Fantasy Cricket: England vs Pakistan T20I I Preview

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CRICKET - ENG vs PAK T20I I

The rain-affected series ended 1-0 in favour of England. However, Pakistan will hope that the change of format suits them. The two teams moved to Manchester for the three-match T20I series. The first one will be played on Friday as a day/night match.

England have a completely different outfit compared to the Tests. Eoin Morgan’s side will hope that they can pick up some momentum. With the Australian side in town for the white-ball series next, England will look for continuity. Ranked second in the world, England would be keen to start on a positive note. Pakistan, however, have a tailor-made squad to spoil the party.

England Preview

Jason Roy is ruled out with a side strain, which means Dawid Malan could be set for another opportunity. The Southpaw has 469 runs in 10 T20Is with an average of 52.11 and SR of 153.77 with 5×50 and 1×100. Those are insane numbers and should give him a chance.

England have some solid options like Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, and Sam Billings to choose from. The likes of David Willey and Adil Rashid give them a solid option with the ball and could be interesting picks for your fantasy side.

Pakistan Preview

Mohammad Rizwan had a stellar Test series and could pip former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to the playing XI. Captain Babar Azam is the best ranked T20I batsman and has 1,471 runs in 38 T20Is (Avg. 50.72, SR 128.13). He remains an attractive proposition for your fantasy team.

The experienced Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, and Mohammad Amir give you good selection headaches. With the ball, the likes of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz will look to make their presence count and offer good fantasy choices.

Fantasy Players to Watch

David Willey has 34 wickets in 28 T20Is and is a great executioner with the new ball. He has 10 wickets from his last eight matches, including six from his last three.

Shadab Khan is a decent all-rounder for Pakistan with 48 wickets from 40 matches, but his recent form in PSL 2020 was magical. He had 263 runs (Avg. 37.57, SR 159.39) and eight wickets.

Jonny Bairstow lost his Test place and will look for T20 success to show that he’s still got it in him. His runs at the top are a bonus and give great options for your fantasy side.

Predicted XIs

England: 1 Tom Banton 2 Jonny Bairstow (WK) 3 Dawid Malan 4 Eoin Morgan (C) 5 Sam Billings 6 Moeen Ali 7 Tom Curran 8 David Willey 9 Chris Jordan 10 Adil Rashid 11 Saqib Mahmood

Pakistan: 1 Babar Azam (C) 2 Fakhar Zaman 3 Shadab Khan 4 Mohammad Hafeez 5 Shoaib Malik 6 Mohammad Rizwan (WK) 7 Iftikhar Ahmed 8 Imad Wasim 9 Mohammad Amir 10 Wahab Riaz 11 Shaheen Afridi

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