Without Jos Buttler and with a handful of players coming back from injury, England made relatively easy work of Pakistan. They were thanked heavily by the Karachi fans for coming to Pakistan, but also silenced them with their performances. Alex Hales in particular is back. His fifty is a little slower than usual but the time spent will definitely help him open up in the upcoming games. For Pakistan, the openers showed intent this time around but the middle-order remains a glaring concern.
England though are likely to have a tougher time in the upcoming game. Pakistan are among the most unpredictable sides going on and a fightback is always on the cards. Additionally, the Karachi crowd may not be as friendly this time around. For the first game, with the crowd showing gratitude for England visiting, they were rather friendly. There were quiet a few Pakistan fans in England shirts as well. Now, after the loss though, they might be a little more supportive of their own side as results start becoming more important with the series moving forward.
Played- 22 | England- 14 | Pakistan- 6 | No Result- 1 | Tie- 1
Date: 22nd September 2022
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
The skies are clear during the PAK vs ENG fixture with some clouds and a lot of dew expected.
The Karachi track is likely to be flat and dry. There could be some spin, and the ball might keep low, but batting should be easier and batting second will be a better option.
Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Ifthikar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Kushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf
Jos Buttler/ Phil Salt, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Mark Wood/ Richard Gleeson
After three years Alex Hales has made a solid comeback in the English outfit. His innings may not have been as fast as he is known to play, but the maturity gained over the years was on show when Alex Hales held the innings together. Now that he has spent time in the middle, he should be good to go is likely to bring out his aggressive brand of cricket.
Naseem Shah is continuing to rise. He is bowling with a lot of aggression and is rising as an all-format bowler for Pakistan. With raw pace, a couple of wickets early on from Naseem Shah will help rattle England before Haris Rauf comes in to bowl.
England won the first game, but with Pakistan known for their unpredictability, they should be able to bounce back with a win. Although England do look better at the moment, Pakistan are unlikely frontrunners to win the upcoming game.