solely be on Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan to keep their side inflated, in case things go wrong. Joe Denly and Sam Billings haven't really done much at the international level in the shortest format of the game and are yet to prove themselves. England would have been an almost unbeatable side had the likes of Buttler and Stokes been there, but their absence definitely leaves some gaps, which may well be exploited by Pakistan's bowlers.
While of little significance as their previous matches were months ago, England's T20 team has been in fantastic form. They beat New Zealand and South Africa before the pandemic started and would love to carry on with the momentum. In addition to that, this England team has shown pretty good form since the start fo 2018, winning 12 of 17 matches they have played in total, most of them were albeit played with full-strength squad.
Considering their on-paper combination and how they did in the opening game, there are some wrinkles, which Morgan would like to iron out before moving in to play the second T20I. England's batting appeared to be a bit vulnerable in the middle-overs as apart from Tom Banton, none of its batsmen looked comfortable. Dawid Malan played a cameo of 23 but was found short of his crease before he could do much damage. However, they bat deep with Adil Rashid coming in at number ten and that could help them with their strategy of playing out an out aggressive cricket right through their batting of twenty overs. If any of England's batsmen click, it is going to be difficult for Pakistan to keep England quiet.
Tom Banton, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, AU Rashid, Saqib Mahmood.
Pakistan will still be ruing their lost opportunity of defeating England in the first match of the series. Had they managed to do so, they would have won the Test series and would have walked into the T20I series with their noses well in front. Not to be. With Pakistan flying back home after this series, they would want to cap this tour off with a win in the shortest format of the game. Although there are a few similarities between the team that played in test and the one that featured in the first ODI, with a new captain in-charge, there will be some sense of newness.
Babar Azam, Pakistan's captain in this series, doesn't have much experience of leading a side at international stage. Having said that, there will be no dearth of experience available to him when Pakistan takes on England in the upcoming competition. He'll likely have Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik, and Mohammad Amir at his disposal on the field. With those experience players, Pakistan's squad, without a doubt, is more experienced than that of England.
Not long ago, Pakistan used to be at the top of T20I rankings. However, a poor run of form in their last few matches has ensured that they lose their numero uno position. Pakistan have mostly been playing away from home in recent past and their record away from home is terrible. They appeared to be doing well against in the first match of the series, at least with the ball, before rain played spoil-sport.
All in all, Pakistan features a pace attack that certainly better than its English counterpart. However, considering the nature of the surface, batting well is going to be the key against this potent English lineup. Pakistan has some solid strikers of the ball and beating them is going to be a tough ask even for England, who are playing at home.
Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, SI Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi.
In the first match of the series, winning the toss and bowling first was a no-brainer decision. With the rain not likely to be around in the second match, taking a decision at the toss will get a little trickier. It is going to be an excellent surface to bat on and run on the board could be enough to put the chasing team under pressure. On the other hand, considering the dimensions of the ground and the nature of the surface, defending any total will be extremely hard here. For that reason, we think the captain winning the toss should field first.
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There has been a lot of rain in Manchester in the past few days, but much to everyone's delight, the sky has cleared up and rain is unlikely to have an impact in the second match. The surface at Old Trafford is one of the best surfaces to bat on in England and that was apparent in the opening match as well. With negligible chances of rain and a true surface, we expect a lot of runs to be scored here. The team batting first should be looking to put a total of at least 180 runs to feel comfortable defending.
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There is a stark contrast between the way the two teams are approaching this series. While Pakistan has buffed up their lineup with experienced players right throughout, England is banking on their young players. England's batting looked a little fragile in the first match and that could be the case in the second match as well. Pakistan has a superb bowling attack and with experience available in the batting department, we think they are more probable to emerge on top in the second match of the series.
Total - Over 315.5, 1.91 @ 1xBet
With the kind of surface it is likely to be and superb overhead conditions, a high-scoring match is certainly on the cards. Both sides have some remarkable hitters of the ball and as seen in the first match, keeping the run-rate high should not be a problem. Historically as well, this is a high-scoring venue and that as well as the other reasons stated above point to only one thing - a high-scoring match. Therefore, we expect the two teams together to score at least a total of 316, and that's all you'd need to make money on this one.
Top Batsman - Pakistan - Babar Azam, 2.5 @ 1xBet
Babar Azam is undoubtedly Pakistan's best batsmen. He was fantastic in last year's Vitality T20 Blast and outscored every other batsman. He has been England for quite a while now and acquainting with the conditions should be a non-issue for him. In fact, given the way he has done in recent years, it would not be too risky to even bet on him as the match's best batsman. However, we'll stick with the safer bet, which of course is Babar Azam to be the best batsman from the Pakistan camp.
How Many Runs Will Any Player Score - 50 or More - Yes - 1.2 @ 1xBet
It's likely to be a surface where batting will be easy and an outfield where batsmen will get value for their shots. The venue has a history of high-scoring matches and for that to happen again, which seems very likely, at least one batsman would have to play a big innings. As both teams are featuring some of the most talented T20I batsmen in the world, we expect at least one them to score a fifty and turn this investment into a profitable one. This is a pretty good bet for those who want to play risk-free.
Team Highest 1st Six Overs - England, 1.66 @ 10Cric
Over the last few years, England's strategy has been very clear - that is to start on the innings on fifth gear and score as many runs as possible when the field restrictions are there. They have a lineup that suits this kind of aggressive batting. Pakistan, on the other hand, are expected to be pretty orthodox, as far as pacing the innings is concerned. We, therefore, expect England to be ahead at the end of the powerplay, making this bet a profitable venture.
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