OUR MATCH PREDICTION
- Pakistan has a very good bowling attack which can expose England’s batting weaknesses
- Both teams are vulnerable in the batting
- Conditions may favor the spinners which will Pakistan a huge advantage
ABOUT THE MATCH
The world is currently going through a situation that none of us have seen in our lifetimes. This has meant some extraordinary measures for the resumption of cricket and that brings with it some unique challenges. England is going to be playing an ODI match against Ireland on the 3rd of August and then starting the first Test against Pakistan on the 4th.
Thankfully, the set of players involved in both matches are completely different and so it should not matter too much.
England vs Pakistan is always an intriguing contest. Pakistan is one of the few sides that has been able to find success in England every time it is there. In fact, Pakistan has not lost a series against England in the previous ten years irrespective of the venue.
Can Pakistan put pressure on a wobbly England side once more? Will England be able to expose the chinks in the Pakistani armor as well as any rust that might have set in?
Fantastic bowlers, exciting batsmen, and some flawed sides make this an intriguing contest.
England vs Pakistan 1st Test 2020 is going to be played at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester starting on the 5th of August 2020.
England finished the three-test series against the West Indies very strong but we don’t think that result was ever in question. In fact, a 2-1 result would have left England a bit disappointed.
They now have a much tougher assignment against Pakistan. For one thing, the English top-order is far from settled and has been underperforming for a time now.
It looks like Dominic Sibley and Rory Burns are sure to open the batting for England in the first match. At number three, though, we could see Zak Crawley or Joe Root. Ben Stokes played as a pure batsman in the last test against the West Indies. If he is fit to bowl, England may not need to play the extra bowler and can bolster its batting, thus making way for Crawley.
This is something we will find out on the morning of the test.
England is also going to be tested against some quality leg-spin in this contest. One or even two quality leg-spinners are going to be asking questions of the English batsmen and we know that has not been their traditional strength.
None of England’s batsmen seem particularly well-settled to us at the moment, except for maybe Ben Stokes, and that is a big problem going up against Pakistan.
The bowling is where England can equalize some things.
Stuart Broad has done to ensure his name is the first one on the sheet for this match. We think Jofra Archer will be picked for his extra pace and Anderson should get the nod for the third seamer. Will England play Woakes in place for either Archer or Anderson? It’s certainly possible and the right move would be to drop Anderson.
The most likely thing, though, is going to be playing with the same team as the last test against West Indies and so all four seamers will play alongside Bess as the spinner. Cricket Betting Tips
England is the most vulnerable we have seen in a long time.
No cricket for a long time can be difficult to overcome and even though Pakistan has been in England for over a month now, that lack of cricket is the biggest challenge facing it. On paper, this Pakistan team can definitely match England in every aspect of the game.
The bowling is going to be led by Shaheen Afridi with quality bowlers like Naseem Shah, Mohammad Abbas, and Yasir Shah in there as well. We don’t think Sohail Khan is going to get the nod for this match even though he has been in very good form during the warm-ups.
Mohammad Abbas has the kind of bowling to take advantage of any swing on offer but the Pakistani management will be hoping he can up his pace just a little bit. We think Shaheen Afridi is going to be the bowler to watch out for in this series.
He has that natural left-arm angle as well as the ability to swing the ball both ways at pace. He will test the English batsmen like no one else.
Yasir Shah and maybe Shadab Khan could also play to exploit any spin that the pitch offers.
If the Pakistani batting can get the runs, they certainly have the bowling to pick up 20 wickets.
So who is going to get the runs then? Cricket Tips Free The Pakistani batting is young and a bit untested in our opinion. Babar Azam is the obvious superstar here. Considered as one of the best batsmen in the world, Azam has taken his game to a whole new level in recent times. His contest against Anderson and Broad is going to be fascinating.
Apart from him, though, we expect to see Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Imam ul Haq, Asad Shafiq, and Mohammad Rizwan in the lineup to face England.
Is this batting lineup good enough to get the runs needed? This is where the real challenge for Pakistan will lie.
The team that wins the toss is going to bat first. The West Indies did not make learn from its mistakes and chose to protect its batsmen but neither of these two teams is going to make that error again.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The weather forecast for the first test is very good. The first day could be a bit cloudy but the chances of rain are very low. We should have no trouble at all getting a result in this match. As far as the pitch goes, we saw a lot of spin when England played the West Indies. That could actually be a bit more pronounced in this match and make life tough for the English batsmen.
Batting first and getting a big total is going to be crucial. The conditions will become worse for batting with each inning and any significant first-inning lead could be decisive.
Dream11 team and Dream11 tips for England vs Pakistan 1st Test 2020. We think you will do well to not put too much of faith in the batsmen of any of these sides. The focus should be on the all-rounders and the bowlers. This is where Pakistan has an edge. Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, and England’s Stuart Broad are a must-have for every team we think.
ENG VS PAK DREAM11 LINEUP
- M Rizwan
- R Burns
- O Pope
- B Azam (vc)
- S Khan
- C Woakes
- B Stokes (c)
- Y Shah
- S Broad
- S Afridi
- M Abbas
CRICKET BETTING TIPS
England is the favorite here for the bookmakers because of a number of reasons. It has played a lot of test cricket recently, much more than Pakistan, and so comes in better prepared. It has the home advantage and some of the best bowlers ever to have played the game.
We are not entirely convinced and think the market may be over-valuing England’s resources.
Pakistan has the bowling to expose England’s weaknesses and some talented batsmen in its lineup. A little bit of luck with the toss could give it the edge it needs.
We think it is worth betting on Pakistan in this match.
Bet on Pakistan to win. (6.05 on 10Cric)
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