ENG vs PAK Match Prediction - Who will win today's second T20I?

England vs Pakistan Match Prediction – Who will win today’s 2nd T20I match between ENG vs PAK?

The hosts are likely to make a couple of changes after the defeat in Nottingham.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. (Photo by Zac Goodwin/PA Images via Getty Images)

Preview

England and Pakistan were involved in a run-fest in Friday’s match at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Both teams scored in excess of 200 runs, but after loads of twists and turns, the Men in Green came out trumps by 31 runs.

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan set the tone for the visiting team from the start. Thereafter, the bowlers stepped up and restricted the Three Lions’ batters. For the home team, Liam Livingstone went berserk and scored his maiden T20I century off 42 balls, but his knock went in vain.

The second game of the three-match series is set to take place on Sunday, July 18 at the Headingley. It’s a must-win affair for the hosts to stay alive in the series.

In the first match, a number of England’s stalwarts, including Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid and others didn’t play. They might make a return keeping in mind the situation. For Pakistan, they will be desperate to carry on with the winning momentum.

Match Details

Match – England vs Pakistan – 2nd T20I

Venue – Headingley, Leeds

Time – 07:00 PM IST, 02:30 PM Local

Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network and Sony Liv

Pitch Report

The venue at the Headingly in Leeds hasn’t hosted a single T20I game thus far. Hence, it’s hard to tell how the track would behave. Hence, bowling first and seeing the nature of the strip should be the way forward for both teams. The conditions will be partly sunny with the temperature around 26 degrees Celsius. The humidity will mostly be in the 50s.

Note- The venue has hosted 78 Tests and 45 ODIs.

Playing Combinations for ENG vs PAK

England

Predicted XI

Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (C), Liam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Lewis Gregory, David Willey, Tom Curran, Saqib Mahmood, Adil Rashid/Matt Parkinson

Bench: Tom Banton, Matt Parkinson/Adil Rashid, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan

Pakistan

Predicted XI

Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Babar Azam (C), Azam Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Maqsood, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain

Bench: Arshad Iqbal, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Usman Qadir, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Sharjeel Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Nawaz

ENG vs PAK Head-to-Head

Overall

Played – 19 | England – 12 | Pakistan – 6 | Tie – 0 |N/R – 1

In England

Played – 10 | England – 5 | Pakistan – 4 | Tie – 0 |N/R – 1

Probable best batsman of the match

Jason Roy- England

Jason Roy got off to an impressive start in the first match of the series in Nottingham. He was rollicking along, having scored 32 runs off 13 balls at a strike rate of 246.15. His knock was laced with two fours and three massive sixes, but he got out to Shadab Khan. In 2021, Roy has gotten quite a few scores in the 30s and 40s and it’s now time for him to get a big score under his belt.

Probable best bowler of the match

Shaheen Shah Afridi- Pakistan

Shaheen Shah Afridi was outstanding in the opening match. He bagged the Player of the Match award after he ended with a spell of 3.2-0-30-3. He got the prized wickets of opener Dawid Malan, who got a duck, the dangerous Jonny Bairstow and Matthew Parkinson. He bowled five wides but made up for them with the crucial scalps. The southpaw will again be expected to deliver.

Today’s match prediction: England are expected to win this match.

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.