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PAK vs ENG 6th T20I Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Pakistan vs England (PAK vs ENG)

Date: September 30, Friday, 8.00 PM IST

Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Pakistan and England will meet for the sixth T20 of the seven-match series on September 30 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The hosts, who currently lead the series 3-2, will be looking to win the series by winning the sixth match.  

England won the first T20I by chased down 159 in 19.2 overs after Alex Hales scored a half century, but they lost the second T20I, in which they were unable to defend 199 as Mohammed Rizwan (88), and Babar Azam (103) wreaked havoc. England bounced back to win the third T20I by 63 runs after defending 221, while Pakistan won the fourth match after bowling out the opposition for 163.

The Babar Azam-led side didn’t put up a great batting performance in the fifth T20I, but their bowlers did an excellent job to win them the match. They were bowled out for 145 in 19 overs, after which the bowlers stepped up to defend the target. Each of the bowlers picked up at least one wicket to help Pakistan win by six runs.

Ahead of the 6th 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, 6th T20I

The pitch at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore is well balanced for both batsmen and bowlers in limited-overs cricket. We saw this in the previous game as well, in which both the batsmen and bowlers did well. The fast bowlers have historically fared well on this wicket.

A total of 19 T20s have been played at this venue, of which 11 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 due to a calf strain, was expected to return for the Lahore leg. However, as per latest reports, he will be missing the entire series to be able to be fit ahead of the World Cup. Moeen Ali will continue to be 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 continues to warm the bench due to the injury he sustained before the Asia Cup. Usman Qadir injured himself in the fourth T20I, and was replaced by Shadab Khan in the fifth T20I. Naseem Shah is out with Covid19. Mohammed Rizwan injured himself in the fifth T20I and his availability for the next game has not been confirmed yet.

Squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, 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:  Babar Azam (c), 2 Mohammad Rizwan/Mohammad Haris (wk), 3 Shan Masood, 4 Haider Ali, 5 Iftikhar Ahmed, 6 Asif Ali, 7 Mohammad Nawaz, 8 Shadab Khan, 9 Aamer Jamal, 10 Haris Rauf/Mohammad Hasnain, 11 Mohammad Wasim

Head to head record

England and Pakistan have faced each other in 26 T20 matches, of which England have won 16 whereas Pakistan have come out on top nine times.

Total matches – 26

England – 16

Pakistan – 9

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI PAK vs ENG, 6th T20I

Babar Azam – batsman, Pakistan

Skipper Babar Azam was dismissed for just nine runs in the last game but is indispensable to your fantasy team. He scored an unbeaten 110 off 66 balls at a strike rate of 166 in the second T20I and is currently one of the best in the business. The no. 3 batsman in ICC T20I rankings, Babar Azam needs 52 more runs to reach 3000 in T20Is.

Mohammed Rizwan – wicketkeeper batsman, Pakistan

Mohammed Rizwan is the leading run-scorer in the on-going series with 315 runs in five matches and a strike rate of over 140. He has already scored four half centuries in five games and will now be looking for his fifth fifty of the series. In all, Rizwan batsman has an average of almost 54 in T20Is.

Haris Rauf – bowler, Pakistan

Haris Rauf is the leading wicket taker this series with eight wickets in five matches. Rauf was also named the Player of the Match in the fourth game for picking up three wickets while conceding 32 runs.

Moeen Ali – all-rounder, England

Moeen Ali was England’s best batsman in the fifth T20I. He top scored for the side with an unbeaten 51 runs off 37 balls. Among the most experienced players in the team, Ali has a batting average and strike rate of 22.75 and 146.69 in 60 T20Is.

Harry Brook – batsman, England

Harry Brook is the leading run-scorer for England with 192 runs in five matches at an average of 64 and a strike rate of 164.1. He scored his maiden half-century in the third game. Although Brook has played just nine T20Is, he boasts of a strike rate of over 150.

MPL fantasy XI – PAK vs ENG, 6th 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 30.

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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