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PAK vs ENG 5th T20I Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Pakistan vs England (PAK vs ENG)

Date: September 28, Wednesday, 8.00 PM IST

Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Pakistan and England will meet for the fifth T20 of the seven-match series on September 28 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Both the teams have won a match each so far in the series. The series is currently locked at 2-2.

In the first T20I, England chased down 159 in 19.2 overs with help from Alex Hale’s half century while in the second T20I, they were unable to defend 199 as Pakistan openers Mohammed Rizwan (88), and Babar Azam (103) took the hosts to a 10-wicket win. England bounced back in the third T20I, winning by 63 runs after successfully defending 221, while Pakistan levelled the series 2-2 by winning the fourth and most recent game.

In the fourth T20I, a knock of 88 from Mohammed Rizwan propelled Pakistan to a first innings total of 166, which seemed an easy target for the visitors. However, the Pakistan bowlers wreaked havoc and bowled out the opposition for 163. Mohammad Nawaz and Haris Rauf picked up three wickets each while Muhammad Hasnain also picked up two. The fourth T20I marked the end of the Karachi leg of the series, and the action now shifts to Lahore.

Ahead of the 5th T20I, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for PAK vs ENG, 5th T20I

The pitch at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore is well balanced for both batsmen and bowlers in limited-overs cricket. The fast bowlers have historically fared well on this wicket.

A total of 18 T20s have been played at this venue, of which 10 have been won by the teams batting first. The average first innings score is 161, while the average second innings score is 147. The highest and lowest total recorded is 197 for 5 and 101 for 10.

The weather in Lahore will be pleasant, with the temperature going up to 30 degrees. Rain is not forecast.

England team news and predicted XI

Team news: Jos Buttler, who missed the Karachi leg of the tournament, was expected to be fit for the Lahore leg. However, as per latest reports, he will be missing the next game as well and could feature in the last two matches of the series. Moeen Ali is at the helm of the team in place of Buttler.

Squad: Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Jordan Cox, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Liam Dawson, Richard Gleeson, Alex Hales, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Luke Wood, Mark Wood

Predicted XI:  1 Phil Salt (wk), 2 Alex Hales, 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Ben Duckett, 5 Harry Brook, 6 Moeen Ali (c), 7 Sam Curran, 8 Liam Dawson, 9 Chris Woakes, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Mark Wood

Pakistan team news and predicted XI

Team news: Shaheen Afridi is yet to fully recover from the injury which kept him out of the Asia Cup. Usman Qadir injured himself in the fourth T20I, and is likely to be replaced by Shadab Khan. Naseem Shah, meanwhile, has been ruled out of the fifth T20I with a viral infection and as his replacement, allrounder Aamer Jamal will make his debut

Squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (vc), Aamir Jamal, Abrar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Shan Masood, Usman Qadir

Predicted XI: 1 Babar Azam (c), 2 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 3 Shan Masood, 4 Iftikhar Ahmed, 5 Khushdil Shah, 6 Asif Ali, 7 Shadab Khan/Usman Qadir, 8 Aamer Jamal, 9 Shahnawaz Dahani, 10 Mohammad Hasnain, 11 Haris Rauf

Head to head record

England and Pakistan have faced each other in 25 T20 matches, of which England have won 16 whereas Pakistan have come out on top eight times.

Total matches – 25

England – 16

Pakistan – 8

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI PAK vs ENG, 5th T20I

Babar Azam – batsman, Pakistan

Skipper Babar Azam, who had a very disappointing campaign at the recent Asia Cup, bounced back strongly in the on-going series. So far in four games, he has scored 185 runs at a strike rate of 149.19. He was particularly impressive in the second T20I, in which he scored an unbeaten 110 off 66 balls at a strike rate of 166. Currently the no. 3 batsman in ICC T20I rankings, Babar Azam 61 more runs to reach 3000 in T20Is.

Mohammed Rizwan – wicketkeeper batsman, Pakistan

Azam’s opening partner Mohammed Rizwan, who was the leading run-scored at the Asia Cup, is now also the leading run-scorer in the on-going series. Rizwan has scored 252 runs in four matches at a strike rate of 141.57 so far. He top scored for Pakistan with a knock of 88 in the fourth T20I and will look to carry the form into the next game. In all, Rizwan batsman has an average of almost 55 in T20Is.

Haris Rauf – bowler, Pakistan

Haris Rauf is the leading wicket taker this series with six scalps in four matches. Rauf bowled a match-winning spell in the last match in which he picked up three wickets while conceding 32 runs.

Harry Brook – batsman, England

Harry Brook is the highest run-scorer for England in this series with 188 runs in four matches at an average of 94 and a strike rate of 174.07. He wasn’t able to convert his start (34) in the fourth game and will look to bounce back to form.

Adil Rashid– bowler, England

Although Adil Rashid did not pick any wickets in the fourth T20I, he is still England’s leading wicket-taker in the series with four wickets in as many matches. Overall, he has taken 87 wickets in 80 T20 internationals.

MPL fantasy XI – PAK vs ENG, 5th T20I

PAK vs ENG – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Pakistan vs England game will televised on the Sony Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Sony Liv app. The match will begin at 8.00 PM IST on September 28.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

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. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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