ENG vs PAK 1st T20I – Match Preview
After a one-sided victory for England in the ODIs against Pakistan, the focus for the Pakistan Tour of England 2021 shifts to the T20I series. It was a disappointing show from the visitors in the ODIs as they faced a major hammering from a second-string England squad. However, Pakistan will be expected to stage a strong comeback and pose stiff competition for the hosts in the upcoming T20Is.
Morgs returns for the Vitality IT20 series against Pakistan!
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— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 14, 2021
However, for England, most of their senior players will be back in action after missing the ODI series. In the absence of regular skipper Eoin Morgan, the team led by Ben Stokes proved too good for the tourists. Jos Buttler is also announced to be back as vice-captain of the side for the T20s. It will be a great opportunity for some of the key players to get in the groove ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup later this year.
On the other hand, Pakistan had announced their T20I squad earlier for this three-match series. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan found their mojo in the last ODI at Edgbaston. However, if the ‘Men in Green' are to go past the No.1 ranked T20I side, they will need a collective performance from their playing XI.
|Match||Date & Time||Venue||Live Telecast Channel & Streaming|
|ENG vs PAK, 1st T20I||July 16, 11:00 PM IST||Trent Bridge, Nottingham||Sony SIX, Sony LIV App & Website|
What to Expect – Pitch Report & Weather Conditions?
The pitch will be batting friendly at Trent Bridge in the first T20I match between England and Pakistan. Pacers will get some swing in the initial overs but overall batters will dominate this game. The weather will be clear throughout the match and isn't expected to cause any interruptions during the playing hours.
England has announced a full-fledged squad for this three-match T20I series against Pakistan. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow will be back as openers and Jos Buttler is also making his comeback after missing the last series due to injury. Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, and David Willey will be the main bowlers along with Adil Rashid in the bowling department.
Pakistan also announced a different squad for this T20I series against England as some of their T20I specialists have been added to the squad. Sharjeel Khan is likely to open with Fakhar Zaman at the top of the order. Mohammad Hafeez will be the batting mainstay in the middle-order. The experienced campaigner played a decisive role in Pakistan's last T20I series against England in 2020. The likes of Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, and Hasan Ali will have the onus to perform well with the ball in hand.
Probable Playing XI for ENG v PAK 1st T20I
England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (C), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, David Willey.
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hafeez, Azam Khan(wk), Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Usman Qadir.
Top Fantasy Picks for England vs Pakistan 1st T20I
Jos Buttler is making his comeback into the T20I squad as the wicket-keeper batsman. He will open for batting in the first T20I along with Jason Roy. Buttler bats at a higher strike rate hence will allow an opportunity to give maximum fantasy points in the Dream11 team for today's match. Jos Buttler will also keep the wickets in this match against Pakistan.
Dawid Malan has been the consistent performer for England in this white-ball season. The left-handed batsman will play at number three in this T20I match against Pakistan. Malan was the highest run-scorer in the last T20I series against Sri Lanka and he also played a match-winning knock in the ODI series against Pakistan. The No.1 ranked T20I batsman will be the player to watch out for in the three T20Is against Pakistan.
Babar Azam is the best white-ball batsman for Pakistan in this T20I squad. He will play at number three in this match and he will lead his side from the front. The Pakistan skipper played an outstanding knock of 150 in the last ODI against England, showing that he is in brilliant touch. He is a potential choice as the captain in today's Dream11 Match Prediction for 1st ENG vs PAK T20I.
The wicket-keeper batsman has been in good form for the national team. Rizwan had played some good T20 cricket with good consistency. Rizwan was the highest run-scorer in the last T20I series against Zimbabwe and he also played a good knock in the last ODI against England. He will be a key player for Pakistan in this match and also give points with his wicket-keeping.
Dream11 Team Prediction for ENG vs PAK 1st T20I
Wicket-Keeper: Jos Buttler (C), Jonny Bairstow, Mohammad Rizwan
Batsmen: Mohammad Hafeez, Jason Roy, Babar Azam (VC), Dawid Malan
All-Rounder: Lewis Gregory
Bowlers: Chris Jordan, David Willey, Hasan Ali
Dream11 Match Prediction – Who will win the ENG vs PAK 1st T20I?
Pakistan was no match for a depleted English side in the ODI series. The hosts will be low on confidence and could falter against a much-stronger in today's first T20I. Also, considering the recent ENG vs PAK head-to-head record, England has an upper hand. As a result, England will start as favorites to win today's 1st T20I against Pakistan on July 16.