In what has been a series full of twists and turns, Pakistan are leading going into the sixth game. They are at their unpredictable best, defending modest scores and grabbing victory from the toughest of positions. While the middle-order remains a concern, Pakistan’s bowling is on par, and is getting even better as their bowling depth continues to increase. Although Naseem Shah is likely to be unavailable, Pakistan are doing really well to find replacements.
England are still waiting on the fitness of Jos Buttler. His participation is still uncertain, while Mark Wood may also be given a rest. With the series on the line though, England may look to go for their strongest line-up, pushing Mark Wood, who is just back from a big injury.
Played- 25 | England- 15 | Pakistan- 8 | No Result- 1 | Tie- 1
Date: 30th September 2022
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
The skies are clear during the PAK vs ENG fixture with some clouds and a lot of dew expected.
The Lahore track has some grass on it and is likely to play flat with a lot of runs available for both sides. Batting second is 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
Mohammad Rizwan’s form is tough to ignore. While his strike-rate has attracted attention, his consistency has been brilliant. With a failing middle-order around him, Rizwan is doing a fine job batting through the innings, and holding them together, ensuring Pakistan get enough for their bowlers to play with.
Moeen Ali has silently done a decent job in this series. He is finding ways to contribute with both bat and ball, and has looked very flexible through the series. With impact from both aspects of the game he will be a key player to watch out for as Pakistan look to seal the series against him and England.
A seven match series may have seemed too long. Five games in though, Pakistan lead by one and their is still a lot to play for. Fans are being treated to some interesting games and predicting a winner seems really tough. However, England might slightly edge over Pakistan with their better batting line-up, and with the intent of wanting to level the series.