Pakistan set to lock horns against England in one-off T20 game at Manchester
Pakistan will be looking to put behind all the disappointments in the one-day series against England when they lock horns with hosts England in the one-off T20 at Manchester on Wednesday. The visitors will be keen to end their long tour on a winning note after getting mauled by a new-look England in one-day side series. England, on the other hand, will be hoping that their big players once again perform at Manchester and set up a winning total for the side. At the moment, the hosts look clear favorites as Pakistan will be led by new captain Sarfaraz Ahmad after the resignation of Shahid Afridi due to the team’s dismal performance in the World T20 in India.
Pakistan is lingering at the bottom at seventh position while England is placed at fifth position according to the latest rankings by ICC in the T20 format. This game is important for Pakistan as the side would like to carry a winning momentum into their next T20 series against World Champions West Indies in the UAE. The sides have played 13 T20s against each other in which England has come out on top on ten occasions while three games have been won by Pakistan. The last T20 series in UAE also went in favor of England, who then produced some splendid performances against Pakistan. Pakistan had a lean run in the shorter format as they failed to qualify into the later stages of ICC WorldT20 and also Asia Cup 2016. On the contrary, England did produce some excellent results, managing to reach the finals of WorldT20 against West Indies only to lose the game in the last over of the second innings.
Key Players for the game
Ben Stokes and Jason Roy will be the two main players for England as they were influential in terms of their performances that propelled the side to reach the finals of T20 World Cup in India. Roy has truly come of his own as a batsman and piled on the runs with greater consistency while Stokes is the best all-rounder in world cricket that can change the complexion of any game with bat and ball.
For Pakistan, Imad Wasim is the player to watch out for as he recently performed really well in the Caribbean Premier League that saw his side Jamaica Tallawahs clinch the title. He contributed with the bat and was consistent with the ball as well, getting wickets in every game. The left-arm spinner produced tidy spells in the league conceding just six runs an over in the whole tournament.
The pitch at Old Trafford is expected to produce another run-feast as the last game here saw England compile over 190 runs to defeat New Zealand by 57 runs. The three games played here previously had been called off to torrential rains. The teams will have to keep the weather forecast in check in terms of their decisions as rain might play a part in this game.
England: Eoin Morgan, Jos Butler, Chris Jordan, Sam Billings, Tymal Mills, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Mark Wood, David Willey, Ben Stokes
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Khalid Latif, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Tanveer, Amad Butt