Second match analysis and takeaways
Winning the toss and electing to field, England must have felt like they had overplayed their hand when Pakistan strode to 72 without losing a wicket, with Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman both playing handsomely. Even after the breakthrough, and despite not allowing any one partnership to build up, England failed to stop the flow of runs. Soon Pakistan were fortified behind a 195-run wall.
England’s reply started strong, with Jonny Bairstow leading the way and Tom Banton playing a supporting role. The two both fell at 66, but before Pakistan could smell victory in the distance, Dawin Malan and captain Eoin Morgan rampaged their way to 178. Despite 2 more wickets falling cheaply, the successful run chase was accomplished by the first ball of the final over.
Morgan’s men will be as happy with such a chase as Babar Azam’s men will be disappointed. England will go into their next match confident, but hopefully for them, not complacent. That’s one of the things Pakistan will be looking forward to exploiting as they regroup following England’s powerful performance.
ENG vs PAK 3rd Match Prediction
England are looking extremely strong, but far from invulnerable. If they are to achieve the level of dominance they are obviously aiming for, they have to plug the holes in their defenses. Nevertheless, they are undoubtedly the favourites for this match. Expect Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow to go big with the bat, while Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan do a better job with the ball than last time.
Pakistan have plenty of talent in their lineup, but they need their players to show up consistently or at least, when necessary. Expect Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez to continue their good form, while Shadab Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi drive some batsmen to error.
Who will win the 3rd T20I?Match Prediction: England To Win (1.53 @ 1XBET)
Other Betting Tips:
Toss - ENG
ENG top batsman – D Malan
PAK top batsman – B Azam
Players to score most boundaries - D Malan (ENG), B Azam (PAK)
Players to score a fifty – D Malan/J Bairstow (ENG), B Azam/M Hafeez (PAK)
Players to take most wickets - A Rashid (ENG), S Khan (PAK)
Most fours - ENG
Most Sixes - ENG
Can England bury Pakistan’s hopes of a drawn series and lift themselves closer to Australia in the rankings? Or will Pakistan’s resilience and tenacity help them through? Find out on Tuesday!