England vs Pakistan 1st T20I: After a 1-Zero defeat within the Check sequence, Pakistan wish to overturn their fortunes within the three-match T20I sequence which begins from Friday.
There have been massive modifications within the Pakistan squad for this format, with the limited-overs staff having a mixture of expertise and youth. At 39, Mohammad Hafeez is the oldest member whereas 17-year-old Naseem Shah, who had a quiet Check outing, is the youngest.
Within the absence of Imam-ul-Haq, who additionally didn’t characteristic within the Check matches, newly-appointed skipper Babar Azam is more likely to open the innings with Fakhar Zaman. The pair will obtain assist from Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan. It will likely be fascinating to see if the Pakistan administration follow skilled candidates Shoaib Malik and Hafeez or give alternatives to children.
In the meantime, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan can be an automated choose contemplating his heavyweight efficiency within the lately concluded Check sequence, the place he additionally received the ‘Man of the Sequence’ award.
Pakistan’s tempo artillery has been considerably bolstered, with Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz out there. The facet will in all probability depend on their senior bowlers for this sequence, with one in every of Naseem or Shaheen Afridi picked to be a part of a tempo trio.
England, alternatively, wish to proceed the profitable momentum, this time below the management of Eoin Morgan. England’s World Cup profitable captain will even be on a excessive, having led the ODI staff to a formidable sequence win in opposition to Eire.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow is more likely to open the innings for the hosts. With Jason Roy having been dominated out of the sequence, 21-year-old Tom Banton would possibly accomplice Bairstow at high of the order.
England opener Jason Roy is dominated out of England’s T20Is in opposition to Pakistan with a facet pressure 🤕
He’ll look to get better in time for the white-ball sequence in opposition to Australia 🤞 pic.twitter.com/Guhq9ERHjD
— ICC (@ICC) August 27, 2020
Morgan will probably be joined by all-rounder Joe Denly and Dawid Malan within the center order. Moeen Ali, regardless of his latest lack of type, is one other asset to this English facet. The all-rounder comes with huge expertise in all codecs of the sport and has proved his price to the facet on a number of events.
England’s bowling assault appears to be like comparatively weak, contemplating the likes of Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer have been rested after a protracted Check summer season. That is one thing Babar Azam, the primary batsman in T20Is, is perhaps seeking to benefit from.
The edges have met one another 15 occasions on this format, with England profitable 10 of these contests. Pakistan have secured 4 wins thus far, whereas one match resulted in a draw.
The final time the 2 groups met was in Could 2019 when England registered a snug 7-wicket victory on the again of a speedy half-century from Eoin Morgan.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz.
England – 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, Lewis Gregory