After the rain-affected Test series, England and Pakistan go head-to-head in T20Is with the first one the three matches on Friday.
England won the Test series 1-0, courtesy a three-wicket win at Old Trafford, Manchester. It was followed by two drawn matches at the Rose Bowl, Southampton despite brilliant individual performances.
Now both the teams returned the venue where the tour started, albeit with different teams.
Unlike the Test series, where England were clearly the dominant side, the T20 series will witness a very strong Pakistan side. But head-to-head record between the two former world champions favour England, 4-2 in seven matches with one draw.
The last time these two teams meet, in May 2019, England humbled Pakistan by seven wickets in Cardiff.
Babar Azam, who top-scored in that match with 65 off 42 balls, will now lead Pakistan. Interestingly, England skipper Eoin Morgan was also the top scorer for his side in that match, 57 off 29.
All you need to know about the match:
Date: August 28 (Friday), 2020
Time: 10:30 PM IST
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
TV Listing: Sony Ten3/HD, Sony Six/HD
Live Streaming: SonyLiv
Weather: Light rain is predicted. But a full match is expected.
Prediction: Pakistan to win a very close game.
England: Tom Banton, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Denly, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings (wk), Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood.
England lost seasoned opener Jason Roy on the eve of the match. So, England will need the likes of Jonny Bairstow and Sam Billings to perform.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad
Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain,
A brilliant bowling attack and an impressive batting line-up.
England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, David Willey.
Reserves: Pat Brown, Liam Livingstone, Reece Topley
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz.
For in-depth, objective and more importantly balanced journalism, Click here to subscribe to Outlook Magazine