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Exuberant England seek rare T20I whitewash – Prediction

[box type=”shadow” align=”alignleft” class=”” width=””]Prediction: Seems forces are in favour of Pakistan and still Pakistan may struggle to win this one as well. Despite the dents and Pakistan heroics, Pakistan may not cross the victory line. A high octane game closely fought. We think that England will make it.[/box]
England have rapidly developing into a dangerous limited-overs outfit (Photo Courtesy: BBC Sport)
England are rapidly developing into a dangerous limited-overs outfit (Photo Courtesy: BBC Sport)

It was a chaotic finish in the 2nd T20I in Dubai. England survived an Afridi onslaught and secured the series with a narrow victory. With only pride to play for, can Pakistan avoid the ignominy of a whitewash?

The visitors have the momentum after sealing both the white-ball series and having exposed the frailties in the Pakistani limited-overs outfit. Enterprising with the bat and disciplined with the ball, Eoin Morgan’s men have shown immense potential and could be the dark-horse for the ICC World T20 in India.

Even though the series is out of their grasp, Pakistan have a lot to play for as they desperately seek a turnaround in their fortunes. Coach Waqar Younis has a sword hanging over his head after the Pakistani media were in no mood to accept the dwindling performances from the “Men in Green”.

Despite showing a marked improvement in the previous encounter, the batting still looks insufficient to counter a vibrant England bowling unit. The lack of an attacking death-bowler and hapless fielding have been the major talking points for the Asian side.

Mushtaq Ahmed, the bowling coach alluded to the poor fitness levels as a reason for the disappointing efforts from the flamboyant players. He had said, “We were second in the world, but we are maybe lacking in fitness. It’s a fitness game. There are no excuses, we have to raise our game.”

Predicted Lineups

Pakistan 

Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed (WK), Shahid Afridi (C), Bilal Asif,  Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz

England

Jason Roy, James Vince, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Jos Buttler (WK), David Willey, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Stephen Parry, Liam Plunkett

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