England vs Pakistan, 1st T20I Live Today Score Aug 28-08-2020
England vs Pakistan, 1st T20I – Live Cricket Score, Commentary
Series: Pakistan tour of England, 2020
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford,Manchester
Date & Time: Aug 28, 06:00 PM LOCAL
England, the second ranked T20I team in the world, are missing a host of first choice players, including Jason Roy who has been ruled out of the series with a side strain. The batting line-up, in particular, is unproven in T20I cricket with Tom Banton, Joe Denly and Sam Billings likely to occupy three of the top six positions in the absence of Roy, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. With the return to fitness of Chris Jordan, one of the leaders of England’s T20 attack, the bowling line-up has more depth and should be able to cope well enough with the absence of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood.
Eoin Morgan’s men beat both New Zealand and South Africa in T20I series during the winter. Although the 2-1 victory over the Proteas was achieved with a more or less full-strength team, the squad which triumphed 3-2 over New Zealand was an experimental one which proved the depth England currently have in their limited overs squad. Those twin series victories continued the good run of form England have showed in this format. Since the start of the 2018 home season, they have won 12 of their 17 T20Is, a run which included a seven wicket victory over Pakistan in a one-off match last summer.
The tourists, who were not so long ago ranked the best international T20 team, have not had such a good time of things away from home. Their last overseas series victory came against Scotland in mid-2018 and they were heavily beaten in Australia towards the end of last year, losing by seven wickets and ten wickets in the two completed matches. By contrast, their record at home is excellent. Since the beginning of 2017, Pakistan have won 18 of 23 T20Is, including two comfortable victories against Bangladesh in Lahore in January. The third game of that series was abandoned because of COVID-19.
What to expect: There has been a lot of rain in Manchester in the three days before this game which means the pitch will no doubt contain some moisture which the fast-bowlers on either side might be able to exploit. Generally, though, the Old Trafford pitch is one of the quickest and truest in the country which is perfect for T20 cricket. The forecast, as ever in Manchester, is mixed with showers forecast throughout Friday. Hopefully there will be enough dry spells to get the game in.
Without the injured Jason Roy, Tom Banton will probably get a chance to impress at the top of the order after batting in the unfamiliar positions of four and five during the ODI series against Ireland. Joe Denly, who missed that series, could return to international action for the first time since being dropped from the Test team while David Willey, Chris Jordan and Tom Curran will likely get the first chance to impress in the fast-bowling department.
Possible XI: Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Joe Denly, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid
The tourists have a 17-man squad for this series which gives them plenty of options. Mohammad Rizwan’s excellent Test series may prompt Pakistan to select him as the wicket-keeper over former captain Sarfraz Ahmed while Babar Azam spoke highly of Shadab Khan’s credentials in the pre-match press conference. As such, Khan looks likely to form a twin spin attack with Imad Wasim. Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir should add plenty of experience and class to the fast-bowling department.
Possible XI: Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi