ENG vs PAK | 2nd T20I: With Buttler back in Squad, England look to stretch it to the finale

Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh

Author| Jul 17, 5:19 PM

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The England team was not in its elements whatsoever during the first T20I against Pakistan at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Apart from a blizzard or flood (in coherence with conditions prevalent in western Europe) in the form of Liam Livingstone that rocked Pakistan, no other batter was able to stay at the crease and do anything important to propel the three lions towards victory. 

On the other hand, for Pakistan, it was a totally opposite scenario. After being drubbed ion the ODIs 3-0, the Men in Green waled in the T20I series with the definite resolve of improved showing. To everybody’s surprise, they went one notch above and instead of just improving the standards, they rather achieved the best, registering their highest ever total in T20Is. 

Even the Pakistani bowling was better in that small ground and they caught brilliantly too. But there is always a doubt in every Pakistan’s supporter’s mind, can thor team repeat the good work?

Jos Buttler is back: Is it a good thing for England?

But, with Paul Collingwood, England’s Assistant Coach confirming that Jos Buttler has recovered from his calf strain and is ready to take the field in the next game, the interesting thing to notice would be, who goes out? Ideally, it would be Dawid Malana as he was asked to open the innings and Livingstone and Moeen Ali were both asked to bat in the middle.

In this very competitive English limited-overs side, even one mistake could prove dire as far as a place in XI is concerned and Malan, the number one ranked T20I batter might have to bear the price of that one failure. Livingstone’s hundred meant that he would not be going out and captain Morgan publicly announcing that he would keep giving as many chances as possible to Moeen to prove his credentials in the middle order, keeping in mind the spin-friendly conditions of the World Cup, it is very unlikely that he would lose his place in the team. 

Which Pakistan will turn up on Sunday?

The Pakistan team is the most consistent side at being inconsistent. It is a truth that nobody can deny and hence on any given day, even if they had been in their best form in the previous match, one can never say with surety that they will play well in the very next game as well. 

So keeping that in mind, it would be hard to guess if Pakistan would be able to really power up their game and get done with the series even before it stretches to the final game. Both Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwanare in form as is evident through their last two partnerships in the third ODI and the first T20I. 

The Pakistani bowling also seemed to have improved a bit especially the way Mohammad Hasnain bowled. The abilities of Shadab Khan to pick wickets makes it a wholesome attack with the presence of Shahen Afridi and Imad Wasim as left-arm options against a right hand heavy English batting lineup. Will Hasan Ali play in place of Haris Rauf is yet to be seen. 

England vs Pakistan: Match Details

Match Number-  2nd T20I 

Date and Time: July 18, 2021, 07:00 pm IST, 01:30 pm GMT, 02:30 pm Local

Venue: Headingley, Leeds

Broadcast and Live Stream: Sony Sports Network and Sony LIV

Pitch Report

The average score at Headingley in Leeds over the past two years in T20s has been in the range of 170-190 giving a fair idea of why it is going to be a high scoring affair at this ground. The teams batting first agave although won 65% of the games, chasing isn’t a bad option either, especially in a day game. Bowlers, much like in

Weather Forecast and Toss

The weather at Leeds is going to be perfect for cricket on Sunday, July 18 with the temperatures ranging between 26-25 degrees Celcius throughout the game time. There are no predictions of rain and it would rather remain sunny throughout the day. Any captain winning the toss would look to bowl first, except Pakistan. Pakistan aren’t good at chasing and they would like to bat on their strength that is defending the totals. 

Team News

England

The English side is most probably staring down at least three changes with Chris Jordan, Buttler and Adil Rashid coming in places of Saqib Mahmood, Malan and Matt Parkinson respectively. Even Tom Curran could make way for his brother if things permit. 

Probable XI

Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan (c), Lewis Gregory, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran/ Sam Curran

Pakistan

As far as the Pakistan team is concerned, disturbing the winning combination is not something that they would like to do. However, they can afford one change where Haris Rauf goes out and Hasan Ali comes in. 

Probable XI

Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shoaib Maqsood, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf/ Hasan Ali

Dream XI team

Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shoaib Maqsood,  Liam Livingstone (vc), Shadab Khan, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Shaheen Shah Afridi

  • Jos Buttler
  • Adil Rashid
  • Dawid Malan
  • Liam Livingstone
  • Saqib Mahmood
  • Chris Jordan
  • Hasan Ali
  • Babar Azam
  • Shadab Khan
  • ENG
  • PAK
  • PAK vs ENG 2021
  • Headingley, Leeds United Kingdom

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