It was the Manchester rain that stopped Pakistan from upsetting hosts England on Friday in the first T20I. At 131/6 in 16.1 overs, England were looking lost for inspiration. With spin set to play a key role once again, the visitors will hope to pick up a crucial win.
England’s age-old collapses returned to haunt them, as they lost four wickets for just 14 runs off 19 balls in the first match. Pakistan’s spin resources will prove to be a challenge and promise to provide us good entertainment.
Tom Banton enjoyed the first match and celebrated an early life with his maiden T20I fifty. Jason Roy’s absence could work to his advantage and will be a crucial player for England. Ditto with captain Eoin Morgan who averages 39.25 against Pakistan.
Given a chance, Chris Jordan will be England’s spearhead with the ball. His numbers in the last 12 completed T20Is picture a strong record – eight 2+ wicket-hauls. Another name that comes into strong consideration for your fantasy side is Adil Rashid.
The visitors enjoyed the spin conditions in Manchester, thanks to the double act of Shadab Khan (2/33) and Imad Wasim (2/31). The spinners once again are strong contenders to be part of your fantasy side.
Mohammad Rizwan had an excellent game behind the stumps which means he could be a strong pick. Captain Babar Azam once again is a definite pick for his consistency. Veterans Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik also remain good picks for your side.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Babar Azam has always remained a consistent performer for Pakistan. He has only six single-digit scores in 38 innings and will be a good fantasy pick.
Shadab Khan has proved his bowling mettle with two wickets in the first match and will remain a strong chance to repeat the dose.
Dawid Malan is England’s Mr. Consistent in T20Is with 492 runs in just 11 T20Is (Avg. 49.20, SR 150.00) and has 5×50, 1×100.
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 Lewis Gregory 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 Haris Rauf 11 Shaheen Afridi
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