The Test and ODI series have been played with both Pakistan and England picking up a series win each respectively. These T20 matches to be played will decide who finishes the tour with one extra trophy to their name. It is hard to go past England after a recent run of form but Pakistan are a side that can surprise from no where and should be a great match to watch.
Match Information :
February 23, Dubai DSC
Starting Time: 2000 Local Time
How the Teams Stand:
Both England and Pakistan have very strong squads for the T20 series and with the upcoming T20 World Cup every T20 played before then is crucial for each team to select their best XI. The teams suggest that this should be a thriller but the T20 format always brings surprises. England go into the T20 series with more confidence after sealing a whitewash over Pakistan in the ODI’s but Pakistan have played some good cricket over the last few months to suggest they will not change anything. A test will be for the bowlers because they are bowling to clean hitters of the ball that they may not know too much about and if they bowl the wrong length it there could be a few big totals.
Pakistan looked pretty good a few months ago but ever since Shahid Afridi returned to the Pakistan team they have been doing very well and challenging the best of times like England beating them in the tests. Even if he does not perform in a match his influence on the team is very important. He doesn’t have the best record in the T20I’s with an average of 17.82 but when he does score runs the other team becomes very defensive but in the T20’s he does more with the ball with an extraordinary economy rate of 6.12 with 54 wickets from 45 matches. Alex Hales is the new kid on the block for England and although he has played 4 T20’s he hasn’t managed to impress except for a half century where he did show what he could do. He would like to seal a spot in the XI before the T20 World Cup and to do that he will need to score some runs like he does in the Domestic T20 competition.
Pakistan (possible): 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Imran Farhat, 3 Asad Shafiq / Younis Khan, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Umar Akmal (wk), 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Sohail Tanvir, 9 Aizaz Cheema, 10 Umar Gul, 11 Saeed Ajmal
England (probable): 1 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 2 Alex Hales, 3 Ian Bell/Kevin Pietersen, 4 Ravi Bopara, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Tim Bresnan, 10 Jade Dernbach, 11 Steven Finn.