England v Pakistan – T20, Old Trafford live on Sky Sports
A closely fought drawn Test series was followed by a resounding ODI series win for England. Pakistan might have won the final match in Cardiff on Sunday, but there is no doubt that the hosts have taken control of the tour over the past two weeks. Another English international summer of cricket ends in Manchester on Wednesday night as the two sides lock horns for a one-off t20 showdown to end the tour. The hosts are 5th in the t20I rankings, whilst the tourists are 7th.
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The UK has been particularly wet over the past week but the England-Pakistan tour seems to be dodging the dodgy stuff with great effect. Manchester in September was always going to be dicey, but luckily there is just a 15% chance of showers so we should get a full match.
Old Trafford has hosted six t20I matches of which only four have seen first innings completed due to bad weather.
Here is a list of scores from the side batting first in t20I’s –
191, 165, 145, 123 – Average 156
Not much to go on so let us add t20 Blast 2016 scores from side batting first –
131, 149, 204, 149 – Average 158
First Innings Runs
Here is a list of England‘s scores when batting first in t20I’s since the start of the three match series between these two sides in the UAE last year –
155, 171, 142, 182, 171, 134, 154, 160 – Average 158
And here are Pakistan‘s scores in the same time period from full 20 over matches –
201, 129, 83, 168, 171 – Average 150
Jos Buttler has been rested due to a slight hamstring niggle for the past two ODI matches – last time out against Sri Lanka in t20I’s he opened the batting with great effect – scoring an unbeaten 73 as England cruised to victory. The return of Alex Hales who has scored 1,220 career t20I runs probably means Buttler will slip back down the order. Skipper Eoin Morgan has an important decision to make re:his commitment to next months Bangladesh tour – but for the time being he will be looking to add to his 1,446 career runs in this format – the most of any English batsman. Joe Root was rested for that Sri Lanka match and could come in for the jettisoned James Vince whilst Kent dasher Same Billings could also keep his place. Ben Stokes is likely to play his first t20I since that World t20 final mauling at the hands of Carlos Brathwaite whilst spinning all-rounders Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid could be fighting it out for one place. Left arm swinger David Willey might miss out to Mills (below) whilst quicks Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan and Mark Wood offer Morgan plenty of seam up options.
Sarfraz Ahmed is now designated Pakistan skipper as Test and ODI leaders Misbah and Azhar are not considered powerful enough for the t20I format. Sarfraz had a terrific ODI series, making contributions of 55, 105, 38, 12 & 90. Sharjeel Khan hit 152 in the ODI v Ireland that proceeded the England series where a best score 58 was a poor return for such a talent. Babar Azam is likely to bat three in his t20I debut whilst ex-captain Shoaib Malik should take confidence from his Cardiff ODI half-century. All-rounder Imad Wasim was a stand out performer in the ODI’s with 153 runs (in which he never got out) and 4 wickets whilst Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir will be keen to end the tour on a high. Both left-arm quicks looked to be running out of puff during the ODI’s, sharing just 5 wickets in a combined 8 innings they played in. Tanvir (below) comes in as a t20 specialist.
Ones to Watch
Tymal Mills might have been wicket-less during his England debut earlier in the season, but figures of 0-22 from 4 overs were still impressive for a man that regularly bowls over 90mph. On an Old Trafford surface that is expected to be quick and bouncy, Mills could cause carnage against a fragile looking opposition.
Sohail Tanvir is a modern day t20 freelance specialist that has just flown in from a successful Caribbean Premier League stint with bat and ball for the Guyana franchise. With 50 caps to his name, he is a vital experienced member of the side that can bowl quickly and skilfully, whilst adding power hitting down the order.
If England bat first, I recommend taking any OVERS RUNS around the 178-180 mark.
If Pakistan bat first, I recommend taking any UNDER RUNS around the 168-170 mark.
Top Batsman Market
Jason Roy did the job for us in the last ODI, so let us back him again to be top England bat at 4.33 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage.
Hard to back any of the top order of Pakistan’s line up, so let us look at backing big hitting low order all-rounder Sohail Tanvir at a juicy 29.0
Prices correct at time of writing.