Eng vs Pak 2nd Test Preview: Here’s how teams flare up after their first face off in the series and players to look out in Dream 11
Eng vs Pak 2nd Test Preview, Dream11 & Fantasy Cricket Tips
Pakistan would be dejected with the outcome of the first test but have their heads high with what they have achieved given how young and the amount of experience they have. They have played good cricket till first 8 sessions of play, but such is the beauty of game one lousy session and the outcome has reversed, However, coming to the second test Pakistan will be coming with all guns blazing at their counterparts. At the same time, England will be eying on grabbing the series even though with a significant setback of Ben Stokes missing out for rest of series.
England Team Analysis:
Setback for England?
With Stokes missing out for the remainder of series, England has certainly lost their ace player given how he performed in the crunch situations in the previous series against West Indies. Zak Crawley is likely to be his replacement; thus, it provides Root with his natural position to bat at 4. This should boost his confidence. England skipper has been short of runs and will be looking to make his willow do the talking. England will highly depend on Chris Woakes and Jos Butler to manage the lower order alongside tail lenders, with these two winning the last game for England, the team would be quite relaxed.
Trust on Veteran Jimmy:
With scalping, only 6 wickets in the last 3 outings bowling over 92 overs, James Anderson has taken the limelight, and there were talks about his retirement. Veteran Jimmy has turned 38 a few days back. Amidst all these Captain Root has backed James Anderson saying “It would be very silly to write off someone like James Anderson” hinting that he would play second test. James Anderson is 10 wickets short of reaching 600 wickets. He would be coming back strong to mark his comeback. Seamers in Southampton has taken 94 Wickets average of 31.73
Concerns at the top?
With top order failing in both the innings of the first test, England will have high hopes on their top order to give them good start setting an excellent platform for someone like Zak Crawley. With Chris Woakes and Jos Butler who seemed to be in a right touch if top orders give them a good start then Pakistan would be in serious trouble.
The absence of stokes has made the change in playing XI inevitable, England will be looking for Sam Curran/Mark Wood to accompany Broad, Anderson and Chris Woakes. With the kind of form Sam Curran is in, he would likely play this fixture.
Pakistan Team Analysis
Trust On Young Blood:
Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas and Naseem Shah with their lightning speed of good bowling has made England batsman dance to their tunes, Even though Naseem Shah has picked the only couple of wickets bowled good line and length. Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has kept full faith in him, once again Pakistan will be highly dependent on their Strong line-up. While historical data shows Southampton is a favoured to pace bowling, team spirits would be high.
With the form of Azhar Ali is in, and It is high time he has to step and set an example; fortunately, his top-order and middle-order batsmen have done exceptionally well in tackling new balls making his failure less visible. At the same time, his captaincy has been questioned at handling a crucial part of the play. However, Waqar has backed Azhar wishing his comeback to be strong as it is the need of hour of the team.
Yasir Shah has been the man for Pakistan once again having a go at England’s weakness, Shadab Khan has also picked a couple of wickets but proved costly at second Innings.
With the kind of performance they have given as a team, there seems to be no significant change, with pitch favouring the pace bowlers they might go with Sohail Khan in place of all-rounder Shadab Khan or if they look to strengthen their batting lineup they would go with Fawad Alam
Eng vs Pak 2nd Test Pitch and Weather Condition
The heatwave is persisting over the South of England, It is expected to rain on Friday and Saturday, with overnight conditions seamers will play a key role here. And historical data shows the same; Pacers have claimed over 94 wickets while spinners have 33 against their name. With both the teams having their pace department very strong, the contest will turn out to be interesting.
Eng vs Pak 2nd Test Dream 11 Predictions
Bowling: With pitch conditions, your team need to have some good pace bowlers in the team watch out for Broad, Curran, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas.
Batting: Babar Azam, Joe Root, Shan Masood will be ideal for Batsmen, and Jos butler should be your Wicket keeper, seemed to be in good touch.
All Rounders: Chris Woakes, Shadab Khan should be ideal for All-rounder.
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