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ENG vs PAK 3rd T20I Pitch Report: How will surface in Sophia Gardens, Cardiff play?

England and Pakistan will lock horns against each other in the third T20I of the four-match series today at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The hosts are already leading 1-0 in the series having won the second T20I by 23 runs after the first match got washed out.

Written By: Aditya Kukalyekar @adikukalyekar New Delhi Published on: May 28, 2024 13:11 IST
ENG vs PAK
Image Source : GETTY Jofra Archer and Harry Brook

England and Pakistan will face each other in the third T20I today (May 28) at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. This is the penultimate match before the T20 World Cup for both teams as they have opted to not play a warm-up match in the lead up to the tournament. Both sides would be keen on trying different combinations to make sure they are settled for the mega event.

The hosts are leading the series 1-0 having won the second game of the series by 23 runs defending 183 runs. Captain Jos Buttler and comeback man Jofra Archer were the star players in their respective department. But England will miss their skipper at least for this encounter as he is away on paternity leave. Buttler and his wife Louise are expecting their third child soon and he might miss the fourth T20I as well.

As for Pakistan, they weren't at their best in the last game and are in a must-win situation to stay alive in the series. Saim Ayub is going through a rough phase at the moment while Mohammad Rizwan also didn't score many in the last game. Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman were the only two batters to click while other batters couldn't contribute much. Shadab Khan's form too is not great at the moment as he conceded 55 runs in his four overs.

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff Pitch Report

Sophia Gardens has hosted 10 matches in the shortest format before and the surface on offer could be a decent one to bat on. However, the new ball will swing a bit at this venue. Bowling first has to be the way to go for the teams winning the toss as chasing side has won seven matches. Average first innings score is 145 here but certainly, 170-175 could be par at the venue. 

Sophia Gardens Cardiff - T20I Numbers Game

Matches Played - 10

Matches won batting first - 3

Matches won batting second - 7

Average first innings score - 145

Highest total - 207/3 by SA vs ENG

Lowest total - 89/10 by PAK vs ENG

Highest score chased - 175/3 by ENG vs PAK

Lowest score defended - 182/5 by ENG vs AUS

Squads

Pakistan -  Mohammad Rizwan, Saim Ayub, Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Azam Khan(w), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Haris Rauf, Agha Salman, Hasan Ali, Abrar Ahmed, Naseem Shah, Abbas Afridi, Irfan Khan, Usman Khan

England - Philip Salt(w), Will Jacks, Ben Duckett, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali(c), Liam Livingstone, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, Tom Hartley

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