Analysis for the match.
Pakistan has taken a 3-2 lead over England heading into the 6th match of the series. If Pakistan wins this, it wins the series. England has continued to impress considering it is playing without some of its best players in foreign conditions and it continues to build an unbelievable amount of bench strength.
The scene is set and it has been very hard to separate the two teams so far. It is no surprise that the cricket betting sites have offered very similar odds for both teams.
Must see point.
1). Pakistan has a world-class bowling lineup that is better now that Shadab Khan is available
2). England is likely to find conditions a bit tough in Lahore as they are a bit slower and more spin-friendly than they are used to
3). Pakistan's middle-order is a concern but they have a very deep batting lineup to try and compensate for that
Head to Heads.
Overall Matches - 26
PAK won - 9
ENG won - 15
Tied - 1
N/R - 1
Last five Head to Heads.
PAK won - 3
SA won - 2
N/R - 0
Match Prediction: PAK to win the match.
1). If PAK won the toss and opted to bowl first, ENG could score 160-180 runs.
2). If ENG won the toss and opted to bowl first,PAK could score 165-185 runs.
1). Highest opening partnership - Pakistan.
Pakistan has the most prolific opening par in the world right now. They tend to bat long and score a lot of runs. IN contrast, England has lost three wickets in the powerplay in its previous two matches. We like the odds being offered on Pakistan and will take a small punt.
2). Haris Rauf took 2+ wickets.
Is there a better T20 death bowler than Haris Rauf? He is at his best when bowling in the end overs but he can pick up wickets at any stage of the inning. Raw pace makes him a menace to the tail enders. He is also in spectacular form coming into this match
Pakistan made three changes in their team as they brought in Haider Ali, Shadab Khan, and Aamer Jamal. While Haider Ali failed once more, Shadab Khan and Aamer Jamal made an immediate impact. With Mohammad Wasim Jr. at number 10, Pakistan's batting depth in the previous match was incredible.
We think Pakistan will stick to the same lineup unless there is an injury.
Mohammad Rizwan now has five fifties in his previous six matches and is in just incredible form. The rest of the batting lineup may not have scored runs in the previous match but we all know what Babar Azam is capable of. The middle-order question continues to haunt Pakistan but its depth in batting will help ease some fears.
The bowling attack for Pakistan is world-class. It is dangerous in any condition but certainly one of the best at home. Haris Rauf is breathing fire, Shadab Khan was tough to pick, and the others also did a good job. The spin-friendly surface allowed Iftikhar Ahmed to bowl his four overs for just 16 runs.
A lot of variety and a lot of options while bowling gives Pakistan the luxury to plan favorable matchups.
England came close (for the second match in a row) but could not get over the line. It seemed to have Pakistan on the mat at 100 for 7 but the bowlers gave away a few too many runs at the death. Mark Wood was exceptional with his raw pace and seems to have uncovered a bit of a chink in Babar Azam's armor.
Chris Woakes played the previous match alongside David Willey, Sam Curran, and Adil Rashid. This is not a bad attack but it is not the ideal one for Pakistani conditions. We think England got away with some fortune going their way otherwise they could have been chasing a much bigger score.
England is also struggling to keep wickets intact during the powerplay. For two games now, England has lost three wickets in the powerplay. It has the depth to recover, but its best batters are up top, and their inability to convert starts is a big concern.
England is one of the best T20 teams in the world and so cannot be ruled out but we think the constant chopping and changing, the conditions in Lahore, and the end of a challenging white-ball tour would all be playing on its mind.
Time - Sep 30th, 08:00 pm, IST.
Venue - Gaddafi Stadium - Lahore, Pakistan
The pitch at the Gaddafi Stadium was nowhere close to being as good for batting as what we saw in Karachi. The ball did not come on to the bat, run-scoring was difficult, and the spinners had their say. In these conditions, the balance swings the way of Pakistan quite dramatically.
In spite of winning Sunday’s game in Karachi, Pakistan made three changes ahead of the opening match in Lahore on Wednesday. Khushdil Shah returned to the team alongside Shadab Khan, who made his first appearance of the series, and Aamer Jamal who made his international debut.Pakistan are targeting their third successive victory in this game. They have won three of their last four matches.
Possible XI - Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Shan Masood, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Aamer Jamal, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim
There were four changes to the England side before Wednesday’s narrow defeat in Lahore. Out went Liam Dawson, Olly Stone, Will Jacks and Reece Topley with Dawid Malan, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran coming in. We expect England to pick an additional spinner for this match.England are behind in the series for the first time and have lost three of their last four matches against Pakistan
Possible XI - Alex Hales, Philip Salt (wk), Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali (c), Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood