PAK vs ENG Match Preview England Tour of Pakistan 6th T20:
Pakistan and England played three matches against each other in this seven-match T20I series so far where England won two matches and is currently leading the series by 2-1. In the third T20I match, England beat Pakistan by 63 runs. In that game, Pakistan won the toss and decided to field first. Coming to bat, England put a huge total of 221 runs on the board, Ben Duckett and Harry Brook smashed 70 runs and 81 runs respectively for the team. Usman Qadir grabbed 2 wickets for Pakistan.
Coming to chase, Pakistan failed to chase down the target and managed to add 158 runs on the board, Shan Masood scored a fighting 65 for them. Mark Wood hunted 3 wickets for England.
The home side will be pleased with their performance in the previous game against England. Despite pulling off a close win, the team management will be concerned over the lack of acceleration from the likes of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. On the batting front, the visiting team will be relying on the likes of Captain Babar Azam, wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali and Mohammad Nawaz to score the bulk of the runs.
In the previous game, wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan continued his rich vein of form against England. The 30-year-old played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top score of 88 runs off 67 balls with the help of nine fours and one six. He was well supported by Captain Babar Azam, who chipped in with 36 runs off 28 balls. Power-hitter Asif Ali played a brisk inning of 13 runs at the back end of the innings to help Pakistan post a competitive score of 166 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
On the bowling front, the onus will be once again on the pace trio of Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Wasim Jr. to provide timely breakthroughs. In the previous game, Haris Rauf had a fantastic outing with the ball in hand and claimed 3 for 32 in his four overs. Besides Rauf, pacer Mohammad Hasnain put in an excellent performance and finished with figures of 3 for 35 in his four overs.
Pakistan Predicted Playing XI:
Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Asif Ali, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Wasim Jr
Moeen Al-led England will rue the fact that they should have won the previous game against Pakistan.The splendid performances of players like Harry Brook, Ben Duckett, Moeen Ali and Liam Dawson saw England nearly pull off an incredible chase against Pakistan. In the batting department, the hosts will be relying on the likes of openers Alex Hales, Phil Salt, Will Jacks, Harry Brook, Ben Duckett and all-rounder Moeen Ali to score the bulk of the runs.
In the previous match, Liam Dawson smashed a quick-fire 34 off 17 balls with the help of five fours and one six. Besides Dawson, Harry Brook scored 34 runs off 29 balls, whereas Ben Duckett chipped in with 33 runs off 24 balls. On the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of Reece Topley, Olly Stone, David Willey, Adil Rashid and Liam Dawson to produce timely breakthroughs.
England Predicted Playing XI:
Alex Hales, Philip Salt (wk), Will Jacks, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali (c), David Willey, Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid, Olly Stone, Reece Topley
The surface at the National Stadium is a highway track where runs are scored with ease and the batters will be hoping to make merry on this wicket and expect yet another high-scoring encounter with a score in excess of 200. However, after what happened in the last game, both teams might revisit their strategies and look to defend totals. Therefore, the captain winning the toss would be looking to bat first.