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PAK vs ENG- Match Prediction: Who Will Win The Match Between Pakistan and England? England tour of Pakistan 2022, 7th T20I. Pakistan and England will face off in the seventh and final T20I of the series in Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on Sunday. The series is evenly poised at 3-3 with all to play for in this series finale at Lahore.

The Men in Green managed to register victories in the second, fourth and fifth T20I by ten wickets three runs and six runs, whereas England secured victories in the first, third and sixth T20I by six wickets, sixty-three runs and eight wickets.

England vs Pakistan
England vs Pakistan Photo Credit: (Reuters)

The team management will be concerned over the poor performances of Shan Masood, Haider Ali and Asif Ali, who failed to make a contribution in the previous match. The performance of Haider Ali will also be a concerning one for the team management as he only managed to score 36 runs in the four T20I innings played against England.

On the batting front, the side will be relying on the likes of captain Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, the middle-order trio of Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed and Haider Ali to deliver the bulk of the runs and post a competitive total on the board.

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan (Image Credits: Getty Images)
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan (Image Credits: Getty Images)

Opener Mohammad Rizwan is in top form and is the leading run-getter in the ongoing series with 315 runs averaging 78.75 in 5 T20Is. He was the highest run-getter in Asia Cup 2022 as well. Babar Azam, who had a poor Asia Cup 2022, is the 2nd highest run-getter with 281 runs in 6 T20Is averaging 70.25.

On the bowling front, the onus will be once again on the likes of Mohammad Hasnain, Shahnawaz Dahani, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Wasim Jnr. to produce timely breakthroughs. Naseem Shah has been ruled out after contracting Covid-19. Haris Rauf is the leading wicket-taker with 8 scalps in 5 T20Is averaging 20.62.

In the previous 6th T20I, Mohammad Rizwan was rested while Pakistan skipper Babar Azam top scored with an unbeaten 87 off 59 balls but it went in vain as England reached the target of 170 losing only 2 wickets. In the 5th T20I, Mohammad Rizwan scored 63 as Pakistan won by 6 runs with debutant Aamer Jamal giving only 8 runs in the final over.

Harry Brook, Ben Duckett
Harry Brook, Ben Duckett Photo Credit: (Twitter)

In the 4th T20I, Mohammad Rizwan scored 88 and Haris Rauf picked 3/32 as Pakistan won by 3 runs, successfully defending 166. In the 3rd T20I, England scored 221/3 with Ben Duckett scoring an unbeaten 70 and Harry Brook scoring an unbeaten 81.

In the 2nd T20I, Pakistan successfully chased 200 runs target without losing a wicket with Babar Azam scoring a ton (110*) while Mohammad Rizwan scored 88*. In the 1st T20I, England won by 6 wickets successfully chasing 159 as debutant Luke Wood picked 3/24 while Alex Hales scored 53 upon his return from a long exile.

The visitors will go into the match high on confidence after securing a comprehensive eight-wicket win in the sixth T20I on Friday.  The most pleasing thing for the team management was that Phil Salt managed to find hsi form with the bat in the previous match.

The splendid performances of experienced players like Sam Curran, David Willey and Reece Topley were enough to see England make a tremendous comeback in the T20I series. After a clinical performance from England, the side might make some changes to their playing XI for this series decider.

Phil Salt
Phil Salt (Credits: Twitter)

In the batting department, the hosts will be relying on the likes of openers Phil Salt, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook and Captain Moeen Ali to score the bulk of the runs. In the previous match, wicket-keeper Phil Salt played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top score of 88 not out off 41 balls with the help of thirteen fours and three sixes.

He was well supported by Alex Hales, Dawid Malan and Ben Duckett who produced scores of 27, 26 and 26 not out respectively. On the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of David Willey, Reece Topley, Richard Gleeson, Sam Curran and Adil Rashid to produce timely breakthroughs.

Haider Ali
Haider Ali [Image-Getty]
For Pakistan, Haider Ali was hospitalized after the last game so is unlikely to feature on Sunday. His absence should make way for Khushdil Shah. Mohammad Rizwan and Haris Rauf are both expected to return, likely as straight swaps for Mohammad Harris and Shahnawaz Dahani.

Pakistan Predicted XI:- Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khusdil Shah, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Aamer Jamal, Haris Rauf.

Jos Buttler, Alex Hales
Jos Buttler, Alex Hales. (Photo: Twitter)

Neither side trained on Saturday but with the series on the line, England are likely to field their strongest available side, with Chris Woakes and Mark Wood both in the frame to return. Jos Buttler appears unlikely to play despite making good progress in his rehabilitation from a calf injury and Moeen Ali will continue as captain in his absence.

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England Predicted XI:- Phil Salt (wk), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali (c), Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Mark Wood

PAK vs ENG- Match Prediction: Who Will Win The Match Between Pakistan and England? England tour of Pakistan 2022, 7th T20I

The series is nicely poised at 3-3 and the grand finale is expected to be an exciting one. The visitors pulled off a comprehensive win over Pakistan to level the seven-match T20I series. The expectation is that hosts Pakistan, who are far more experienced compared to the visitors will produce a clinical performance with bat and ball. Therefore, the prediction is for Pakistan to win the match and clinch the series as well.