Aand welcome to live coverage of the second Twenty20 of seven and the second of four in Karachi during the white ball segment of England’s first tour to Pakistan in 17 years. Although it took them 116 balls on Tuesday to recover Pakistan’s rather modest score, the victory, at least after the dismissal of Babar Azam by Adil Rashid, never seemed in great doubt… and the thoroughbred Harry Brook led them home .
Any criticism of the Pakistan captain before the match seemed misplaced: their problem isn’t his attacking rate at the top of the order, it’s the middle-class’s inability to slog or even read Rashid. Giving the impression of walking over a glue trap after the Powerplay, England’s fastest bowler Luke Wood knocked them over.
Richard Gleeson struggled with a back problem in the first game and is likely to give way today, giving England a chance to assess how Olly Stone’s rehabilitation is progressing or give Tom Helm a debut. Both can match Gleeson’s pace, which, given the sterility of the field, will be necessary if they decide not to try Liam Dawson as the third spinner, given Pakistan’s trials and tribulations against Moeen and Rashid. Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, and Reece Topley may not play until all three Lahore games… if at all.
There is also rotation in the at bat, with Will Jacks or Jordan Cox possibly taking the place of Ben Duckett, who did well on his recall with a 17-ball 21, but may be destined to make only two or three hits. tour because England want to give equal opportunities to each of their three middle-order prospects who are not in the World T20 squad.
As for Pakistan, I would like to see Aamer Jamal make his debut – he is a batsman who can consistently score at over 150, while Mohammad Hasnain, their third 90mph man, should fill in for Naseem Shah who has a very tousled approach in the first T20, ignoring his blistering natural assets for a Dernbachian obsession with artfully disguised slower balls.