England v Pakistan betting tips: All to play for at Old Trafford
Preview and odds for Tuesday’s third T20 clash
With the series locked at one victory apiece, the last of the three T20 clashes takes place on Tuesday and we look at some England v Pakistan betting tips.
As both teams fine-tune preparations ahead of October’s T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman, England squared the series with a 45-run success at Headingley on Sunday.
The series reaches a conclusion at Old Trafford, Manchester, in a match which is live on Sky Sports from 6.30pm BST.
England favourites in decider
England’s spin bowlers got the better of India’s batsman at Headingley and the hosts are 4/9 to win the match and the series.
Pakistan will be kicking themselves as Headingley is usually a bat-first ground in the T20 format and despite having won the toss, elected to chase.
After two quick early wickets, Pakistan’s bowlers let things get away from them, with Liam Livingstone, who scored England’s quickest T20 100 on Friday, producing a valuable cameo of 38 off 23 balls, which included one of the biggest sixes in history.
Jos Buttler anchored the innings with 59 and is 11/4 to be England’s top run scorer this time.
Fellow opener Jason Roy will hope for better than the 10 he scored before being caught by Mohammad Hafeez off Imad Wasim, who took 2-37.
The England v Pakistan betting tips has Roy at 3/1 to be England’s top run scorer this time.
Moeen Ali, who made a cracking 36 as well as taking two wickets, deservedly gained the man of the match award and is 14/1 to win it again at Old Trafford.
Pakistan spun out
Pakistan’s bowlers were not up to their usual standard at Headingley – with Mohammad Hasnain the pick, taking 3-51 off of four overs – as England managed 200 all out from 19.5 overs.
England’s top trio of spinners did the damage at Headlingley, defending what looked an achievable target given the ground’s historical bias towards the team batting first.
Adil Rashid, opening the bowling with his googlies, took 2-30 off four overs. Moeen chipped in with 2-32 off three and Matt Parkinson, bowling super-slow leg-breaks and turning the ball sharply, took 1-25 off his four.
Mohammad Rizwan, who looked good in smashing a valuable 63 in Pakistan’s 31-run win at Trent Bridge on Friday, was in decent nick again, top-scoring with 37 at Headingley before being caught and bowled by Rashid. Rizwan is 11/4 to be top scorer again.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam, who top-scored for Pakistan on Friday with 85 from 49 balls, chipped in with 22 at Headlingley and is 7/4 to be their top batsman this time.
However, Pakistan fell short, managing 155-9 in their run-chase.
If anyone is looking for form before the World Cup, it’s Dawid Malan, who has managed just one run in each of the two T20s against Pakistan. He is 7/2 to be England’s top run scorer.
Both sides will hope to get their innings off to a flying start. Pakistan managed seven for no loss at Headingly while England were 11-1 after their first over.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication