England enter this 2nd of seven T20I matches 1-0 up in the series, after a comfortable win at the National Stadium in Karachi on Tuesday. We’ve asked our resident slogger Adam Roberts to preview the 2nd T20I on Thursday afternoon and he’s picked out a couple of interesting looking bets for your perusal.
Pakistan vs. England T20 Tips
Pakistan got off to a flyer on Tuesday, with openers Mohammad Rizwan (68) and Babar Azam (31) reaching 85-0 off a little over nine overs. The crucial wicket of Azam by Adil Rashid and some clever bowling in the mid to late overs from debutant Luke Wood, put a serious dent in the run rate and they scraped to 158/7 off their twenty overs.
England never looked seriously troubled in response and when Ben Duckett went, leaving the tourists 87/3, in came the composed and classy Harry Brook (42*) to support the recalled Alex Hales (53) to take Moeen Ali’s men over the line. Hales rode his luck at times but it was a moment of genuine redemption for a man who had waited so patiently for another chance in the white-ball squad, after his expulsion by Eoin Morgan and Andrew Strauss following a failed recreational drug test.
Both sides will likely stick with the same starting XI for this one. Jos Buttler is still not fit to play, so Ali will lead the England side once again.
England to win – 21/20
It was a bit of a procession for the tourists on Tuesday at times and the dour, slow wicket probably suited England more. Pakistan have played 21 times in T20 international competition against England, yet have won only six times. Their top order looks impressive but the middle order looks nowhere near as strong as Englands. I would fancy the visitors to win every time if chasing and I’m not sure I can say the same about the hosts.
England top run scorer – Harry Brook @ 9/2
One man who impressed massively in the first T20I was Yorkshire’s Harry Brook, who has waited patiently to slot into England’s team in multiple formats. He will no doubt go on to be a star for England in the test side but for now he will have to show his skills in the shortest format. He barely put a foot wrong in his innings of 42* off just 25 balls and caressed the ball round the pitch rather than the bludgeoning you associate with the 20 over slogathon. The 23-year-old starred for the PSL winners Lahore Qalanders last season and his knowledge of these wickets is a massive plus for the young man. One hundred off 48 balls in his time in Lahore stands out as particularly memorable.
Brook is only priced this long as he comes in at no 5 but with the frailties around England’s top order, don’t be surprised to see him come in again and take the tourists over the line.