PAK vs ENG: Preview, Prediction, Likely lineups for third T20I

The hosts are 1-0 up in the four-match series

By Web Desk
May 27, 2024
Babar Azam plays a cut short. - PCB

England will lock horns against Pakistan in the third T20I at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Tuesday, May 28.

The hosts are 1-0 up in the four-match series after defeating Babar Azam and his men in the second T20I courtesy of standout performances from captain Jos Buttler, Will Jacks, Moeen Ali, and Jofra Archer.

The Men in Green will aim to bounce back and put on a strong performance against the hosts.

England will rely on in-form players such as opening batter Phil Salt, along with newcomer Will Jacks, Jonny Bairstow, and all-rounder Moeen Ali to score the bulk of the runs.

Notably, regular captain Buttler is set to miss the third T20I due to paternity leave. Consequently, Moeen Ali has been handed the captaincy in his absence. This likely means that England will play all-rounder Sam Curran and push Jonny Bairstow to open the innings with Phil Salt.

On the other hand, Pakistan will look to have their batters return to form. Only Fakhar Zaman smashed a 21-ball 45 while others struggled.

Pakistan will hope pacers Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, and Haris Rauf, as well as spinners Imad Wasim and Abrar Ahmed can dismantle England's batting lineup.

They are expected to make a few changes in their lineups, considering the matches are for the T20 World Cup 2024 preparations.

The third T20I between Pakistan and England will begin at 10:30pm PST (which is 5:30pm GMT).

However, there is a high chance of rain tomorrow in Cardiff which could affect the match. According to The Weather Channel, there is a 92 per cent chance of downpour on Tuesday.

Likely lineups

Pakistan: Usman Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Azam Khan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Amir, Abrar Ahmed

England: Jonny Bairstow, Phil Salt (wk), Will Jacks, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali (c), Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Reece Topley

Prediction

England appeared strong in both departments in the second T20I, while Pakistan faced some challenges with their batting form. Therefore, we predict that England will win the third game as well.

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