On Friday (28th August), the hosts England and the visitors Pakistan will face each other in the first match of the three-match T20I series at Old Trafford (Manchester). It will be a day/night encounter.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has hugely disturbed the world, the upcoming Friday match will be the first T20I in England in this year. Meanwhile, it will also be the second men’s T20I in the ongoing 2020 season (first T20I was between Guernsey and Isle of Man at St Peter Port on 21st August 2020).
England vs Pakistan 2020, 1st T20I: Match Details
Old Trafford (Manchester) will host this opening game of this three-match T20I series between England and Pakistan on Friday (28th August) evening. This match will begin at 18:00 local time (22:30 IST).
England vs Pakistan 2020, 1st T20I: Pitch Report
Old Trafford (Manchester) usually doesn’t provide the very high-scoring pitches in T20Is. While the first batting teams generally struggle, the second batting team mostly enjoys the chasing. Out of the five finished T20Is at this venue, chasing teams won four matches.
However, if we see the recent overall T20 cricket records at this venue, it is tough to chase even 150-160 totals.
Average first innings total at this venue (only completed T20I innings): 138.33
T20I Match Results at this venue: 1st Batting team won – 1 match; 2nd Batting team won – 4 matches.
England vs Pakistan 2020, 1st T20I: Weather Forecast
Recently concluded England vs Pakistan Test series was hugely affected due to the rain. Talking about the upcoming opening T20I match, there is a good chance of raining at Old Trafford on Friday morning and afternoon. But while this T20I has been scheduled as a day/night encounter as it will begin at 06:00 PM local time, we can see a full game as there is a very lesser chance of raining since the early evening.
England vs Pakistan 2020, 1st T20I: Dream 11, Fantasy Tips
It will be the first T20I for the English side in the ongoing home season. The second-ranked T20I side England are favourite in this series. Even the opener Jason Roy will miss this entire T20I series due to an injury, they still have enough quality players in the squad.
In early this month, while England won the home ODI series against Ireland by 2-1, English captain Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings performed really well with the bat. Moreover, Jonny Bairstow is also famous for dangerous batting in the T20 format.
During the recent home ODI series against Ireland, David Willey highly impressed as an all-rounder as he won the Player of the Series award after finishing as the most wicket-taker in that series (8 wickets) as well as he also scored 98 runs in that three-match series (average 98.00).
The T20 specialist bowler Chris Jordan is also ready to make a fresh start. While Adil Rashid continued his top bowling performances during the recent home ODI series against Ireland, young pacer Saqib Mahmood also impressed with the ball in hand in that series.
It will be the first T20I for Pakistan since last January. In entire 2019, the no.4-ranked T20I side Pakistan had weak performances in this shortest format. Consistency among the players is always the big issue for this team.
Some of their top consistent performers in T20I cricket are the no.1-ranked T20I batsman Babar Azam, no.7-ranked T20I bowler Imad Wasim, no.9-ranked T20I bowler Shadab Khan etc. Opening batsman Fakhar Zaman is also a crucial member of this side.
England vs Pakistan 2020, 1st T20I: Injury & Availability Update
England: Opener Jason Roy has been ruled out from this home T20I series due to a left side strain.
Pakistan: There are no official injury and availability issues in the Pakistan T20I squad.
England vs Pakistan 2020, 1st T20I: Predicted Playing XI
England: Tom Banton, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (C), Sam Billings, Lewis Gregory, David Willey, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan and Saqib Mahmood
Pakistan: Babar Azam (C), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Haider Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Hasnain
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection
Captain: Babar Azam, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow
Vice-captain: David Willey, Shoaib Malik
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket
Wicket-keeper(s) – Jonny Bairstow (C), Sam Billings
Batsmen – Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton, Babar Azam (vc)
All-Rounder(s) – David Willey, Sohaib Malik, Imad Wasim
Bowlers – Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mohammad Amir
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket
Wicket-keeper(s) – Jonny Bairstow
Batsmen – Eoin Morgan (C), Dawid Malan, Babar Azam
All-Rounder(s) – Moeen Ali, David Willey (vc), Sohaib Malik, Shadab Khan
Bowlers – Chris Jordan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain
England vs Pakistan 2020, 1st T20I: Live Streaming Details
In India, Sony Ten network will broadcast this match live. This match will also stream live on the Sony Liv app.