England vs Pakistan, 3rd T20 Match Prediction2020-09-02
Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Man of the Match: Mohammad Hafeez
Host England eye T20I series against faltering Pakistan
Expect England to clinch the T20I series at Manchester.
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Host England will be looking to clinch the T20I series when they face Pakistan in the third and final game at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester on Monday.
In their previous game, England registered five-wicket win over Pakistan, courtesy excellent performances from Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan and David Malan. With this result, England have taken 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series.
On the other hand, Pakistan will have to make significant improvements in their bowling in order to level the three-match T20I series. The visitors might make changes to their playing XI for this series finale.
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England Captain Eoin Morgan will be pleased with his side’s clinical batting performance in the second game played at Manchester. The home side will need to guard against any sort of complacency and deliver another strong show in the series finale.
In the batting department, the onus will be on the in-form players like Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan to deliver the bulk of the runs.
In the previous game, Jonny Bairstow played well and smashed 44 off 24 balls with the help of four boundaries and two sixes
Eoin Morgan once again showed excellent form with the bat and smashed fiery 66 runs off 33 balls with the help of six fours and four sixes.
Dawid Malan showcased excellent temperament and composure to notch up yet another half-century for England in the T20 format. Left-hander remained unbeaten till the end and finished with the innings of 54 not out off 36 balls.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan and Tom Curran to pick up crucial wickets in this series finale.
In the previous game, Leg-spinner Adil Rashid was the pick of the bowlers and finished with figures of 2 for 32 in his four overs.
Chris Jordan, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Lewis Gregory, AU Rashid, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Tom Curran, Tom Banton, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan
The visitors will rue the fact that they should have bowled well in the previous game after posting 196 runs with the bat.
On a flat pitch, Pakistan bowlers failed to experiment and did not use variations against England’s star-studded batting lineup.
For Pakistan, Leg-spinner Shadab Khan was best bowler on display in the previous game and claimed three wickets. Besides Shadab Khan, pacer Haris Rauf also picked up two wickets and conceded 34 runs from his three overs.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan got off to an excellent start, courtesy fluent partnership from Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam.
Pugnacious opener Fakhar Zaman put in a decent innings of 36 runs off balls with the help of five fours and one six
Skipper Babar Azam excellent form continued in the T20 format as he notched up a fluent half-century. He scored 56 runs off balls with the help of seven boundaries.
For Pakistan, Muhammad Hafeez showed his value with the bat in the middle overs of the innings. He played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top-score of 69 runs off balls with the help of five fours and four sixes.
Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Babar Azam, SI Wasim, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Shaheen Afridi, Wahab Riaz
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||11||0 mm.||1.22 k/h||From: SE||69%|
|03h||11||0 mm.||0.89 k/h||From: SE||31%|
|06h||11||0 mm.||0.74 k/h||From: SSE||44%|
|09h||15||0 mm.||1.77 k/h||From: SSW||4%|
|12h||18||0 mm.||2.09 k/h||From: SW||1%|
|15h||18||0 mm.||1.75 k/h||From: W||33%|
|18h||17||0 mm.||1.68 k/h||From: SW||43%|
|21h||14||0 mm.||1.5 k/h||From: SSE||20%|
The pitch prepared will full of runs as batsmen will enjoy placid conditions. The spinners will definitely play a key role in the outcome of this match. The weather forecast for Monday's game is going to be partly cloudy skies.
Old Trafford Cricket Stadium in Manchester will host the third and final game between Pakistan and England. Three T20I matches have been played between the two teams, out of which England and Pakistan have won one game apiece. The first game of the series played at this venue ended in a no-result due to heavy rains.
With perfect weather conditions, the side that wins the toss, would be keen to bat first and post a big total on the board.
Based on current form, England will go into this game as favorites against Pakistan. With likes of Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan in tremendous form with the bat, England will be determined to pile on the runs against Pakistan in the series finale.
Expect England to clinch the T20I series at Manchester.
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