England v Pakistan Second Test Betting Tips & Preview

England v Pakistan Second Test Betting Tips & Preview

by 20th July 2016

England v Pakistan Match Odds

England 10/11  –  Draw 5/2  –  Pakistan 11/4
All match odds are from Ladbrokes Bookmaker and are subject to change

And so, Pakistan did the unthinkable at the Lords’! Not that they aren’t capable but no one gave them a chance to win – let alone dominate England. Yasir Shah and Misbah-Ul-Haq led Pakistan’s supremacy over England leading them to a comprehensive win. For the first time since 2014, England finds themselves 1-0 down in a home series. This makes the second test match starting at Old Trafford from Friday, July 22nd all the more interesting.

England were surprisingly subdued in all departments at the Lords’. Their batting mainstays Alastair Cook and Joe Root were below par in the first innings leaving them with a tough task in the second innings.

The success of leg spinners against English batsmen is well documented and Shah added another chapter to that. England will only hope that lightning doesn’t strike twice and that they can get back into the groove quickly.

With the ball, the absence of James Anderson was strongly felt with Stuart Broad failing to lead the pack while Steven Finn and Jake Ball struggled for consistency. It was left to the all-round abilities of Chris Woakes to carry England – though they fell short.

The return of Anderson, Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid should add bite to their attack and Cook will hope for a better outing. Moeen Ali who had a test match to forget could make way for Rashid who is a better attacking option with the ball.

Pakistan’s troubles at the top were masked by the brilliance of Misbah and Asad Shafiq in the middle order. There will be pressure on Mohammad Hafeez and Shan Masood to start picking up some runs while Younis Khan will also look to add his share of runs to the cause. The plucky Sarfraz Ahmed has scored vital runs down the order which proved vital in the first match.

All the focus ahead of the first test match was on Mohammad Amir but it was Shah who stole the show with his leg spin. England were left bamboozled while the support provided by Rahat Ali and Amir was enough for Pakistan to seal a memorable win. Pakistan will hope for more magic from the young leg-spinner and they could field the same side that won the first match.

It is unchartered territory for England but the result is completely justified. Expecting them to come up with another shocking performance is a little too much and the initial signs are that Cook and his men will definitely bounce back. Root will look to get back among runs and at odds of 11/4 with Ladbrokes, the stylish player is a good bet to be the best England batsman. For Pakistan, Misbah will be key with the bat and odds of 7/2 with Ladbrokes make him an ideal bet to be Pakistan’s best batsman.

Anderson should be itching to get back into action and back him to be among wickets quickly. At odds of 5/2 at Winner Sports, he is an exciting bet to be England’s top bowler in the first innings. For Pakistan, it could be Shah who could end up topping the bowling charts again – odds of 2/1 William Hill to be top Pakistan bowler in the first innings.

Top Tip For England v Pakistan Second Test

  Misbah to be top Pakistan batsman 7/2 at Ladbrokes
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