Expect the second Test between England and Pakistan to be a close contest as well when the two sides lock horns at The Rise Bowl stadium in Southampton on Thursday. In the first Test, while chasing the target, many hopes were shattered when Stokes departed. It looked like Pakistan are running away with the win. But a 139-run partnership between Buttler and Chris Woakes won the match for the home team.
Jos Buttler departed with 21 runs still to win by Yasir Shah, prompting the promotion of Stuart Broad. Broad too departed with four runs remaining but the lucky Woakes got a thick edge as the ball rushed towards the gap to see the English side burst with joy.
England showed resilience in the second innings, which proved that they can bat deep down the order. It also should be understood that their second innings batting performance came against a Pakistan side, who were top-notch with their bowling performance, and thus they were the better team and deserved to win.
Pakistan will be hot on their heels and challenging England. There would be pressure on captain Azhar Ali after his failed performances which has landed him in scrutiny. It could be expected that Fawad Alam find and it that case their is also a bit of possibility that Ali loses his spot in the eleven.
England vs Pakistan, 2020, 2nd Test Match Details
The 2nd Test between England and Pakistan will be played on Thursday (August 13) at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The match will start at 11:00 AM local time (03:30 PM IST).
England vs Pakistan, 2020, 2nd Test Pitch Conditions
The pitch will provide support for both teams. Spin will come in handy as Yasir Shah might continue to make the most of it. Batsmen will also look to exploit the conditions on the wicket as it will be surface which will be provide some assistance for them as well.
Average 1st innings score: 335 (In 82 Tests played at the venue)
Matches won batting first: W-33, L-15
England vs Pakistan, 2020, 2nd Test, Dream 11, Fantasy Tips
The batting line-up can be a mix of England and Pakistan with the bowling favouring the visitors side. Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Dominic Sibley are must in the side. With Ben Stokes unavailable for England, Zak Crawley might find a place in the eleven but he is not someone you want to gamble on.
Jos Buttler was terrific in the first Test and he can be picked up as the lone wicket-keeper batsman. Joe Root is under pressure and has not get going to his full potential. This might be the match where he looks to most of his lost form.
In the bowling department, James Anderson might miss out. Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi can be relied on.
England vs Pakistan, 2020, 2nd Test: Injury & Availability Update
Ben Stokes is unavailable as his flown back to New Zealand to spent time with his family.
England vs Pakistan, 2020, 2nd Test: Predicted Playing XI
Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Root (c), Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Dom Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Abbas
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain: Babar Azam, Chris Woakes
Vice-Captain: Jos Buttler, Dom Sibley, Yasir Shah
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Wicket-keeper– Mohammad Rizwan, Jos Buttler
Batsmen– Shan Masood, Babar Azam (vc), Joe Root, Rory Burns, Ollie Pope
All-rounder– Chris Woakes (c)
Bowler– Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Stuart Broad
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket
Wicket-keeper– Jos Buttler
Batsmen– Fawad Alam, Babar Azam (c), Shan Masood, Joe Root, Dom Sibley
All-rounder– Chris Woakes (vc)
Bowler– Yasir, Shah Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, James Anderson