ENG vs PAK 1st T20: Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali will miss the 1st T20I against England as a precautionary measure due to a leg strain. Babar Azam led Pakistan will take on Eoin Morgan’s England at Trent Bridge on Saturday.
Hasan Ali will be further assessed ahead of the 2nd T20 on July 18 and a call will be taken on participation depending on the situation, GeoTV reported. In a disappointing 0-3 drubbing at the hands of a seconds-string England in the ODI series, Hasan Ali shone brightly in the 2nd ODI, bagging five wickets for 51 runs.
ENG vs PAK 1st T20: After the drubbing, Babar Azam & Co are aiming to bounce back and clinch the three-match T20 series against Eoin Morgan’s England, who have got their first team back after the entire squad was put into isolation following a COVID outbreak in the Three Lions camp ahead of the Pakistan series.
The series is going to be a huge step in preparations for the upcoming T20 World Cup for both teams and nail-biting encounters could be the norm when the series kicks off on Friday. Things will be difficult for the visitors as a host of England regulars will return to the side including captain Eoin Morgan, and here’s how Babar Azam led Pakistan can pull off a comeback in the T20 series.
ENG vs PAK 1st T20: Onus on Babar AZam, Rizwan to give good starts
Pakistan were undone in the ODI series due to the lack of partnerships at the top of the order and the only time they crossed 200 was when two of their top three registered big scores. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan will take a cue from their series win over South Africa earlier this year and hope to give brisk starts, with pitches very conducive for scoring runs in England. Rizwan has the license to take on the bowlers as Azam takes up the anchor role, and both will need to practise their roles to perfection should the Men in Green have any chance to win the series.
ENG vs PAK 1st T20: Take their chances in the field
Fielding has been a major letdown for Pakistan over the years and was the difference between victory and defeat in the third ODI. The visitors dropped Ben Stokes twice and made a series of errors which cost them the initiative. With the England side boasting of fierce quality, any lapses in the field could count massively, and Babar Azam’s side will have to buck up if they have to stand a chance.
ENG vs PAK 1st T20: Afridi, Rauf need to get the death overs right
If there’s one weakness in the England side, it is their lack of a finisher in the death overs. While Eoin Morgan’s side tends to play an attacking brand of cricket, the lack of a designated hitter in the back end of the innings could cost them, and Pakistan should make full use of it. The arrival of Lewis Gregory into the T20I squad is aimed at solving that issue, and Pakistan struggled to contain him in the ODIs, but Shaheen Afridi and Co. will have to keep their lines tight to ensure that England doesn’t run away with the contests.