After a fascinating and historic Test series, the focus now shifts to the shortest format of the game. England and Pakistan are all set to play a three-match T20I series. The series will kick off at the Old Trafford, Manchester at 10:30 PM IST on August 28 (Friday).
The hosts England have a point to prove after losing their last ODI against Ireland. Whereas Pakistan will be hoping to get off the mark and register their first victory of the tour.
Both sides have exciting talents in their ranks which will make the series enthralling. It will be a nice duel between Babar Azam and the English bowlers. On the other hand, Mohammad Amir will aim to spread dominance over the England top-order especially Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow as they strive to win their first game of the tour.
The conditions are likely to stay overcast throughout the T20 match. Hopefully, the rain gods stay away during the duration of the match and we see a cracking contest between two strong sides.
England vs Pakistan, 1st T20I – Fantasy Tips
It is important to pick a balanced side as it will make your team stronger. The likes of Johnny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings have been in brilliant form and should be part of your side.
On the other hand, the number 1 T20I batsman and Pakistan skipper Babar Azam should be a certainty in your squad. Moreover, the skilful Mohammed Amir will also play a critical role in all the 3 matches of the T20 series. The experienced duo of Hafeez and Shoaib Malik can also be picked in the squad as they contribute in all departments.
The Old Trafford surface has granted equal contest between bat and ball. Due to the overhead conditions, the ball will seam and swing for the fast bowlers which might make life difficult for all the batsmen.
If the sun makes an appearance and the moisture dries out it will also be a good wicket to score runs and hit big shots regularly and we might see a score of around 200 being posted.
Predicted Playing XI
England: Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, David Malan, Eoin Morgan ©, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, David Willey/Saqib Mahmood.
Pakistan: Babar Azam ©, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shahab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Haris Rauf.
Dream 11 Fantasy Picks
Wicket-keeper: Johnny Bairstow
All-Rounder: Imad Wasim, Moeen Ali
Bowler: Mohammad Amir, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid
Best Captain Picks: Babar Azam, Eoin Morgan
Best Vice-Captain Picks: Mohammad Hafeez, Tom Banton
Anything can happen in a T20 match and after their series loss, Pakistan will be eager to prove their point. If their batsman can put a good show they can surely take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Meanwhile, England will remain the favourites as they will be playing in their conditions.