England vs Pakistan, 2020: 3rd T20I – Who will win the Match? Best Betting Odds
The third and final T20I of the three-match series between England and Pakistan will be played at the Old Trafford in Manchester. This match starts at 10:30 PM IST (6 PM local time). It will be live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD and live streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
Pakistan’s long tour of England is set to end with the third and final T20I against England on Tuesday. The visitors are yet to win even a single game on the tour which has been affected by rain mostly. Rain had the final say in two Test matches and the first T20I and Pakistan ended up losing in other two matches effectively falling behind in the series.
The third T20I presents them with a decent chance to pull one back and end the series on a high. But it is not easy at all for them given the way England chased down 196 the other day. The likes of Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan, Tom Banton and Jonny Bairstow are in excellent form. But England’s bowling is a bit of a worry and they might look to give a chance to the benched players in this match.
The second T20I proved that the pitch is excellent to bat on at the Old Trafford. But this match will start in the evening much like the series opener when England struggled while batting first.
Average first innings score: 195 (In only completed match in the series)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 1; Lost – 0
Probable Playing XIs
Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Imad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir/Mohammad Hasnain/Wahab Riaz.
Bench – Mohammad Amir/Mohammad Hasnain/Wahab Riaz, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Naseem Shah, Khushdil Shah, Haider Ali
Tom Banton, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (C), Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Saqib Mahmood/David Willey.
Bench – Joe Denly, Saqib Mahmood/David Willey
Expected Top Players
England skipper Eoin Morgan has been in great form in the white-ball cricket for quite some time now. He played great knocks in the ODI series against Ireland too and returned with a 33-ball 66 in the second T20I. Expect him to play well again.
Babar Azam scored a 44-ball 56 opening the innings for Pakistan and led from the front. But in the context of the game, his knock came under the scanner and many felt that he should’ve accelerated a bit. He is likely to come up with yet another brilliant effort with the bat.
Shoaib Malik is being criticised a lot for his poor form. But he is a veteran and knows his role exactly. With the team in a must-win situation to save the series, expect Malik to step up and perform.
Our Betting Tips
Pakistan were at the top of the T20I rankings for a long time and it was due to their strong bowling effort. They need a bit of experience in their attack to curb England’s run-scoring. They are likely to put their best foot forward in this game and end the tour on a high finally with a win.
Our Prediction: Pakistan are expected to win this match.
England vs Pakistan, 2020: 2nd Test – Who will win the Match? Best Betting Odds
The second of the three-match Test series between England and Pakistan will be played at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. This match starts at 11:00 AM local time (03:30 PM IST) (10:00 AM UTC). It will be live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD and can be streamed live on SonyLIV.
Extraordinary things are bound to happen during an English summer. And the fans witnessed the same in the first Test between England and Pakistan. The hosts chased down 277 after struggling at 117/5 thanks to Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler. Pakistan were left ruing the missed opportunity to take an early lead in the series.
However, England have been dealt with a huge blow as Ben Stokes has withdrawn from the last two Tests. They have included Ollie Robinson in the 14-man squad and Zak Crawley is likely to replace Stokes in the XI. Also, the home side is likely to rest one of the pacers, of course not Woakes, and hand a debut to Robinson. Pakistan, on the other hand, will be looking to repeat what they did in the series opener and close out the game this time around.
The overcast conditions are likely to welcome both the teams in this match. Batting won’t be an easy task over the next five days and the team winning the toss is expected to bowl first. England opted to bat last time around and ended up losing the Test.
Average first innings score: 300 (4 Tests played at the venue)
Probable Playing XIs
Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Root (c), Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson/Sam Curran.
Shan Masood, Abid Ali/Fawad Alam, Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah
Expected Top Players
Chris Woakes’ batting abilities are just a bonus for England. He is a brilliant bowler and picked up four crucial wickets in the previous game. Moreover, in Stokes’ absence, his batting at seven will be important for the home team.
Babar Azam averages close to 45 in 27 Tests and looked elegant during his 69-run knock in the first innings of the previous Test. He will be key for Pakistan if they are to make a comeback and level the series.
Stuart Broad seems to be in the form of his life. He is bowling superbly and has picked 22 wickets in last three Tests with six of them coming in the previous game. The pacer was dropped from the XI against West Indies at the same venue and he will be itching to continue his golden run.
Our Betting Tips
England are leading in the series but Stokes withdrawing has left Joe Root alone to handle the brittle batting line-up. He is not in great form himself and the lower-order won’t come to the rescue every time. Pakistan have a brilliant bowling attack and they will be looking to get the job done this time around. Their batsmen are in decent form compared to that of England.
Our Prediction: Pakistan are expected to win this Test.