2nd Match: Analysis and Team News
Lucky with the toss, Pakistan set out to bat only to face immediate disappointment with last match’s centurion Shan Masood dismissed for a solitary run. The rest of the top order were better, but after Babar Azam, almost everything was scored by Mohammad Rizwan, with Every other batsman after 3 down not even reaching 6 runs. Rizwan’s 72 gave Pakistan a fighting total of 236 for the first inning. For England, Broad starred with 4 wickets, while his partner in crime Anderson took 3.
When it was England’s turn to bat, they faced a similar start when Rory Burns got dismissed at nought, but Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley held things up. Losing a string of wickets, England were looking to Buttler and Root to bail out their inning. However, that’s when the rain returned to ruin the ill-fated match.
Given the conditions and how well both sides bowled, had the match continued England may have been restricted to an even lower total than their opponents. However, Pakistan’s inconsistent and mostly terrible batting would probably have resulted in a quick collapse in the third inning, leaving England to overcome a relatively small total - one they most likely would have conquered.
England vs Pakistan 3rd Test Match Prediction
Having a test series in England in the summer months is always a risky idea, as the country sees more than the occasional drizzle. Since the match is at the Rose Bowl, though, the teams may not need all five days to finish it. In fact, of the 5 matches that have been played at this ground since it opened in 2011, none have seen a full 5 days of play, with the very first match coming closest after having ended just before lunch on the final day.
For England, this will be a welcome series win in the context of both the ICC rankings and the World Test Championship. Expect Dom Sibley, Joe Root, and Jos Buttler to lead the way with the bat, while the battery of Stuart Broad, James Anderson, and Chris Woakes try to ruin Pakistan’s chances.
In the Pakistani camp, a win would reignite a much-needed fire that seems to be missing since they won the Champions Trophy in 2017. Expect Shan Masood to make amends supported by Babar Azam and Azhar Ali, while Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Yasir Shah try to make their visit worthwhile.
Who will win the 3rd match?Match Prediction: England To Win (1.80 @ 1XBET)
Other Betting Tips:
Toss - ENG
ENG top batsman – J Root
PAK top batsman – B Azam
Players to score a century - J Buttler/J Root (ENG), S Masood/B Azam (PAK)
Players to score a fifty – J Buttler/J Root/D Sibley (ENG), S Masood/B Azam/A Ali (PAK)
Players to take most wickets - J Anderson/S Broad (ENG), Y Shah/M Abbas (PAK)
Players to get a 5+ wicket haul - S Broad (ENG), M Abbas (PAK)
Most boundaries - ENG
Can the Barmy Army’s spirit carry England to victory? Or will Pakistan find the right side of their wild card and trump their hosts? Find out starting Friday!