England vs Pakistan 2nd Test in Southampton live starts at 3.30pm IST on August 13. After an emphatic victory in the series opener, Joe Root’s men will hope to seal the series in the upcoming 2nd Test in Southampton. However, the absence of Ben Stokes will take a toll on the team but the Three Lions lineup boasts of several match winners who can turn around the fortunes in their favour.
For Pakistan, while the pace attack has looked a lethal force, the batting department apart from Shan Masood has failed to deliver the goods. The Men in Green will face an uphill task in the upcoming Test in Ageas Bowl, but the absence of Ben Stokes from the remaining two Tests can very well give them an edge.
Match details and streaming (Pakistan tour of EngIand 2020)
August 5-9: 1st Test; Old Trafford, Manchester- ENG won by 3 wickets
August 13-17: 2nd Test; Rose Bowl, Southampton
August 21-25: 3rd Test; Rose Bowl, Southampton
Time: All matches start at 3:30 pm (IST)
TV: Sony Six, Sony Six HD
Live Streaming: SonyLIV app
Pitch Report (Pakistan tour of England 2020)
While the Southampton pitch has always favoured the pacers, spinners too have found success of late and could be a key factor in deciding the fate of the match. Even if there is rainfall, there could still be time for a result as we witnessed in the West Indies series.
Weather forecast (Pakistan tour of EngIand 2020)
The weather forecast for the 2nd Test in Southampton looks a bit cloudy with a couple of showers and thunderstorms expected on the first two days of the game.
Possible Playing XI for England vs Pakistan 1st Test (Pakistan tour of EngIand 2020)
In the absence of Ben Stokes, who is set to miss out the remainder of the series due to family reasons, Zak Crawley seems like the obvious candidate to replace him. Also, seamer Ollie Robinson have been recalled to the England Test side amid speculations of James Anderson calling his retirement from Test cricket.
England possible XI: 1. Rory Burns, 2. Dominic Sibley, 3. Zak Crawley, 4. Joe Root (c), 5. Ollie Pope, 6. Jos Buttler (wk), 7. Chris Woakes, 8. Jofra Archer, 9. Dom Bess, 10. Stuart Broad, 11. Ollie Robinson/James Anderson
The Pakistan pace attack of Afridi-Shah-Abbas has delivered the goods in the first Test despite the side succumbing to an unfortunate loss. It will be interesting to see the composition of Pakistan’s bowling attack with a pool of promising youngsters vying for a spot.
Pakistan possible XI: 1. Shan Masood, 2. Abid Ali, 3. Azhar Ali (c), 4. Babar Azam, 5. Asad Shafiq, 6. Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 7. Shadab Khan/Fawad Alam, 8. Yasir Shah, 9. Shaheen Shah Afridi, 10. Naseem Shah, 11. Mohammad Abbas
Match Prediction (Pakistan tour of EngIand 2020)
While Pakistan squandered the series opener after dominating the match for the major part, the Men in Green will be seeking to make amends for their errors in the upcoming 2nd Test. Also the absence of Ben Stokes can prove key, and the Azhar Ali-led side will look to capitalize on it to secure a victory in the must-win tie.