Pakistan tour of England 2020: England Vs Pakistan, Third Test

Joe Root will hope rain will stay out of the contest

Match predictions

Winners Prediction: Rain and bad light played spoilsport in the second Test with only 135 overs being played across 5 days. England has the best bowling attack for these conditions and a solid batting line-up. Pakistan has been slightly off-color in the batting department barring a few individual performances.  We expect England to win this match if the weather does not account for more time. 

Pitch Conditions: The Rose bowl is becoming tough for batsmen with overcast conditions and overnight rains. The seam bowlers might enjoy the swing on offer and we can expect scores in the range of 250-350 runs in the first innings. The weather does not look promising with high chances of rain on days 1, 4, & 5. 

Toss Prediction: Teams will look to bat first on this pitch as no one wants to chase the total in fourth innings usually. We overcast conditions expected on day 1 and better weather on days 2 & 3 teams will look to bat field first in this match. 

Predicted Playing XI

ENGLAND: Joe Root (C), Jos Buttler (Wk), Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Denly, James Anderson, Jofra Archer/Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Dominic Bess, Chris Woakes

PAKISTAN: Azhar Ali (C), Mohammed Rizwan (Wk), Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammed Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Yasir Shah, Fawad Alam

MATCH FACTS

  • England leads the series 1-0 and this is the last match of the series. 
  • Both teams will look to pocket the 40 ICC test championship points on offer in this match weather permitting. 
  • Batting first teams failed to cross the 2650-run mark here in last two test matches. .  

Players to Bet on

ENGLAND

  1. Dominic Sibley – Sibley ahs scores of 32 & 36 in the last two innings he batted but has failed to convert his starts. He will look to post a big score in this match converting his starts. 
  2. Chris Woakes – Chris Woakes will be the No.1 all-rounder for the team with Stokes unavailable currently. He won the Man of the match award in the first test for his match winning 84* with the bat and 4 wickets. 
  3. Stuart Broad – Broad has been the best bowler for England with 26 wickets in last 4 Test matches. He took a 4-for in the last rain affected Test match too in the only innings he bowled. 

PAKISTAN

  1. Babar Azam – Babar Azam has two good scores of 69 & 45 in the three innings he batted. He will look to hit a big century in this last match of the series and help his team to post a good total on board. . 
  2. Yasir Shah – Yasir Shah picked up 9 wickets in the series so far and is Pakistan’s leading wicket-taker. He has also scored some valiant runs with the bat in the lower order. 
  3. Mohammed Abbas – Abbas has been very disciplined with the ball in this series picking up 5 wickets and giving runs at just 2 RPO so far. He will enjoy bowling in the overcast conditions where the ball is expected to swing more. 

DREAM XI Picks:

Wicket-Keeper: Muhammed Rizwan (PAK)

Batsmen: Ollie Pope (ENG), Joe Root (ENG), Babar Azam (PAK), Shan Masood (PAK), Dominic Sibley (ENG)

All-rounders: Chris Woakes (ENG)

Bowlers: Stuart Broad (ENG), Mohammed Abbas (PAK), Yasir Shah (PAK), James Anderson (ENG)

Captain: Stuart Broad (ENG) 

Vice-Captain: Chris Woakes (ENG) or Babar Azam (PAK)

ENG – England

PAK – Pakistan

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Written 2 months ago

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