Pakistan go up against England in the first T20 international on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at the Karachi National Stadium in Karachi from 8:00 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).

The Pakistan cricket team lost to Sri Lanka by 23 runs in the final of the recently concluded Asia Cup 2022 in UAE. The Men in Green failed to chase down 171 runs in the final as the Lankan bowlers exposed Pakistan’s fragile middle order in the second half of the chase. Mohammad Rizwan was Pakistan’s best batter with 281 runs in six games while Mohammad Nawaz picked eight wickets with the ball.

The England cricket team will be touring Pakistan for the first time in 17 years. The Three Lions lost to South Africa 2-1 in their previous T20I series at home. Jonny Bairstow was the leading run-scorer for England with 91 runs in three games while Richard Gleeson picked four wickets in three games. Before the series against the Proteas, the Three Lions lost 2-1 to India in a T20I series in July. 

England are currently second in the ICC Men’s T20I team rankings while Pakistan are fourth.

Pakistan vs England 1st T20I odds

Parimatch odds: Pakistan: 1.63, England: 2.24

10CRIC odds: Pakistan: 1.62, England: 2.25

Betway odds: Pakistan: 1.61, England: 2.30

Betwinner odds: Pakistan: 1.625, England: 2.29

1xBet odds: Pakistan: 1.64, England: 2.315

Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.

Pakistan vs England head-to-head in T20Is

England have been the superior side in this head-to-head, winning 14 out of the 21 games against Pakistan. The Men in Green have won six games while one game was tied.

England beat Pakistan 2-1 in their last series in this format in 2021.

Pakistan vs England squads

Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Aamer Jamal, Abrar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohamad Haris, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Shan Maqsood, Usman Qadri.

England: Jos Butler (captain and wicketkeeper), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Jordan Cox, Sam Curran, Liam Dawson, Ben Duckett, Richard Gleeson, Alex Hales, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Luke Wood.

Pakistan vs England 1st T20I probable playing XI

Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Babar Azam (captain), Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf.

England: Alex Hales, Philip Salt (wicketkeeper), Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali (captain), Sam Curran, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley.

Pakistan vs England 1st T20I combined fantasy XI

Harry Brook, Dawid Malan, Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Ben Duckett, Moeen Ali, Shadab Khan, Chris Woakes, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Reece Topley.

Pakistan top picks and players to watch out for 1st T20I vs England

Babar Azam: The Pakistan captain averages 42.36 and has scored over 2700 runs for his national side in this format. The 27-year-old has also scored 26 half-centuries and one century in T20Is. Against England, Babar has scored 275 runs in eight T20Is at a strike rate of 142.48. Despite a poor show in the recently concluded Asia Cup, Babar Azam will still be Pakistan's most important batter against England. 

Shadab Khan: The all-rounder picked eight wickets in five games in the Asia Cup 2022 and one was of one of Pakistan’s best bowlers in the tournament. The 23-year-old was extremely effective in the middle overs where he managed to bring the opposition's scoring rate down. Shadab bowled with an economy of just 6.05 and picked his wickets at an average of 14.12. Overall, Shadab has picked 81 wickets in 69 games in this format at an economy of just 7.03. The right-handed batter has also scored 329 runs in T20Is at a strike rate of 135.95.

England top picks and players to watch out for 1st T20I vs Pakistan

Dawid Malan: The 35-year-old was the leading run-scorer in The Hundred 2022 with 377 runs in nine games at an average of 53.85. Malan scored his runs at a strike rate of 166.81. For England, Malan has scored 1411 runs in T20Is at a strike rate of 138.46. The southpaw has been a key batter in this format for a while now and will be a serious threat to Pakistan in the upcoming series.

Moeen Ali: The all-rounder will lead England in the first game of the series. Ali has scored 791 runs in this format at a strike rate of 144.60. The 35-year-old has also picked 39 wickets in T20Is at an average of 25.17. The southpaw is one of the few batters in the world who can bat at any position and will be England's most experienced batter in the absence of Jos Buttler.

Pakistan vs England 1st T20I predictions

Pakistan will have the advantage of playing at home and will start as favourites against England in the upcoming series. The Men in Green have also been excellent in this form of the game in the last couple of years.

Meanwhile, England have historically done well against Pakistan in this format and will give the Men in Green a fair fight in the upcoming series. 

Pakistan vs England 1st T20I playing conditions and weather report

Maximum Temperature: 31°C

Precipitation: 0%

Humidity: 67%

Wind: 3 km/h

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