Match Preview

England will face Pakistan in the 3rd and final match of the T20I series at Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester on 20 July 2021. England have finally shown their potential in T20 format and have bounced back to level the series against Pakistan. Jos Buttler along with Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone led the charge and raced their way to 200 runs, Pakistan could not even come close to chase the target.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is favourable for batting and is best suited for spinners. Team batting first will have an advantage. Weather would be clear with temperatures at 26-27 °C.

Venue Stats (ODI)

Total matches                            10

Matches won batting first           2

Matches won bowling first          5

Average 1st Inns scores            151

Average 2nd Inns scores          127

Highest total recorded               199/5 (19.1 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Lowest total recorded                135/10 (16.2 Ov) by NZ vs ENG

Highest score chased                199/5 (19.1 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Lowest score defended             190/4 (20 Ov) by PAK vs ENG

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 made 37 runs in his last match.

Matches – 41

Runs – 864

Average- 28.8

2) Jos Buttler – The right-handed batsman is an experienced player in this format. He has given consistent phenomenal performance in this series so far. He made 59 runs in his last match.

Matches – 148

Runs – 3872

Average – 38.72

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 and will be an asset for his team in the next match.

Matches – 83

Runs – 3985

Average – 56.92

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 – 98

Runs – 3658

Average – 40.19

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) Dawid 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 – 29

Runs – 1092

Average – 43.68

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 1 wicket in the last match. He is an obvious choice for the next match in this category.

Matches – 30

Wickets – 29

Economy – 9.25

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 been consistent with the wickets in this tour and has taken 13 wickets in last 5 matches against Pakistan.

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 – 21

Wickets – 28

Economy – 8.94

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 – 27

Wickets – 31

Economy – 7.94

Top 4 All-rounder Picks

1) Shadab Khan – The right-handed batman and legbreak bowler bowls skilfully and yet maintains his economy.  He added crucial 36 runs to the tally and also took a wicket in the last match.

Matches – 48

Runs – 219

Average – 16.84

Wickets – 57

Economy – 7.44

2) Moeen Ali – 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. Ali came at number 3 in the last match and smashed 36 runs and also took 2 wickets during his spell.

Matches – 37

Runs – 436

Average – 16.76

Wickets – 20

Economy – 8.61

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. He gave his team a couple of early breakthroughs in the initial overs.

Matches – 51

Runs – 325

Average – 13.54

Wickets – 50

Economy – 6.40

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 seems to be in good touch and made quick 38 runs in the previous match.

Matches – 7

Runs – 200

Average – 40.00

Wickets – 2

Economy – 7.28

Predicted Playing 11

England – Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood

Pakistan – Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Sohaib Maqsood, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammed Hasnain


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