Match Preview

England will be up against Pakistan in the 2nd T20I Match at Headingley, Leeds on 18 July 2021. Pakistan avenged their loss with a 31-run victory despite Liam Livingstone’s onslaught in the last match. Another win and Pakistan will clinch the series which would be a boost to their morale after facing loss in past few matches. England was slow to chase the target with their key batsmen failing to play an innings of substance.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is favourable for batting and is best suited for pacers. Team batting first will have an advantage.

Weather would be mostly Sunny and slightly warm with temperatures at 26-27 °C.

Venue Stats (ODI)

Total matches                           46

Matches won batting first         18

Matches won bowling first        26

Average 1st Inns scores           229

Average 2nd Inns scores          211

Highest total recorded              351/9 (50 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Lowest total recorded               93/10 (36.2 Ov) by ENG vs AUS

Highest score chased               324/2 (37.3 Ov) by SL vs ENG

Lowest score defended            165/9 (60 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top 2 Wicket-keeper picks

1) Mohammad Rizwan – The right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper is the best pick due to his recent excellent performance in this series. He smashed 63 runs in his last match.

Matches – 37

Runs – 906

Average- 45.30

2) Jonny Bairstow – The right-handed batsman is a prominent player from his squad, he took two wickets behind the stumps and scored 11 runs in his last match.

Matches – 55

Runs – 1125

Average – 28.24

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Babar Azam – This right-handed batsman’s stats also proves why he is one of the top players to look out for in this match. He is in phenomenal form, he made 85 runs in the last match.

Matches – 55

Runs – 2120

Average – 48.18

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. He scored 32 runs in his last match.

Matches – 46

Runs – 1119

Average – 24.32

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 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 the 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 – 28

Runs – 1091

Average – 45.45

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Tom Curran – The right arm fast medium bowler is a slick fast bowler with a deadly yorker action. He has been consistent in taking wickets in this series and took 2 wickets in the last match. He is an obvious choice for the next match in this category.

Matches – 29

Wickets – 28

Economy – 9.41

2) 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 10 wickets in this tour including a wicket in the last match.

List A record-

Matches – 34

Wickets – 64

Economy – 5.56

3) Haris Rauf –  The right arm fast bowler is consistent in taking wickets in this series. He is a valuable player for his team and took a wicket in the last match too.

Matches – 20

Wickets – 26

Economy – 8.77

4) Shaheen Afridi – The left arm fast bowler has an accurate pace and his deadly bowling has benefited his team a lot. He took 3 wickets in the last match.

Matches – 56

Wickets – 88

Economy – 5.67

Top 3 All-rounder Picks

1) Shadab Khan – The right-handed batman and legbreak bowler bowls skilfully and yet maintains his economy.  He took 3 wickets in his last match.

Matches – 47

Runs – 183

Average – 14.07

Wickets – 56

Economy – 7.42

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

Matches – 9

Runs – 45

Average – 7.50

Wickets – 2

Economy – 9.00

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 – 50

Runs – 305

Average – 13.26

Wickets – 48

Economy – 6.34

4) Liam Livingstone– The left-handed batsman and slow left arm orthodox bowler is a talented and experienced player. His skilled batting and bowling attacks makes him a valuable player. He smashed 103 runs in his last match.

Matches – 6

Runs – 162

Average – 40.50

Wickets – 2

Economy – 7.28

Predicted Playing 11


Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Liam Livingstone, Lewis Gregory, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Tom Curran / Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid / Matt Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood


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


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Poll Winning Percentage

England – 51%

Pakistan – 49%