Mohammad Rizwan
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After playing spoilsport in the last two Tests of the three-match series between England and Pakistan, rain crashed the party during the first T20I too. The match was eventually washed out with only 16.1 overs possible. Those overs, however, were enough to expose the home side’s fragility against spin bowling.

England were 131 for 6 when rain ended the match. Out of those six wickets, the hosts lost five to spinners with the other one being a run-out dismissal. In fact, they had lost four wickets for just 14 runs in the space of 19 deliveries before the rain came and forced the game to be abandoned. England will be looking to sort their spin issues and put up a commanding performance in the second game.

As far as positives are concerned, Tom Banton’s batting at the top of the order must have delighted the England management. The youngster top-scored for the side, scoring 71 off 42 balls.

On the other hand, Pakistan will be eyeing their first win on the tour. The Men in Green must have been fancying their chances in the first T20I before rain spoiled their chances.

Toss report:

England have won the toss and decided to bowl first against Pakistan in the second T20I in Manchester.

Playing elevens:


Tom Banton, Jonny Bairstow(w), Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan(c), Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood


Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi