Well it’s honours even after four straight games in Karachi. England have taken the lead twice, only to be pegged back both times by the hosts. Now we move on to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore for three further T20I’s, which will decide who will win this mammoth seven game series. We’ve sent our own lord of the willow, Adam Roberts into action to preview this one and provide us with his best two bets.

Pakistan vs England 5th T20 Tips

So long Karachi, where the National Stadium provided some superb cricket matches. First, England coasted to a relatively comfortable win before Pakistan responded with a world record unbeaten first wicket chase in the 2nd T20. The tourists then smashed Babar Azam’s side by 63 runs in the third outing to retake the lead and what can only be described as a rollercoaster affair in the 4th T20, saw Pakistan square it all up at 2-2. 

Lahore is now the focus of the cricketing world for three more 20 over slog-fests taking pace over the next five days. Matches at Gaddafi Stadium are notoriously lower scoring than in Karachi, with the average 1st innings score a paltry 166 in comparison to 189. In 15 games in Lahore, no side has scored over 200 runs and it seems like the toss has no real effect on the winner – the chasing side have won 8 to 7 for the side batting first. 

Team news:

Pakistan will likely stay unchanged after their heroics in the fourth T20I.

Possible Pakistan XI: Rizwan, Babar, Haider, Masood, Khushdil, Nawz, Wasim, Qadir, Rauf, Hasnain, Dahani

It looks highly likely that England will recall Mark Wood here for more ridiculously fast bowling. Wood touched 97 mph in Karachi and was frightening to face.

Possible England XI: Salt, Jacks, Malan, Duckett, Brook, Moeen, S Curran, Dawson, Rashid, M Wood, Topley

Pakistan vs England 5th T20 Odds

Harry Brook to hit a 4 and a 6 – 8/11

Brook has been a sensation all season domestically but has finally come to the attention of world cricket during this series. His scores of 42*, 31, 81* and 34 have come as a combination of brutal hitting, unbelievable timing and ball striking, without taking too many chances.  He has managed a four and a six in his last three games and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him do so again on Wednesday. 

Mark Wood top England bowler – 4/1

Wood was magnificent in the 3rd T20 and several Pakistan batsmen looked deeply uncomfortable facing his 95+ mph deliveries. After experimenting with Olly Stone, England will now go back to the tried and trusted Durham man and I can see him causing havoc again here.

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