Pakistan v England first T20: Buttler rested despite ODI record
Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | November 25, 2015
Pakistan v England
- First T20 International
- Thursday, November 26th
- Play begins: 16:00 GMT
- Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Live on Sky Sports 2
Buttler batting a miss for tourists
Wicket-keeper/batsman Jos Buttler broke England’s One Day International record for the fastest century to wrap up that series against Pakistan 3-1, and punters can feel aggrieved that he is rested for the first of three T20 contests between these two.
There’s little in the outright series or match markets, with Coral making touring England odds-on at 8/11 for victory in both, while their nominal hosts in the United Arab Emirates are 11/10 chances.
Buttler, who reached that ODI ton in just 46 balls en route to 116 not out, was a fabulous 13/2 chance to top score for the tourists again in 20 overs instead of 50, but skipper Eoin Morgan revealed he would be rested. Alternatively, Jason Roy appeals to punters in a superb 7/1 wincast featuring an England victory and him being best with the bat for his country.
Ali improvement means he’s worth a punt
England’s spin bowling has come in for plenty of criticism during this tour of the UAE with unforgiving pitches not helping the cause. Moeen Ali found the Dubai surface to his liking in the final ODI, however, taking the best figures of 3-53.
The Worcestershire all-rounder was also top bowler during the T20 tour warm-up game against the Emirates, recording an impressive 4-11. It pays, then, to back Ali to be best with the ball again from England at a nifty 9/2.
Pakistan retain experience
Although this is a short form of cricket, openings for younger players remain few and far between from Pakistan’s perspective.
Mohammad Irfan’s seven wickets during the One Day series made the 33-year-old a worthy 3/1 favourite in the best Pakistan bowler market for this match but he too isn’t playing, so punters must decide on whether erratic fast bowler Wahab Riaz is worth a wager at 10/3.
All-rounder Shoaib Malik, also 33, was their best with the bat last time out, making 52 off just 34 balls, and is 9/2 to repeat that on the same ground here.
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