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In the 5th T20 match, the Pakistan team made a splendid performance by defeating the England team by 6 runs in a thrilling match to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Batting first, the Pakistan team set a target of 146 runs in front of the England team due to opener Mohammad Rizwans innings of 66 runs.
David Malan, Moeen Ali tried to handle the team with smart batting but he failed to win the team. For Pakistan team, Haris Rauf took 2 wickets in the last match, while David Willey, Sam Curran, and Mark Wood performed excellent bowling for the England team, In this match, the England team would like to perform well with the intention of leveling the series.
Pakistan had won a thriller in the last game. Where Moeen Ali failed to score 15 runs in 6 balls.
There has been tremendous competition in the seven-match series. Englands team has performed wonderfully in this series. But in the last two matches, getting close to winning the match proved to be bad for the team somewhere. Todays match is considered very important for England. With the loss of the match, the England team will also lose the series. In such a situation, Moeen Ali will once again try to bring his team on the winning track.
In this series, Englands fast bowler Mark Wood surprised everyone with his bowling. He is the fastest bowler in the entire series. In the fifth match played in Lahore, he sent three Pakistani batsmen to the pavilion. In his four-over spell, he picked up three crucial wickets for just 20 runs. today The team is also going to have a lot of hope from him in the upcoming match.
Pakistan have won three games, but they are yet to get answers for middle-order woes. Five matches have been gone and still Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Haider Ali, and Nawaz are yet to make vital contributions. The pressure on Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam to contribute at the top is immense. If either one of the players fails, then the middle-order batters fail to finish games. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam will probably open the inning. Shan Masood will bat at the one-down position. Iftikhar-Ahmed and Haider Ali will handle the middle-order batting. Babar Azam will lead Pakistan as a Captain. He is also a good Batsman Mohammad Rizwan will do the Wicket-Keeping for Pakistan. Mohammad Nawaz and Iftikhar-Ahmed will take care of the spin bowling of his team. Haris Rauf and Mohammad Wasim will lead the pace attack of his team.
1.Mohammad Rizwan(WK), 2.Babar Azam(C), 3.Shan Masood, 4.Iftikhar-Ahmed, 5.Haider Ali, 6.Mohammad Nawaz, 7.Asif Ali, 8.Shadab Khan, 9.Haris Rauf, 10.Aamir Jamal, 11.Mohammad Wasim
1.Alex Hales, 2.Philip Salt(WK), 3.Dawid Malan, 4.Ben Duckett, 5.Harry Brook, 6.Moeen Ali(C), 7.Sam Curran, 8.Chris Woakes, 9.David Willey, 10.Adil Rashid, 11.Mark Wood
This pitch is friendly to the batsmen, although the bowlers get a lot of help on this pitch in the beginning but still winning the toss and batting first will be the right decision on this pitch. Batting in the first innings has looked a bit easier, here the average score of the first innings is 155 runs. The batting in the second innings looked a bit difficult. Thats why 40 percent of the matches have been won while chasing the target.
On the day of PAK vs ENG match, the temperature will be around 30 degrees in the evening and the weather will be clear for good cricket. Humidity will be close to 70 percent and dew may also occur.