The second match of the three T20 series between England and Pakistan will begin shortly at Old Trafford, Manchester. Batting first after losing the toss, Pakistan scored 195 runs for 4 wickets. The England team, chasing the target, has scored more than 120 runs for 2 wickets. Currently, Eoin Morgan and David Malan are at the crease.
At the same time, for Pakistan team Mohammad Hafeez scored 69 off 36 balls and captain Babar Azam scored 56 runs in 44 balls. This is Babar’s 15th career and Hafeez’s 12th half-century. Apart from these, Fakhar Zaman also scored 36 runs off 22 balls. Adil Rashid of England took 2 wickets, while Chris Jordan and Tom Karan got 1-1 wickets.
Hafeez is the second Pakistani to complete 2 thousand runs
Hafeez has also completed 2 thousand runs in T20 career. He is the second batsman after Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik to do so. At the moment, Hafeez has scored 2061 runs in 93 matches. While Malik has 2335 runs in 115 T20s. Malik is the fourth batsman in the overall list and Hafeez is the 9th batsman. In this case, Indian captain Virat Kohli is on top. He has 2794 runs in 82 T20s.
England did not win T20 in Manchester for 5 years
England have not won a T20 match in Manchester for 5 years. He won the last match against New Zealand in 2015 by 56 runs at this ground. He has since played three matches on this ground. He has lost two of this. Last time in 2018, India defeated them by 8 wickets, while two years ago Pakistan beat them by 9 wickets. In such a situation, he has a chance to win on Sunday.
England: Tom Benton, Johnny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), David Malan, Eoin Morgan (captain), Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Tom Karan, Louis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Shakib Mehmood.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Aamir, Shaheen Afridi and Harris Rauf.
England made a clean sweep to Pakistan in 2010
The two countries are having 2 or more T20 series after 2010 in England. Pakistan had a clean sweep by the hosts 10 years ago. Since then, there has been no three T20 series in England between the two countries.
First T20 was rainy due to rain
Earlier, the match in Manchester on Friday was inconclusive due to rain. Pakistan won the toss and invited England to bat. England, batting first, scored 131 runs at the loss of 6 wickets in 16.1 overs. Chris Jordan 2 and Sam Billings were playing for 3 runs. Then it started raining.
The umpires decided to cancel the match as the outfield was too wet. Tom Benton scored the highest score of 71 in this match for England. He made his first fifty in T20. At the same time, Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan took two wickets each for Pakistan.
Head to head
There have been 16 T20s between the two countries so far. In this, England has won 10 matches and Pakistan has won 4 matches. One match was tied and one was inconclusive. At the same time, Pakistan’s record in England is not good. Pakistan have played 7 T20s here. Of this, he has won only 2, while 4 have suffered defeat. One match was inconclusive.
Team won 4 times chasing target in Manchester
The fast bowlers in Manchester are expected to help initially. However, later the pitch becomes good for batting. It can be guessed that out of the 9 matches on this ground so far, the team has won only by chasing the target, whereas the team batting first has been destined to win. Three matches have been inconclusive, while one had to be canceled.