England vs Pakistan 2nd T20 2021 is going to be played just a couple of days after the exciting first match ended. Pakistan won its first match of the tour as it batted brilliantly and was then able to withstand a brutal assault from the English batsmen in return. That match showed just how closely matched these two teams are in the T2o format and gave us an idea of what we can expect in the matches to come. The venue for this match is Headingley and that is another ground on which the batsmen tend to make merry.
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England vs Pakistan 2nd T20 2021
Teams’ strengths & weaknesses
England showed in the previous match just how dangerous a batting lineup it has. The batsmen kept playing aggressively and did not take a backward step. They were chasing a big total but most other teams would not have been able to sustain the momentum that England was able to. The depth of the batting lineup and the ability of the players to clear the boundaries have to be the biggest strength for England.
An inability to play quality spin is something that English teams have been known for since a long time. That weakness is not as obvious as it once was but it is still pretty apparent. England's batsmen will need to come up with better plans to be able to play the spinners for some singles and doubles in between the big shots that they always play.
Pakistan's biggest weakness turned out to be the reason why it won the previous match. Not only did Pakistan improve its batting from the ODI's but it also showed a commitment to play the modern version of the T20 game. All of their leading batsmen got into some form and that is a huge positive moving forward. A bit of over-dependence on the opening pair can be seen as a weakness.
Pakistan's bowling attack is world-class and definitely a strength for it moving forward in the series.
Players in form
Liam Livingstone has become an invaluable part of the England setup. He scored a brilliant century in a losing cause but ensured that his name is going to be hard to omit when it comes to the T20 World Cup squad. he is also a pretty useful bowler and that is a good skill to have while traveling to the middle east.
Babar Azam is almost never out of form but you cannot look past the genius of this man. He followed up his 150 plus score in the ODI with a fantastic 80 plus score in the first T20. His inning was the base on which Pakistan was able to build and that is exactly why he is going to be the wicket that everyone is after.
The weather for this match is forecast to be good. A nice and dry day should be in store for the players!
- Pakistan hit 12 sixes in the previous match while England hit 14
- 232 is the highest score for Pakistan in T20 internationals
- Liam Livingstone's century came off 42 balls and was the fastest ever for an Englishman
- Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan now hold the record for the two biggest partnerships in T20 internationals for Pakistan
Pakistan is not going to make any changes whereas it looks like England is auditioning players for the T20 World Cup. This could open up an ideal opportunity for Pakistan to win this match and the series. England vs Pakistan 2nd T20 2021 could go the way of the visitors once more.
Winner: Pakistan (2.28)