Moeen Ali’s side go 1-0 up in the marathon series, returning what could be classed as one of their most polished performances of 2022 in T20 cricket.
Pakistan v England
T20 International series, Game Two (of seven)
Thursday September 22, 2022, 3.30pm (UK)
National Stadium, Karachi
As we have already spoken about in previous previews, England have had a bit of a shocker this year with the white ball, especially in T20 cricket.
But they hit the right notes in Karachi yesterday to go one up with six to play.
With that win, they have gone from outsiders for the series to favourites. I thought Pakistan would win the series a couple of days ago, so with plenty of time to turn things around I will take the 6/5 bet365 are offering on them to do so.
Yes, England impressed in the opener. No doubt. Though they haven’t shown any kind of consistency in the shorter forms throughout 2022. So, taking the view that one swallow doesn’t make a summer, for now I’m going to stick with Pakistan at more favourable odds.
M&M to score a score
Betfair, through their #OddsOnThat selections, have got Dawid Malan and Shan Masood - prospective Yorkshire team-mates for 2023, incidentally - at 21/10 to score 20 runs or more apiece in game two.
Both of these players have pedigree and form behind them. Malan scored 20 yesterday on a slow pitch and was the competition’s leading run-scorer in the recent Hundred as his Trent Rockets team claimed the title.
Masood was player of the tournament in the Pakistan Super League earlier this year and has scored a couple of fifties in this month’s National T20 Cup in Pakistan, earning his T20 international debut.
He scored seven yesterday, but I would be confident of better from an experienced player who has just returned home from an excellent county summer with Derbyshire.
I’m also quite tempted by the 9/2 on the left-hander Masood, who bats at number four, to score a fifty in the match. Ladbrokes are the company offering that price.
Dahani worth the punt as Pakistan’s top bowler
For those who watched the Pakistan Super League earlier in the year, one of the most enjoyable sights was seeing the excitable quick Shahnawaz Dahani wheel away in celebration after taking a wicket. And he picked up quite a few for beaten finalists Multan Sultans.
He took 17 in 11 games and, in all, the 24-year-old has claimed an impressive 50 wickets in 34 career T20 appearances, including four in five for Pakistan.
Ok, his international stats are nothing to write home about, but he’s been getting himself settled in the environment.
With his feet under the table after five games, I would be hoping for improvement and would be more than willing to take a punt on him to be their top bowler in game two at 15/4 with bet365.
He is way down their list, but he ousted Phil Salt yesterday and also bowled at the death, which is worth considering for these types of bets. If he holds onto that role, wickets are more likely with the slog on at the end.