Few would have guessed that England would defeat Pakistan in such an unexpected way. A 3-0 triumph against a major cricketing nation with a second-string squad constructed barely 48 hours before the series began is not something that occurs regularly. The spotlight is now on the T20 internationals.
The majority of England’s top guns are back in action, and they will be eager to build on the success of recent teams. The T20 format has been the most successful for Pakistan. Babar Azam is back in form, and we’re confident that plenty of PSL lessons will be applied.
While the hosts are the favorites, the structure of the T20 game makes shocks more possible. For this series, we believe we can continue to uncover some excellent value in the betting market. The game will take place on July 16, 2021, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Match Details to Know
Match – England vs Pakistan – 1st T20I
Venue – Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Time – 11:00 PM IST
England vs Pakistan Team Previews
The team currently holds the ODI World Cup and is a strong contender for the T20 World Cup later this year. There is little question that it will enter the tournament as one of the favorites, and every match leading up to it will be viewed as crucial.
This is why England has welcomed virtually all of its first-choice players back.
Eoin Morgan will captain the side, which has a plethora of batting resources at its disposal. Jos Buttler and Jason Roy look to be the preferred openers, with Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, and Liam Livingstone following.
Tom Banton is the squad’s reserve batsman, but we don’t expect him to play unless there is an injury.
The seventh slot is an intriguing one. Lewis Gregory demonstrated how vital he can be for England in the ODI series, but Moeen Ai also has a strong claim to that spot. Based on previous choices and the fact that Liam Livingstone can bowl some effective spin, we believe Gregory will get the nod over Ali.
England will have plenty of bowling problems as well. Adil Rashid is a lock to start, so the remaining three spots are up for grabs. We believe David Willey, Saqib Mahmood, and Chris Jordan will be chosen above Tom Curran and Jake Ball.
This is a really good squad with batting depth and many bowling options.
England T20 Squad
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Tom Banton, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, and David Willey.
Pakistan’s ODI series could not have gone any worse. The squad lost all three matches, had no big contributions from any batsman other than Babar/Rizwan and comes into this series with bowlers who are lacking confidence.
Some of the players involved will benefit from success in the PSL, but getting off to a good start would be critical for Pakistan.
It will be intriguing to watch who Pakistan’s batting lineup will be. Opening batsmen Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, Fakhar Zaman, and Mohammad Rizwan all scored runs. In recent encounters, Babar Azam has opened the batting, with Fakhar Zaman set to take the other position.
Sharjeel Khan may be dropped entirely, and Mohammad Hafeez would take his place at number four/five.
Given his current form, Mohammad Rizwan should be assigned to the third spot.
In the end, Sohaib Maqsood, Imad Wasim, and maybe Azam Khan will be tasked with accelerating.
That’s an interesting top seven, but the reliance on Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan is clear. Also, if Fakhar Zaman is dropped, having an early start against England would be difficult. Sohaib Maqsood was in excellent form throughout the PSL, but he loves to bat in the top three, which is unlikely to happen in this series.
Pakistan’s bowling lineup should be chosen in the regular procedure. At their peak, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, and Haris Rauf are all world-class players. Will one poor ODI series have an impact on their status in the team? It may be tempting to bring in someone like Mohammad Wasim Jr. or Arshad Iqbal to give them some experience.
Pakistan T20 Squad
Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (VC), Arshad Iqbal, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, and Usman Qadir.
England vs Pakistan Toss Prediction
The team that wins the toss will want to bat first. There is sufficient evidence to show that chasing has a modest edge in T20 cricket, particularly on flat batting wickets.
England vs Pakistan Pitch and Conditions
The weather prediction for this match is great, so we should be able to play the entire game. Trent Bridge’s pitch is one of the flattest in England, and the borders are also fairly short. This implies that boundary-hitting will be crucial, which may play into the hands of the England cricket squad.
In a high-scoring contest when 190-200 is the minimum, clubs will bat first.
England vs Pakistan Betting Tips
England’s white-ball team is considerably superior to Pakistan’s. Most of the players in this series will have had a lengthy period of rest, so it may take them a little time to get into their rhythm, but the total level of the players is high enough to overcome such issues.
The team boasts a stronger batting order, greater power, and excellent bowling. Pakistan will be under-confident, and its team composition does not appear to be well-suited to high-scoring settings.
England is the favorite to win.