ENG vs PAK 3rd T20: Babar Azam’s Pakistan and hosts England will square off in what will be the deciding game of their three-match T20I series on Tuesday. Both teams have won one game apiece as the action shifts to Manchester, in what promises to be a feisty contest. Pakistan are looking to restore some lost pride after their ODI series whitewash, while England are hoping to retain yet another series at home as they build on to the T20 World Cup.
Insidesport.co looks at five players who could make a mark a mark in the ENG vs PAK 3rd T20.
ENG vs PAK 3rd T20: Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan has been one of the stalwarts of this Pakistan T20 side, and his move to the top order has only paid dividends for the Men in Green. The wicket-keeper was in imperious form in the opening T20I, and Pakistan will hope for a repeat of the same in a bid to clinch the series. Rizwan has formed a potent opening partnership with captain Babar Azam and the onus will be on them to provide a quick start. Rizwan has scored at a strike rate of 142.85 this series, and will certainly be a man to watch out for on Tuesday.
ENG vs PAK 3rd T20: Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone has become a sort of fan favourite over the course of the Pakistan series, and his performances in the two games should put him in good stead for a place in the T20 World Cup squad. The Lancashire star scored a devastating century in the first T20I, following it up with a 23-ball 38 in the second game before a bizarre dismissal. Liam Livingstone will be itching to continue his good run with the bat, and Pakistan will have their work cut out of if the Perth Scorchers gets going.
ENG vs PAK 3rd T20: Shaheen Afridi
One of the bright spots in this series, Shaheen Afridi showcased why he is regarded as one of the most potent fast bowling talents around the globe. In the second game where England scored 200, Afridi returned with figures of 1/28 in his 3.5 overs, giving nothing away from the batsmen. He had taken 3/30 in a player of the match performance in the first game, and England will certainly have to find a way to counter the 21-year-old’s threat if they want to win the decider.
ENG vs PAK 3rd T20: Dawid Malan
The world’s No.1 T20I batsman has struggled to get going, registering just a solitary run in both games. While Dawid Malan’s numbers over the past 12 months are unquestionable, such is the competition for places in the England squad that a poor run of games could see the left-hander lose out his place in the team. Malan will be determined to ensure that it doesn’t happen and will look to bounce back in the decider against Pakistan.
ENG vs PAK 3rd T20: Babar Azam
The Pakistan skipper is definitely one of the first players in the world at present, and a lot will be riding on his shoulders if Pakistan have to win the series and make a mark in the T20 World Cup later this year. Babar Azam has been in fine form recently and scored a mammoth 158 in the final ODI, following it with scores of 85 and 22 in the T20Is. The Men in Green will hope that Azam can put in yet another sift on Tuesday, as they prepare for the decider at Old Trafford.