PAK vs ENG Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match?
England won the first T20I by six wickets and hence hosts Pakistan will be eager to make it 1-1 in the second game.
Pakistan and England will face off in the second game of the ongoing seven-match T20I series in Karachi on Thursday, September 22. England have their noses in front after their win in the opening encounter on Tuesday (September 20), they chased down the target of 159 by six wickets and four balls to spare.
With 68 runs off 46 balls, Mohammad Rizwan top-scored for the hosts. But debutant, Luke Wood, starred with the ball for the visitors, bagging three wickets for 24 runs in four overs. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid also chipped in with two wickets for 27 runs in four overs.
England’s chase was steered well by opener Alex Hales, who scored a fifty on his England return (53 runs off 40 balls). But the finishing touch was given by Harry Brook, who played an explosive unbeaten 42-run knock off 25 balls. Wood was given the Player of the Match for his performance with the ball.
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
Date & Time: September 22, 8:00 PM IST
Telecast & Live Stream: Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV
The National Stadium in Karachi generally provides a good surface for the batters with some spin on offer. Over the last year, the venue has hosted four T20Is and witnessed three totals of over 200, with the average total during this period being 175. Out of the eight T20Is Karachi has hosted, the teams batting first have won the game five times. Hence, the team winning the toss must bat first and put runs on the board.
Probable Playing XIs:
Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Haider Ali, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Khushdil Shah, Naseem Shah, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani
Phil Salt (wk), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali (c), Sam Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Luke Wood, Richard Gleeson
Probable Best Performers
Probable Best Batter of the Match:
Mohammad Rizwan has been one of the most prolific T20I batters over the last year or so. In 2022, he has scored 372 runs in eight T20Is at an excellent average of 53.14 with four fifties and a top score of 78*. His last two innings have yielded two fifties and he is expected to be among the runs again. He is currently the number one batter in T20Is in the ICC Rankings.
Probable Best Bowler of the Match
Coming on the back of an impressive spell in the first match, Adil Rashid, will be a threat for the Pakistan batters, given that the game will be held at the same venue. He got the prized wicket of Babar Azam, along with Shan Masood in the first match. Adil has taken 11 wickets in nine games this year, with an economy rate of 6.96. He is the third-ranked T20I bowler in the world right now, behind Josh Hazlewood and Tabraiz Shamsi.
Today’s Match Prediction: Pakistan to win the match