Pakistan, England clash in T20 decider in Manchester today

By: News Desk      Published: 12:49 PM, 20 Jul, 2021
Pakistan, England clash in T20 decider in Manchester today
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Pakistan and England cricket teams will play the third and final T20 match in Manchester at 10:30 pm (PST) today with the series up for grabs as both teams have won one match each, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Skipper Babar Azam and opener Mohammad Rizwan together had led from the front in the last two T20 matches and are ready to carry any fight in testing time in the decider match. Meanwhile, the Pakistan team is also relying on Shaheen Shah Afridi's pace as his left-arm line provides an air of menace every time he gets the ball.

TEAMS

Pakistan: (probable): 1 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 2 Babar Azam (capt), 3 Fakhar Zaman, 4 Sohaib Maqsood, 5 Mohammad Hafeez, 6 Azam Khan, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Imad Wasim, 9 Haris Rauf, 10 Mohammad Hasnain, 11 Shaheen Shah Afridi

England (probable): 1 Jason Roy/Jonny Bairstow, 2 Jos Buttler (wk), 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Moeen Ali, 5 Liam Livingstone, 6 Eoin Morgan (capt), 7 Lewis Gregory/Tom Curran, 8 David Willey, 9 Chris Jordan, 10 Adil Rashid/Matt Parkinson, 11 Saqib Mahmood

After their struggles in the ODIs, Pakistan have found a formula that can keep them competitive in T20Is. Wholesale changes seem improbable.

Pitch and conditions

Another sweltering day in prospect as summer's late arrival continues to kick in, so it's conceivable that the pitch may break up a touch as the match progresses. Scores in this season's Vitality Blast haven't been astronomical - nobody's bettered the 172 that Lancashire and Notts both made in their tie in June, so the range-hitting may be dialled down a notch compared to the first two games.

England have won four of their seven completed T20Is at Old Trafford, dating back to a nine-wicket win over New Zealand in 2008. However, two of their three losses at the venue both came against Pakistan, by nine wickets in 2016 and by five runs in their most recent encounter last summer, when the series was squared 1-1.

Mohammad Rizwan needs 57 runs to reach 1000 in T20Is. Should he achieve it in his next innings, his 31st, he will be the second-fastest Pakistani to the landmark, behind Babar Azam (26). England's Dawid Malan holds the record with 24 innings.