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ENG vs PAK 1st T20, PAK vs ENG 2024

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So, the inaugural match of England vs Pakistan series washed out without toss. The second match of the series is slated to begin on May 25 at Edgbaston, Birmingham, and hopefully, the rain will stay away from that contest. 

This is Deepak Prakash signing off on behalf of co-commentator Anirudh Modi and scorer/analyst Zeeshan Naiyer. 
10:00 PM IST, 5:30 PM Local Time: The match has been abandoned due to persistent rain! It has been raining since morning, and the forecast was not promising either. 
9:53 PM IST & 5:23 PM Local Time | We have bad news folks! It has been raining since morning and the prospect of a game looks bleak at the moment. 
Howdy, folks! Hello and a warm welcome to the live coverage of the inaugural match of the 4-match T20I series featuring the hosts, England, and the visitors, Pakistan at  Headingley, Leeds. 

I am Deepak Prakash, and I will soon be accompanied by co-commentator Anirudh Modi and scorer/analyst Zeeshan Naiyer. We will provide you with all the live ball-by-ball analysis of this contest.
England (Probable XI)Philip Salt (wk), Jos Buttler (c), Will Jacks, Liam Livingstone/Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Chris Jordan
Pakistan (Probable XI)Saim Ayub, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Azam Khan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir
Preview by Ajay Pal Singh

With the T20 World Cup 2024 just around the corner, defending champions England will begin their preparation as they host Pakistan for a four-match T20I series, beginning in Leeds on Wednesday (May 22).

Pakistan have been on the road for a few weeks now as they had travelled to Ireland for a three-match series recently. The Men in Green managed to clinch the bilateral series after losing the series opener.

Pakistan are the only team left who haven’t announced their squad for the global event, set to be played in the Caribbean and the USA in June. They will look at the performances in the upcoming T20I series against England before deciding their final 15 for the multinational tournament.

The returning Mohammad Amir failed to impress in the two matches that he played against Ireland. He bowled his full quota of four overs in both games but only managed to take two wickets and went for 76 runs.

Hasan Ali played the final match of the series but he too proved to be expensive against a relatively inexperienced Ireland batting line-up. The medium pacer has been released from the squad on the eve of the series opener.

Pakistan had to fight hard to get over the line against Ireland and would be keen to put on a better performance against England.

For England, the biggest news was the comeback of their premier fast-bowler Jofra Archer. The right-arm quick had missed over 12 months of cricket due to an elbow injury.

Some of the big names of England cricket, who were part of the Indian Premier League (IPL), have come back for the series against Pakistan as the hosts would look to make a statement before their title defence next month.

All eyes will be on England’s skipper Jos Buttler who has not been in the best of form lately. In IPL 2024, he only managed to score 359 runs in 11 matches.

All-rounder Liam Livingstone, who left the IPL midway due to an injury, is unlikely to start the series and Ben Duckett might play ahead of him.

For the visiting team, their head coach Gary Kirsten has joined them in the United Kingdom after finishing his stint with the Gujarat Titans in the ongoing IPL.

It will be a tough task for the Babar Azam-led side to take on a full strength English team in their own backyard.

Who will take the early lead in the four-match series? To find out, tune in at 10 PM IST & 5:30 PM Local Time for its coverage.

Match Timings: 11 PM IST & 6:30 PM Local Time
Pakistan Squad: Babar Azam (c), Abrar Ahmed, Azam Khan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Irfan Khan, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan
England Squad: Jos Buttler (wk/c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Tom Hartley, Will Jacks, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, Mark Wood
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