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England v Pakistan

1st Test, Manchester, Aug 5-9 2020 at 11am BST

Pakistan 326 & 169
England (82.1 ov, target 277) 219 & 277/7
England won by 3 wickets

Pakistan won the toss and bat
Chris Woakes named Man of the Match

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England vs Pakistan 1st Test 2020

With Ben Stokes, James Anderson and Stuart Broad performing back to their exceedingly high levels, an opening batsman as sharp as Strauss in Dom Sibley and a very competitive three-test series against a decent West Indies side England should take this test quite easily. Pakistan will be rusty having last played one test against a very poor Bangladesh side way back in February.

England 1 Dom Sibley, 2 Rory Burns, 3 Joe Root (capt), 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Ollie Pope, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Chris Woakes, 8 Dom Bess, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Jofra Archer, 11 James Anderson

Pakistan 1 Shan Masood, 2 Abid Ali, 3 Azhar Ali (capt), 4 Babar Azam, 5 Asad Shafiq, 6 Shadab Khan, 7 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 8 Yasir Shah, 9 Shaheen Afridi, 10 Mohammad Abbas, 11 Naseem Shah

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v West IndiesWON269 runsManchester24-Jul-20
v West IndiesWON113 runsManchester16-Jul-20
v West IndiesLOST4 wicketsSouthampton08-Jul-20
v Sri LankacancColombo (SSC)27-Mar-20
v Sri LankacancGalle19-Mar-20
v South AfricaWON191 runsJohannesburg24-Jan-20
v South AfricaWONinns & 53 runsPort Elizabeth16-Jan-20
v South AfricaWON189 runsCape Town03-Jan-20
v South AfricaLOST107 runsCenturion26-Dec-19
v New ZealanddrawHamilton29-Nov-19
v New ZealandLOSTinns & 65 runsMount Maunganui21-Nov-19
v AustraliaWON135 runsThe Oval12-Sep-19
v AustraliaLOST185 runsManchester04-Sep-19
v AustraliaWON1 wicketsLeeds22-Aug-19
v AustraliadrawLord’s14-Aug-19
v AustraliaLOST251 runsBirmingham01-Aug-19
v BangladeshWONinns & 44 runsRawalpindi07-Feb-20
v Sri LankaWON263 runsKarachi19-Dec-19
v Sri LankadrawRawalpindi11-Dec-19
v AustraliaLOSTinns & 48 runsAdelaide29-Nov-19
v AustraliaLOSTinns & 5 runsBrisbane21-Nov-19
v South AfricaLOST107 runsJohannesburg11-Jan-19
v South AfricaLOST9 wicketsCape Town03-Jan-19
v South AfricaLOST6 wicketsCenturion26-Dec-18
v New ZealandLOST123 runsAbu Dhabi03-Dec-18
v New ZealandWONinns & 16 runsDubai (DSC)24-Nov-18
v New ZealandLOST4 runsAbu Dhabi16-Nov-18
v AustraliaWON373 runsAbu Dhabi16-Oct-18
v AustraliadrawDubai (DSC)07-Oct-18
v EnglandLOSTinns & 55 runsLeeds01-Jun-18
v EnglandWON9 wicketsLord’s24-May-18
v IrelandWON5 wicketsDublin (Malahide)11-May-18

England v Pakistan 1st Test 2020 Match Prediction

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England to win

England has the significant advantage of a three-test series and a bunch of limited-overs games coming into this three-test series against Pakistan. The English players are finding form at the right time with Sibly, Stokes, Broad and Anderson all looking shape.

England has found a genuine opening batsman in Dom Sibley. Incidentally, Sibley is the first English opener to face at least 250 balls in their first innings not named Cook or Strauss since 2002 – impressive company! 

Ben Stokes is currently on fire, scoring 681 runs at 62 in the last seven matches to go along with his 19 wickets. Unsurprisingly Stokes is the top-ranked allrounder. 

Amazingly Stuart Broad was left out of the first test but is now firmly back to being top dog with an innings 6 for 31 and match figures of 10 for 67 in the final test. He looked incredibly sharp!

Pakistan, on the other hand, last played in February and as such aren’t carrying any recent and meaningful form into this match. The Pakistan team does include some matching winning players though, and as is usual with any Pakistan side they can beat any side. Its the typical question – which Pakistan side will turn up? The one who beat South Africa at Centurion in 2018 by six wickets or the one who lost to England by an innings and 55 runs against England at Leeds only six months early. The Pakistan players to watch are Babar Azam and the fast-bowling trio of Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas and Naseem Shah.

The forecast is scattered showers on Day 1 and Day 2 with a top temperature of 21 degrees but clearing up the remaining three days. Day 3 on Friday will be a barmy 28 degrees.

The fast bowlers in the recent England and West Indies series found a lot of swing at Old Trafford. The pitch and conditions will suit selecting medium to fast bowlers.

Pakistan win the toss and bat

Our Top Betting Tips for England vs Pakistan

*Our top betting tips are only available pre match. You will not be able to place bets on any of these outcomes once the match starts.


Best Player Of The Match: Ben Stokes@6.75
Why? He is great form and was MoM against West Indies in the 2nd Test.

Accumulator Outcomes: England To Win, Babar Azam & Rory Burns To Score A Fifty In Either Innings @4.32

Why? Try an acca! 

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Total Opening Partnership – Home Team, Innings 1 – Under 26.5 @1.87

Why? The last 3 innings scores are 1, 0 and 29 and batting may be difficult on Day 1 and Day 2.

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Stokes, Ben (England) Total Runs – Innings 1 Over 37.5 

Why?  Recent scores of 43, 176 and 20.

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Dominic Sibley
Why? He looks the real deal opening. 

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