Following a stunning win in the first Test, England will hope to keep the winning momentum going when they lock horns with Pakistan in the second fixture. The Multan Cricket Stadium will host the encounter, starting on Friday, December 9.
After opting to bat first, England posted a massive total of 657. Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, and Harry Brooks scored centuries. England’s bowling looked impressive with Will Jacks was the pick of the bowlers, taking six wickets. The hosts bowled Pakistan out for 572 runs in their first innings.
England then put enough pressure on Pakistan’s bowling line-up in the second innings declaring their innings on 264 for 7 going at the run rate of 7.36 runs per over. Ollie Robinson and James Anderson produced magical spells in the second innings as they bowled out Pakistan for 269 to win the tie in the final hour of the game.
A confident England side have been bolstered by the return of Mark Wood, who missed the first Test due to injury. It will be interesting to see how Stokes and Co. come all guns blazing to wrap up the series. Pakistan too will be considering making changes to their bowling line-up after a lacklustre display in the first half.
Details: Pakistan (PAK) vs England (ENG), 2nd Test
Venue: Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan
Date and Time: December 9-12, 10:30 am IST
With a dry pitch on offer, the spinners are likely to come into action earlier in the game. The team winning the toss will look to bat first on this wicket.
Predicted Playing XI
Pakistan (PAK): Babar Azam(C), Khushdil Shah, Azhar Ali, IU Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Zahid Mahmood
England (ENG): Harry Brook, Will Jacks, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes (C), BM Duckett, Mark Wood, James Anderson, MJ Leach, Ollie Robinson
England secured a thumping win in the first Test and will be eager to seal the series. They are likely to win the match and wrap up the rubber. However, Betway has placed its odds in favour of a draw at 3.00.
PAK vs ENG – Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Ollie Pope, Imam-ul Haq, Babar Azam (C), Zak Crawley (VC), Harry Brook, Abdullah Shafique, Will Jacks, Ben Stokes, Naseem Shah, Ollie Edward Robinson, Zahid Mehmood
Fantasy Team 2: Ollie Pope, Ben Duckett, Imam-ul Haq (vc), Babar Azam, Zak Crawley, Harry Brook (C), Will Jacks, Ben Stokes, Naseem Shah, Ollie Edward Robinson, Zahid Mehmood