England and Pakistan will lock horns one last time in this 2020 English summer in the third and final T20I at the bio-secure Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.
‘If rain doesn’t get you, England will’, this has been the theme for Pakistan throughout their trip and the Babar Azam-led unit will be hoping to buck the trend and end the summer with a series-leveling consolation win.
England once gave an account of why they are of the most fearsome batting units in white-ball cricket in the current era. The Eoin Morgan-led unit, despite the absence of the likes of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, made light work of Pakistan’s total of 195 courtesy a whirlwind 112-run stand between the skipper [66 off 33 balls] and Dawid Malan [54* off 36 balls], registering their third-highest successful run-chase in T20I history.
That said, the hosts would like to improve in their bowling department. Each of their three fast bowlers- especially Chris Jordan- were guilty of being consistent straying with the lines, leading to a plethora of extras. All-rounder David Willey could replace one of the seamers in the last T20I. England would also be looking at the form of all-rounder Moeen Ali closely.
Ali had a forgettable game as he bowled just one over in which he conceded ten runs while he could only manage a 2-ball 1 with the bat.
Can Pakistan end the 2020 England tour on a high?
Pakistan, on the other hand, has more questions to answer than England. First of all, what was the need of playing Iftikhar Ahmed when the side already had two specialist spinners in Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim and the part-time option of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik? Secondly, why did Mohammad Amir play when he wasn’t completely fit?
Thirdly, what is the role of Shoaib Malik in the team when he isn’t offering much with the bat or with his off-spin? Fourthly, will be see Haider Ali or Khushdil Shah make their way into the team for the final T20I?
All these questions will only be answered (if at all) when the game commences tomorrow. But will the weather allow it to happen?
England vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd T20I, Manchester – Weather Forecast
According to weather reports in the BBC, clouds and sun are set to play hide and seek throughout the day in Manchester on Tuesday. The temperatures are set to hover between 9-18 degrees Celsius, and while it will be cold and a bit overcast, one can expect a full game on Tuesday.