ENG vs PAK Match Prediction, 3rd T20I: Who will win today's match?


Preview:

England (ENG) will be confronted Pakistan (PAK) during the third T20I at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Tuesday May 28. In the 2nd T20I at Edgbaston, England won by 23 runs, with remarkable performances from captain Jos Buttler, Will Jacks, Moeen Ali and Jofra Archer. The win gave England a 1-0 lead in the four-match T20I series. Pakistan will aim to bounce back and put up a strong performance against the hosts.

England will rely on in-form players such as opening batter Phil Salt, along with newcomer Will Jacks, Jonny Bairstow and all-rounder Moeen Ali to score the bulk of the runs. Notably, regular skipper Jos Buttler is expected to miss the third T20I due to paternity leave. As a result, Moeen Ali was handed the captaincy in his absence. This would mean that England will most likely play all-rounder Sam Curran and can push Jonny Bairstow to open the innings with Phil Salt. On the other hand, Pakistan will look to pacers Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir and Haris Rauf, along with spinners Imad Wasim and Abrar Ahmed to dismantle England's batting line-up.


Match Details

Match England against Pakistan, 3rd T20I
Place Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Date and hour Tuesday May 287:00 p.m. IST
Live broadcast and streaming Sony Sports Network, SonyLIV (app and website)


Sophia Gardens, Cardiff presentation report

The Sophia Gardens Bridge in Cardiff is expected to show consistent rhythm and bounce. Initially, there may be some movement of the seams due to surface moisture, favoring fast bowlers. However, as the game progresses, it should become a favorable batting ground. It is worth noting that the Cardiff pitch tends to retain moisture and generally does not dry out over time, limiting the risk of significant turn for spinners.

Check here: Live Score ENG vs PAK, 3rd T20I


ENG vs. PAK head-to-head record

Matches played 31
Won by England 20
Won by Pakistan 09
No result 02
Very first match August 28, 2006 (PAK won)
Newest light fixture May 25, 2024 (ENG won)


ENG vs PAK probably playing XIs

England:

Philip Salt, Jonny Bairstow, Will Jacks, Sam Curran, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali (c), Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley

Pakistan:

Saim Ayub, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan/Abrar Ahmed, Azam Khan (week), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Amir


ENG vs PAK Likely Best Performers

Likely best hitter:

Will Jacks. (Source – Getty Images)

Talented drummer Will Jacks had a fantastic IPL 2024 for Royal Challengers Bengaluru. He was at his best when he took the Gujarat Titans bowlers to the cleaners to claim his maiden IPL century. As Pakistani spinners have shown poor performance and Jacks is the one who has punished the spinners well, expect chaos if he gets going in the next T20I match.

Best likely pitcher:

Shaheen Afridi. (Source-Twitter/X)

Shaheen Shah Afridi was Pakistan's standout bowler in the previous match, taking three wickets for 36 runs in his four overs. As a left-arm seamer, he has the potential to be very effective if there is a bit of swing at the start of the game. The overcast conditions could further improve his pace, making him a strong contender to take early wickets for Pakistan.

Today's match prediction: Team bowling first to win the match

Scenario 1

England win the toss and elect to bowl first

Power play score: 40-50

First round score: 170-180

England wins the match

Scenario 2

Pakistan win the toss and elect to bowl first

Power play score: 40-50

First round score: 170-190

Pakistan wins the match.

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