Pakistan vs England 2022
3rd Test Match
Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka, England
Dec 17, 2022
- Pakistan to win.
- England easily defeated Pakistan in the second Test match of the series at Multan cricket ground.
- Pakistan’s second Test in Multan saw solid performances from Saud Shakeel, Abrar Ahmad, and Imam-ul-Haq.
- Ollie Robinson, Ben Duckett and Harry Brooks had superb efforts for England in the second match of the Test series.
Head to Head
Pakistan will be trying to reclaim some respect when they confront England in the third and final match on Saturday at the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi. The host team may implement one or two alterations to their starting Xi for the final Test despite losing the series. Pakistan captain Babar Azam will attempt to push from the forefront with the bat, seeking for a consolation win against England in this meaningless game. England captain Ben Stokes, will be hopeful that his team can avoid complacent and perform to their full capacity in the last Test. England now leads the three-match Test series 2-0 following victories in Rawalpindi and Multan.
The game will take place at Karachi’s National Bank Cricket Arena. The surface will be suitable for batting all through the Test, although we expect much spin from the first day itself.
The top-order of Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, and Babar Azam will be relied on to contribute the majority of the runs in the batting section. As a possible replacement for Mohammad Ali and Salman Agha in the Karachi Test, the home team may start Mohammad Wasim Jr. and Shan Masood. Rookie Saud Shakeel has demonstrated good composure and skill in the middle order for Pakistan in this Test series. Pakistan’s batting order is presently led by a left-hander. Shakeel has 270 runs at an average of 67.50 in four appearances, including three half-centuries. Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Abrar Ahmed, Zahid Mehmood, and Faheem Ashraf will be relied on to make important successes in the bowling unit. Abrar Ahmed, a rookie leg-spinner making his Test appearance for Pakistan, was the standout bowler, taking 11 wickets. Skipper Babar Azam has a strong record in Test cricket in Karachi, hitting 196 against Australia in March 2022. Saud Shakeel has been a standout for Pakistan this series, scoring half-centuries in each of his past three innings and aiming for his maiden Test century in this match. Abrar Ahmed made a memorable debut Test outing at Multan, taking 11 wickets over the game, including seven in the first innings only. He should receive more movement on this track, and we anticipate him to cause trouble for England’s hitters once more.
For this dead rubber, the opponents may make one or two alterations to their starting lineup. James Anderson might be sidelined in favor of Jamie Overton or uncapped bowler Rehan Ahmed in the final XI. Batting, the side will need Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, captain Ben Stokes, Joe Root, and debutant Harry Brook to supply the majority of the runs. Unexpectedly, Harry Brook leads England’s batting records after two centuries in the Test series. He’ll be eager to see her resume her exploits with the bat in this meaningless game. The bowling attack will rely on the names of Jack Leach, Jamie Overton, Ollie Robinson, and Mark Wood to make important inroads. England’s standout batsmen in this game have been opening batsman Ben Duckett, who has a hundred and two half-centuries, and position fifth in the batting lineup Harry Brook, who has two centuries. Joe Root has been without a century in five Test matches and will be motivated to break the streak in Karachi. After Joe Root, Will Jacks, and Jack Leach were all pricey at times in Multan, England will be looking for greater precision from their spin bowlers in this Test. Together with the fast bowlers, Leach and Root will play significant roles in this Test. Despite not getting many wickets, they still picked up some.
Probable Playing XIs
Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood/Salman Agha, Saud Shakeel, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Abrar Ahmad, Hasan Ali/Mohammad Nawaz, Zahid Mehmood.
Ben Stokes (captain), Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, Will Jacks, Ollie Pope (wk), Jack Leach, Mark Wood, James Anderson/Jamie Overton, Ollie Robinson.
Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (vc & wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Saud Shakeel, Shan Masood, Zahid Mahmood.
Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Joe Root, James Anderson, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Will Jacks, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone, Jamie Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Rehan Ahmed.
Pakistan Team News
- When spinner Abrar Ahmed began his career during the Second Test in Multan, five Pakistan cricketers have now made their Test series appearances.
- We don’t expect any first debuts in this match, which Babar Azam’s team must win to avoid a 3-0 series thrashing.
England Team News
- England had only won two Tests in Pakistan prior to this series, but they’ve now won four in a row.
- With five days between the completion of the Multan Test and no injuries in the squad, we anticipate to see the same XI in this encounter.
Both teams will be eager to win the toss, bat first, and register a competitive total. In Karachi, the average first-inning score is roughly 300 runs.
How to Bet
We are backing Pakistan. Considering their success in this series, England will be heavy favorites to win. With players like Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, OIlie Robinson, and James Anderson putting in strong displays in this series, England will be seeking to continue their dominance in this meaningless game. Bet on Pakistan to win.
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