Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: England vs Pakistan 1st T20I
The 1st match of the 3-match T20I series between England and Pakistan will be played at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
After a close contest in the test series, Pakistan are expected to give England a run for their money in white-ball cricket, especially with the absence of some of England's top players like Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer.
England will have an advantage of having warmed up with 3 ODIs against Ireland. On the contrary, most Pakistan players with the exception of Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan and Shaheen Afridi haven't had a taste of international cricket in a long, long time.
However, Pakistan have the experience in both their batting - Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik - and their bowling - Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir - to deal well with the forced break.
England have a much better record against Pakistan in T20I cricket but such is the unpredictability of the format that anyone can upstage anyone on their day.
England will go with their trusted opening combination of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow with Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings being the crucial players in the middle order. Chris Jordan will be back in the XI post surgery and will be assisted by Adil Rashid and David Willey.
Pakistan have the choice of either playing both Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik or bringing in youngster Haider Ali in the XI. Mohammad Rizwan is likely to play ahead of Sarfaraz Khan. With Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan as the spin options, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz are expected to shoulder the pace attack.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
England - Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Tom Banton, Joe Denly/Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran/Saqib Mahmood
Pakistan - Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - England
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Eoin Morgan (England), Babar Azam (Pakistan)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – David Willey (England), Shadab Khan (Pakistan)
Most Sixes – Jonny Bairstow (England), Iftikhar Ahmed (Pakistan)
Man of the Match – Eoin Morgan
Team Scores Batting first – England 180+, Pakistan 160+
Match Handicap England
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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