Match: Pakistan vs England, (PAK vs ENG, 2nd T20I)
Date: September 22, 2022 – 8:00 PM IST
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
Where and what time to watch the match live in India
For those in India, you can watch the live action of the second T20I match between Pakistan and England exclusively on Sony LIV at 8:00 PM IST.
Pakistan vs England, 2nd T20I:
Pakistan missed out on the Asia Cup despite having plenty of bright moments in the final and that seems to have deterred their confidence. In the first T20I against England, they looked a tad bit rusty in both departments, ultimately allowing the visitors to win by six wickets.
Before the team heads to the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia next month, they have six more T20I fixtures at home to sort their ideal combination. They will also halt in New Zealand for a few T20Is against the Kiwis and Bangladesh, which means there is no reason to rush as yet for the side.
England, on the other hand, saw Alex Hales get among the runs instantly after his comeback to replace Jonny Bairstow in the World Cup. Sam Curran and Adil Rashid were pretty solid with the ball in the first innings, with Luke Wood picking three wickets (not in the World Cup squad).
They will look to bat first a few times as well in these seven T20Is, which will give them a good alternate perspective.
Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for PAK vs ENG, 2nd T20I
The National Stadium has proven to be a very high-scoring ground in T20Is and with the boundaries further shortened, we can disregard the first T20I scores as a one-off. The average first innings total here is 188 and we could see some big scores being registered on Thursday.
Weather conditions in Karachi seem pretty normal for an Asia country on the game day, with the temperatures ranging from 28-31 degrees. Despite some clouds hovering around, there is no rain threat for this fixture.
Pakistan – Expected XI and Team News
Skipper Babar Azam confirmed that the team will try to make a few changes in the coming games to experiment a few combinations. However, it is unlikely that any major changes take place right away. Mohammad Rizwan seemed to have some trouble but is expected to be back.
Probable XI – Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani/Mohammad Hasnain
England – Expected XI and Team News
England did not seem to have any major problems besides the injury for Richard Gleeson, which forced him out of the game. Olly Stone could make his way into the XI in the bowling department.
Probable XI – Alex Hales, Phil Salt (wk), Dawid Malan, Harry Brook, Will Jacks, Moeen Ali (C), Sam Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Luke Wood, Olly Stone
Head to head record of PAK vs ENG
England will be keen on maintaining their healthy record against Pakistan. In the 22 T20I outings between the side, the English have won 15 times including their win in the opening game of this series, whilst Pakistan only registered six wins.
England – 15
Pakistan – 6
Tie/No result – 1
2nd T20I: Five players to watch out for in the PAK vs ENG match
Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI:
Mohammad Rizwan: Batter, Pakistan
Mohammad Rizwan currently occupies the number one spot in the ICC Batting Rankings for T20Is. He was the highest run-scorer in the Asia Cup, scoring 281 runs in six innings at an average of 56.2 and registered a stunning 46-ball 68 at a strike rate of 147.83 in the first T20I. He is in the form of his life and is a blessing for all fantasy users. He can be in your fantasy team at 9.5 credits.
Alex Hales: Batter, England
Alex Hales has great burden on his shoulders after making an unexpected return to the English T20 setup. He looked in fine touch in the opening game and all the experience of playing in different leagues, including PSL where he represented Islamabad United this year. He made a 40-ball 53 in the first game but is capable of firing further. He is available at 10 credits.
Luke Wood: Bowler, England
Luke Wood was the pick of the English bowlers in the opening game. He returned with three wickets and was very impressive with his change ups. He provided the crucial breakthroughs of Iftikar Ahmed and Mohammad Nawaz in the death overs, denying any acceleration opportunities for the hosts. He costs 8.5 credits.
Mohammad Nawaz: All-rounder, Pakistan
Although he did not get going in the first game, Mohammad Nawaz is a very handy operator with the bat and ball. We saw a couple of fantastic cameos from his bat in the Asia Cup, where he scored 79 runs at a strike rate of 143.64. He is available at just 8.5 credits and is a valuable addition to your fantasy team.
Babar Azam: Batter, Pakistan
Since the beginning of the Asia Cup, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has not been in the best of form but before that, he was on a roll in T20Is. Since the beginning of 2021, he has featured in 37 T20Is, scoring 1,104 runs at an average of 33.45. He is second only to his opening partner Rizwan among most runs scored in this period across the world. He costs 9.5 credits.
MPL Fantasy XI
Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.