ENG vs PAK, 1st T20I

Match Preview

England will play against Pakistan in the 1st T20I Match at Trent Bridge Cricket Stadium, Nottingham on 16 July 2021. Pakistan lost the ODI series to England but they are better prepared for this format and have a chance to outdo their past performance. England’s late form has been better and they are seeing the return of its key player Jos Buttler who can give a tough time to Pakistan.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is favourable for batting and is best suited for pacers. Team batting first will have an advantage. There are chances of light rain with temperatures at 20-21 °C.

Venue Stats (T20I)

Total matches                        11

Matches won batting first       6

Matches won bowling first      5

Average 1st Inns scores        154

Average 2nd Inns scores       137

Highest total recorded            198/5 (20 Ov) by NZ vs IRE

Lowest total recorded             110/10 (17 Ov) by NZ vs SL

Highest score chased             173/3 (19.4 Ov) by ENG vs WI

Lowest score defended          130/5 (20 Ov) by RSA vs IND

Top Wicket-keeper pick

1) Mohammad Rizwan – The right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper is the best pick due to his recent excellent performance in this series. He smashed 74 runs in his last match and even took two wickets behind the stumps.

Matches – 36

Runs – 843

Average- 44.36

2) Jos Buttler – The right-handed batsman is technically sound keeper and is perhaps the most experienced and best player from his squad in this format. He is a serious threat for his opponents’ chance of winning in the next match.

Matches – 80

Runs – 1791

Average – 31.42

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Babar Azam – This right-handed batsman’s stats clearly proves why he is one of the top players to look out for in this match. He is in phenomenal form, he made 158 runs in the last match.

Matches – 54

Runs – 2035

Average – 47.32

2) Jason Roy – The right-handed batsman’s ability in the shorter formats have led his team to many victories. His power down the ground and penchant for switch-hitting is what makes him an asset in the next match.

Matches – 45

Runs – 1087

Average – 24.15

3) Sohaib Maqsood – Maqsood’s strength is his off-side strokeplay, with the back-foot punch being a favourite. He is an experienced player from his squad and will be prove to be beneficial in the next match.

List A Record –

Matches – 130

Runs – 4440

Average – 39.64

4) David Malan – The left-handed batsman had a great run in domestic circuit and is currently in his best form. He has given great batting performances in the past matches and will be a wise pick for the next match.

Matches – 27

Runs – 1090

Average – 47.39

Top 3 Bowler Picks

1) Adil Rashid – The leg-break bowler is strong player in the limited-overs formats and his bowling style is more thoughtful, and dangerous in turn with a good googly which is particularly evident. He will be a good pick for the next match.

Matches – 60

Wickets – 59

Economy – 7.45

 

3) Saqib Mahmood – The right-arm fast medium bowler is an excellent fast bowler and has performed great in these ground conditions in domestic matches so it will be difficult for Pakistan to handle him. He has taken 9 wickets in the last series including the 3 wickets in the last match.

List A record-

Matches – 34

Wickets – 64

Economy – 5.56

3) Chris Jordan – The right-arm fast medium bowler bowler is a level-headed and a fearsome yorker, he is death specialist in T20 format cricket. He is in great form and is playing phenomenally in the domestic cricket.

Matches – 63

Wickets – 73

Economy – 8.71

Top 3 All-rounder Picks

1) Shadab Khan – The right-handed batman and leg-break bowler bowls skilfully and yet maintains his economy.

Matches – 46

Runs – 183

Average – 14.07

Wickets – 53

Economy – 7.28

2) Lewis Gregory – Gregory is a skillful yet talented player from his squad. He took 2 wickets in his last match. He is in good form and prove to be an asset in the next match.

Matches – 46

Runs – 183

Average – 14.07

Wickets – 53

Economy – 7.28

3) Imad Wasim – The left-handed batsman and slow left arm orthodox bowler is a talented and experienced player. His skilled batting and bowling attacks is an asset for his team.

Matches – 49

Runs – 302

Average – 13.72

Wickets – 47

Economy – 6.22

Predicted Playing 11

England – Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Liam Livingstone/Lewis Gregory, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood

Pakistan – Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Sohaib Maqsood, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf

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Poll Winning Percentage

England – 59%

Pakistan – 41%

Source- www.cricket.com