England vs Pakistan 1st T20 2021 is going to be played at Nottingham, one of the highest-scoring venues in the entire UK. This is the second series that England and Pakistan will be playing against each other in two years. The previous one was played in 2020 and ended in a 1-1 draw. England will be back to full strength for this series as the COVID restrictions have passed and its players have completed the quarantine period. Pakistan will be hoping for a better result than what it was able to achieve in the ODIS.
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England vs Pakistan 1st T20 2021
Teams’ strengths & weaknesses
England is one of the strongest T20 teams in the world. It has a very strong batting lineup with many players capable of getting big scores in T20 cricket. Not only is every single batsman aggressive and fast-scoring naturally but the depth in the team is excellent. This means that a couple of early wickets are not going to bother England. In Adil Rashid, England also has an excellent T20 bowler that is going to challenge the go of the Pakistani batsmen.
England does not really have any major weaknesses. Maybe the lack of runs for Eoin Morgan in the middle-order could be considered a weakness but there is no one doubting Eoin Morgan's place in the team.
Pakistan just completed the PSL a few weeks before. This means that all of its players have been playing T209 cricket regularly and are in the right frame of mind. It also appears that Pakistan is trying to improve its power game and has added some players to help in that direction. of course, the presence of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan has to be the biggest strength for Pakistan right now.
Pakistan's weaknesses are also quite obvious. The fielding was a huge let-down for the team in the final ODI. The same thing can happen in the T20 series as well. A lack of fitness and modern fielding standards holds back Pakistan. The middle-order is also not set and a number of players could be rotated in that position.
Players in form
Saqib Mahmood impressed everyone with his bowling in the ODI's and has found a place in the T20 squad as well. He is a player to watch out for and he could definitely continue to hound the Pakistanis. Jonny Barstow and Dawid Malan scored a lot of runs for England in their previous T20 outing for England against Sri Lanka. They can be considered in good form also.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan ended the ODI series with runs to their name. Babar Azam went past 150 while Rizwan played an attacking knock of 74. These are the two players that are in good form while Hasan Ali with the bat can also be a threat in this series.
The conditions for this match are forecast to be quite good. There is no rain in the area and so there may not be any interruptions.
- There have been seventeen T20 matches between England and Pakistan out of which England has won 12 including 7 out of the last 10.
- Eoin Morgan has scored 390 runs against Pakistan. No player has scored more in this rivalry and the England captain could find some form against an opponent he has done well against in the past.
- Mohammad Hafeez has been one of Pakistan's best T20 players in recent years. His score of 86 not out is the highest by a Pakistani against England in T20 cricket.
Pakistan is a better T20 side than many give it credit for. Also, England's team is convening after a long break and could take some time. England vs Pakistan 1st T20 2021 could go Pakistan's way.
Winner: Pakistan (2.60)