Friday, February 24, 2012

Pakistan vs England - 2nd T20: Free Live Streaming from Dubai 25 Feb 2012

After a tit for tat whitewash ODI series win by England, the defeat in the first T20 match Thursday was a great shocker for the Englishmen. While they contended that limited overs matches were different from the test series and that ODIs were the platform to display their strengths, the same analogy could not apply to the T20 which was even more limited than ODIs when they lost to Pakistan.

But that was the first match, say the England squad members and have their sights set for the second 20 tomorrow at Dubai. However they have to find an answer to the superior Pakistan bowling. And there is not or two but quite a number of them to tackle. Umer Gul was in his best form in the frst T20 when he dismissed 3 for 18. Although five runs short of Swan who bagged 3 for 13, but Umer Gul's 3 wickets really flabbergasted the English middle order batsmen and they just crumbled one after the other.

On the other hand, Afridi, Ajmal, Hafeez really teased the Englishmen. After 15th over it seemed that England has virtually thrown over the match. 

But after the defeat, the English camp is really determined for a 2-1 win over Pakistan and the onus lies on their bowlers to not to allow the rather weak batting line to score more Saturday tomorrow in the second T20. But that is just a resolve and determination. What actually happens on ground is altogether a different ballgame. 

The win has given Pakistan confidence that was lost after the ODI series and they would certainly want to cash on it in the second match to win the series so that the taste of 3-0 test series win doesn't get spoiled.

The venue and time remain the same: Dubai International Stadium at 1600 GMT

Pakistan Squad against England in 2nd T20 is as under:

Misbah-ul-Haq (c),Abdur Rehman,Adnan Akmal (wk),Aizaz Cheema,Asad Shafiq,Awais Zia,Hammad Azam,Imran Farhat,Junaid Khan,Mohammad Hafeez,Saeed Ajmal,Shahid Afridi,Shoaib Malik,Umar Akmal,Umar Gul,Wahab Riaz

As for England, following is likely to be the squad against Pakistan:

Stuart Broad (c),James Anderson,Jonny Bairstow,Ravi Bopara,Tim Bresnan,Danny Briggs,Jos Buttler (wk),Jade Dernbach,Steven Finn,Alex Hales,Craig Kieswetter ,Eoin Morgan,Samit Patel,Kevin Pietersen,Graeme Swann