Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: England vs Pakistan 2nd Test
The 2nd match of the 3-match test series between England and Pakistan will be played at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Pakistan were in charge of the proceedings in the first test for most of the match until Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes decided to ruin their plans. The team did well over three and a half days but it was evident that pressure got the better of them.
Pakistan would do well to not change their plans dramatically after the defeat as their strategy seemed to be working just fine through most of the last match.
The pitch at Southampton is not expected to spin as much as the one in Manchester did. However, Pakistan are still likely to go in with both spinners Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan due to their utility with the bat. Given that all their three fast bowlers are fit, the visitors are not expected to make any changes.
For England, there will be one forced change with Zak Crawley coming in for Ben Stokes, who has flown to New Zealand. Sam Curran is expected to come in for James Anderson, who is likely to be rested.
There is some rain expected on all five days of the test match but that should not appear often enough to deny a result. If Pakistan succeed in not allowing the defeat in the first test effect them too much, they have all the ingredients to win at Southampton.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
England - Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad
Pakistan - Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Pakistan
Who will win? – Pakistan
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Ollie Pope (England), Shan Masood (Pakistan)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Stuart Broad (England), Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan)
Most Sixes – Ollie Pope (England), Babar Azam (Pakistan)
Man of the Match – Shaheen Afridi
Team Scores Batting first – England 300+, Pakistan 320+
Match Handicap Pakistan
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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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