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In an action-packed series where seemingly no ball passes without a big shot attempted, we reach the decider which also promises plenty. The action – particularly Liam Livingstone’s humongous six – has been as hot as the Manchester weather in recent times.
And with two sides looking to prove a point ahead of the T20 World Cup, we could be in for another match full of talking points.
England flexed their muscle to bounce back after their first up defeat, with the spinners leading the way to dismantle Pakistan’s capable but unpredictable batting lineup. July 19 was the UK’s Freedom Day, which is particularly relevant to the England cricket team who have scored 200+ twice this series without even batting their full 20 overs. With England’s top four looking to cause maximum damage up front, followed by the outstanding Livingstone, Pakistan will be braced for another tough outing in the field.
So, to give themselves the best chance to compete, Pakistan’s batting must produce the kind of performance they did in the first T20I. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan remain central to Pakistan’s hopes, with the likes of the capable Sohaib Maqsood, Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez to follow. And, of course, the Pakistani bowlers will have to be at their bullseye best to limit the English batting lineup.
All-in-all, the perfect test ahead of a big T20 tournament coming up.
Key Players to Watch/Key Stats
- Jos Buttler came back with a bang, scoring a 39-ball 59, which was his first fifty in seven T20Is vs Pakistan. Also, Buttler has played plenty of T20 cricket at Old Trafford, with 536 runs in 20 matches at a superb average and strike rate of 41.23 and 142.55 respectively.
- Dawid Malan has had a poor series to date (scores of 1 and 1). The number one T20I batsman has never gone three consecutive innings without at least a 20+ score. He usually bounces back well after a couple of low scores.
- Jason Roy is striking at an unbelievable 247.05 this series. However, he has faced just 17 balls. One feels that a big score is on the way if he can at least bat the powerplay.
- Liam Livingstone has been out of this world in this series. His 141 runs this series have come at a strike rate of 213.63. Also, Livingstone has plenty of T20 experience at Old Trafford, with 863 runs in 30 matches at an average of 33.19 and strike rate of 149.31.
- When Moeen Ali bats in the top four, he usually performs quite well. He is coming off a man-of-the-match performance in the second T20I after scoring 36 (16) and taking 2/32.
- Saqib Mahmood continues to take wickets. He is coming off 3/33 in the last game, part of 24 wickets in 11 all T20s in 2021. A superb record.
- Both Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan started quite well in the second T20I, before getting out for 22 and 37 respectively. Babar has scored three half-centuries in five T20Is vs England, including one at Old Trafford.
- Mohammad Hafeez loves batting in T20Is at Old Trafford. Last year, Hafeez slammed 155 runs in three T20Is at a superb strike rate of 176.13, and was dismissed just once.
- Pakistan fans are waiting for Sohaib Maqsood to play the big innings in internationals after a strong PSL campaign where he scored 428 runs at a strike rate of 156.77.
- Shaheen Shah Afridi’s economy rate of 8.09 is some effort in such a high-scoring series. And, he has four wickets to go with that. Once again, he will be a key bowler for Pakistan.
- Mohammad Hasnain and Shadab Khan also have four wickets to their name this series, including a three-wicket haul for each. They are both on the expensive side, but wickets are key for Pakistan to try halt England’s momentum.
Stats and Facts
- Head-to-head: Matches 20, England 13, Pakistan 6, NR 1.
- England have won four of seven completed T20Is at Old Trafford.
- England have not lost a T20I series at home since 2018 vs India.
- Eoin Morgan is set to return today. He has the most runs in ENG-PAK T20Is (406, avg. 36.90, SR 137.16).
Possible Playing 11
With Eoin Morgan likely to return, England have a decision to make regarding who misses out. With Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone superb in their positions so far, either Jason Roy or Jonny Bairstow could miss out. Also, England could look at rotation in their bowling department, with someone like Lewis Gregory coming in.
England: 1. Jason Roy/Jonny Bairstow, 2. Jos Buttler (wk), 3. Dawid Malan, 4. Moeen Ali, 5. Liam Livingstone, 6. Eoin Morgan (c), 7. Lewis Gregory/Tom Curran, 8. David Willey, 9. Chris Jordan, 10. Adil Rashid, 11. Saqib Mahmood
Pakistan could look at the same XI in their quest to win the series.
Pakistan: 1. Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 2. Babar Azam (c), 3. Fakhar Zaman, 4. Sohaib Maqsood, 5. Mohammad Hafeez, 6. Azam Khan, 7. Shadab Khan, 8. Imad Wasim, 9. Haris Rauf, 10. Mohammad Hasnain, 11. Shaheen Shah Afridi
Old Trafford Manchester Pitch Report and Weather
The highest score on this ground in the Vitality Blast this season is 172. So, bowlers have had more of a say in Manchester, which could provide the bowlers here with some hope. However, Old Trafford is usually a fine batting pitch, and with the talent on display, one can expect a high-scoring match.
The team batting first has won eight of the past nine T20Is on this ground. Conditions have been very warm in Manchester in recent times, and more of the same is forecast here. No rain is expected.
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This promises to be a beauty. Batting first has proven to be gold in this series, and on a ground that favours setting a score, anything in the region of 200 will be a tough chase.
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