Pakistan just about did enough to win the first test but as is the case with most Pakistani teams they do tend losing when they should win. Are we too harsh? Pakistan will probably feel they should have bowled better in the 2nd innings and without Masood’s 156 the result would have been very one-sided. Keep in mind he was dropped several times on the way to his match top score.
Stokes absence is a massive deal, and we doubt the sportsbooks are pricing his absence correctly. Pakistan@4’s is a very good bet with the idea of exiting the bet in play. That is when Pakistan’s odds go to 2.8 or lower – cash out.
Check out our todays match prediction page for the latest cricket betting tips.
England 1 Dom Sibley, 2 Rory Burns, 3 Joe Root (capt), 4 Zak Crawley, 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
|England vs Pakistan||England||England won by 3 wickets||Manchester||05-Aug-20|
|England vs Pakistan||England||England won by an innings and 55 runs||Leeds||01-Jun-18|
|England vs Pakistan||Pakistan||Pakistan won by 9 wickets||Lord’s||24-May-18|
|England vs Pakistan||Pakistan||Pakistan won by 10 wickets||The Oval||11-Aug-16|
|England vs Pakistan||England||England won by 141 runs||Birmingham||03-Aug-16|
|v West Indies||WON||269 runs||Manchester||24-Jul-20|
|v West Indies||WON||113 runs||Manchester||16-Jul-20|
|v West Indies||LOST||4 wickets||Southampton||08-Jul-20|
|v Sri Lanka||canc||–||Colombo (SSC)||27-Mar-20|
|v Sri Lanka||canc||–||Galle||19-Mar-20|
|v South Africa||WON||191 runs||Johannesburg||24-Jan-20|
|v South Africa||WON||inns & 53 runs||Port Elizabeth||16-Jan-20|
|v South Africa||WON||189 runs||Cape Town||03-Jan-20|
|v South Africa||LOST||107 runs||Centurion||26-Dec-19|
|v New Zealand||draw||–||Hamilton||29-Nov-19|
|v New Zealand||LOST||inns & 65 runs||Mount Maunganui||21-Nov-19|
|v Australia||WON||135 runs||The Oval||12-Sep-19|
|v Australia||LOST||185 runs||Manchester||04-Sep-19|
|v Australia||WON||1 wickets||Leeds||22-Aug-19|
|v Australia||LOST||251 runs||Birmingham||01-Aug-19|
|v Bangladesh||WON||inns & 44 runs||Rawalpindi||07-Feb-20|
|v Sri Lanka||WON||263 runs||Karachi||19-Dec-19|
|v Sri Lanka||draw||–||Rawalpindi||11-Dec-19|
|v Australia||LOST||inns & 48 runs||Adelaide||29-Nov-19|
|v Australia||LOST||inns & 5 runs||Brisbane||21-Nov-19|
|v South Africa||LOST||107 runs||Johannesburg||11-Jan-19|
|v South Africa||LOST||9 wickets||Cape Town||03-Jan-19|
|v South Africa||LOST||6 wickets||Centurion||26-Dec-18|
|v New Zealand||LOST||123 runs||Abu Dhabi||03-Dec-18|
|v New Zealand||WON||inns & 16 runs||Dubai (DSC)||24-Nov-18|
|v New Zealand||LOST||4 runs||Abu Dhabi||16-Nov-18|
|v Australia||WON||373 runs||Abu Dhabi||16-Oct-18|
|v Australia||draw||–||Dubai (DSC)||07-Oct-18|
|v England||LOST||inns & 55 runs||Leeds||01-Jun-18|
|v England||WON||9 wickets||Lord’s||24-May-18|
|v Ireland||WON||5 wickets||Dublin (Malahide)||11-May-18|
England played well when they needed it. Buoyed by the heroics of the 2019 Ashes Stokes innings, this English side is capable of chasing difficult 2nd innings totals.
In the 1st test the English openers failed but its doubtful England’s new genuine opening batsman, Dom Sibley, well fail again. He scored 36 off 114 balls in the 2nd innings which is what he needs to keep doing, albeit with 20 to 30 more runs on the board.
England didn’t played well in Southampton against the West Indies but we expect another England win.
Pakistan need to bowl better and maybe the extended layoff hindered their efforts. Pakistan has a great trio of fast bowlers in Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas and Naseem Shah.
Pakistan @ 4.50 to win is very tempting. The idea would be to trade in and out during the match with in-play betting. Barring a massive 1st innings collapse or a gigantic England lead these odds will shorten throughout the match.
The forecast is thunderstorms on Day 1 and Day 2 and scattered showers for the remaining three days. Check out our top betting tips for a rain affected draw.
No word yet from the captains regarding the ptich but It’s a seamers dream pitch and conditions. In four Tests at the Ageas Bowl, spinners average 30.27 (33 wickets) while for seamers its 31.73 and 94 wickets.
Pakistan chose to bat
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Double Chance England Win Or X@1.20
Why? Rain is going to play a big factor and England should win.
Cricket England vs Pakistan 2nd Test Draw@2.86
Why? Its going to rain – a lot.
Why? Recent form: 3/66, 3/42, 6/31, 4/36, 3/54 & 3/37