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England vs Pakistan 2nd T20 Predictions & Tips - Incredible Babar Azam backed for runs again

  • England vs Pakistan predictions for Sunday’s T20I cricket match
  • The match will be played in Leeds at 14:30 BST
  • Rizwan has scored 50+ runs in 8 of his last 12 T20 matches
  • I am backing Mohammad Rizwan to score over 26.5 runs in the 2nd T20I
  • Tips, stats, team news & preview
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam put on a 150-run partnership against England in the 1st T20I (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 17 Jul 2021
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England vs Pakistan Predictions


The consistency of Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam has been incredible. They both scored 50+ in the 1st T20I of the series so we’re sticking with our best bet of Rizwan scoring over 26.5 runs.

  • England’s Liam Livingstone scored 103 runs in the 1st T20I against Pakistan. 
  • Pakistan’s Babar Azam scored 85 runs in the 1st T20I against England.
  • Pakistan’s Babar Azam is ranked as the 2nd best T20 batsman in the world.
  • Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan has scored over 41 runs in 9 of his last 12 T20I matches.
  • Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan scored 63 runs in the 1st T20I against England.

Head to Head


Pakistan lead England 3-2 in their last five completed T20I matches. In the first T20I of this series Pakistan won by 31 runs in Nottingham.

England Form


England have won eight of their last 12 T20I matches but lost the opening match of the current series to Pakistan by 31 runs.

On a flat pitching in Nottingham, England bowled first. All the bowlers were expensive but Tom Curran did manage to take two wickets. Pakistan scored a massive 232 runs in their 20 overs.

England were in the run chase all the way until the 18th over. That was mainly thanks to an incredible 103 runs off 43 balls by Liam Livingstone – it was England’s fastest ever T20I century.

Unfortunately no one managed to support Livingstone sufficiently and once he was dismissed, the hosts’ challenge disappeared. They were bowled out for 201 with five balls remaining.

England Injuries & Team News


England are likely to make a few changes. Jos Buttler will almost certainly feature if he is passed fit and could come in for Moeen Ali. Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid will also be hoping to get a run in Leeds.

Pakistan Form


Pakistan proved their T20I credentials by beating England in the 1st T20 of the series in Nottingham. It was an incredible batting performance that took Pakistan to their highest ever total of 232 runs.

Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam put on a 150-run opening partnership with Azam scoring 85 and Rizwan 63 runs. Thereafter a few cameos from the likes of Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez helped Pakistan to 232.

England came out swinging with the bat but Shaheen Shah Afridi was superb, taking 3-30 in just over three overs. Pakistan bowed their hosts out for 201 runs to secure a 31-run win.

Pakistan Injuries & Team News


Pakistan should be looking to stick with the same side that performed so well in the 1st T20.

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Verdict

Mohammad Rizwan is tipped to score over 26.5 runs while Babar Azam is backed to top score for Pakistan and in the match.

For England we we cannot ignore Liam Livingstone's incredible knock in the last match. He is backed to be England's top scorer.

Best Bet: Rizwan Over 26.5 Runs Over/Under Runs @-120.48 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best Pakistan Batsman Tip: Babar Azam Best Pakistan Batsman @187.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best England Batsman Tip: Liam Livingstone Best England Batsman @400.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Top Match Batsman Tip: Babar Azam Top Match Batsman @500.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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