PAK vs ENG Weather Report Live Today And Pitch Report Of Headingley Stadium– 1st T20I, Pakistan tour of England 2024

Updated - 22 May 2024, 05:51 PM

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Headingley is all set to host the PAK vs ENG 1st T20I on May 22, from 11 pm IST. May 22,  also marks the day when Rajasthan Royals will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2024 Eliminator and hene Jos Buttler will be keeping an eye on that match as well. 

England will be led by Jos Buttler. They are playing this series against Pakistan who were the finalists of the T20 World Cup 2022. The Men in Green are fresh from a T2-I series win against Ireland. England are currently third in the ICC T20I rankings while Pakistan placed seventh. 

The visitors have not yet announced their T20 World Cup squad. The deadline for naming the squads is May 25 which means that they will have to name the squad in this ongoing series.

The two teams have played 29 T20Is to date with England having won 19 games while Pakistan nine. Thus the balance is very much shifted towards England in the T20I format. The series ends on May 30 and Pakistan have a chance to lessen the difference.  

The series serves as the ideal preparation for both teams for the T20 World Cup. England had to call back all their players playing in IPL 2024. Buttler and Phil Salt will miss the IPL playoffs for RR and KKR respectively.

Pakistan have recalled Hasan Ali for the series. Babaz Azam was reinstated as the captain ahead of the series against Ireland. He will have a tough job against England. Haris Rauf and Azam Khan who missed the T20I series against Ireland are back for this series.

Previously Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim had taken back their international retirements and made themselves available for the T20 World Cup 2024. 

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PAK vs ENG Weather Report Live Today And Pitch Report Of Headingley Stadium– 1st T20I, Pakistan tour of England 2024

PAK vs ENG Weather Report Of Leeds

The match starts at 11 pm IST in India which is 6.30 pm local time at Leeds. There is a forecast of rain in the morning which is almost 96 percent. There will be 100 percent cloud cover in the daytime. 

The temperatures will be around 12 degrees in the evening with "Considerable cloudiness with a little rain" as per Accuweather. There is a 55 percent chance of rain which is enough to play spoilsport in the contest.

PAK vs ENG Pitch Analysis

So far just two T20Is have been played at this venue. England have defeated Pakistan previously at Headingley in 2021. The average score batting first is close to 200 while that batting second dips down to around 150. The pitch has good bounce and carry and is best suited to batting first. It grips in the second half as well. 

Weather Impact on PAK vs ENG 1st T20I, 2024, 

As per Accuweather, there is "Considerable cloudiness with a little rain" expected in the eveningRain will play spoilsport in the match for sure it looks like. The weather conditions around will be very cold at 12 degrees with 98 percent cloud cover. 

There is a 55 percent chance of rain in the evening. We can have a truncated game. There might be no game as well if the ground conditions don't allow so.

Conclusion

In case there is no game in the PAK vs ENG first T20I, the rest of the three games will all be must-win games for the two respective teams. The contest will only intensify if that happens and both teams would look for a series win heading into the T20 World Cup.

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