It has been an astonishingly good series - runs have been flowing, wickets have been shattering, catches have been flying! Ahead of the final game of what has been a sensational match-up, we have our final batch of Pakistan vs England betting tips! The game gets underway from 7 pm IST on Sunday 2nd October at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
From a romantic sporting perspective, it could be a beautiful end to the series if the team in green comes out on top. England’s first series in Pakistan since 2005 has been a resounding success - and a win would cap off a memorable few weeks for the country’s sporting landscape. Looking for an online cricket betting strategy? Our match preview has you covered!
Our Pakistan vs England betting tips throughout this series have been focusing on value. England were marginal outsiders in the previous game, and we recommended backing them at the price.
This time around, the hosts are much more pronounced underdogs after Friday’s defeat - they’re available at odds of 2.16, while the Three Lions are available at 1.71. Sticking to our philosophy, our cricket predictions revolve around a win for Pakistan.
Match Winner: Pakistan
Toss Winner: Pakistan
Phil Salt top England batsman
A century to be scored in the match
There may be some sentiment in predicting a win for the hosts, but there is more logic than feeling behind our selection. The number one reason is value - Pakistan are some way over evens to come out on top here at Pure Win - despite some impressive performances throughout the series. They will have a heaving home advantage, with the crowd baying for a momentous series win over England, and the opening pair Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan in full flow.
As always, the toss will prove an important factor in this match-up. Three of the last four games have been won by the team batting first - but the dew factor was a major part of the reason England chased home a daunting target with such ease on Friday. The winning skipper is likely to insert the opposing team into bat.
The caveat to predicting Pakistan to win is it ignores the force of display from England on Friday - in particular the volatile Phil Salt. Ex-England skipper Eoin Morgan has been effusive in his praise for the opener, and it’s easy to see why he is so highly rated.
Chasing 170 to win after a typically brilliant knock from Babar Azam (87 from 59 balls), Salt set about Pakistan’s bowling attack with relish - peppering them to all parts as he raced to a half century from just 19 balls. He finished the innings on 88 from just 41 balls - a strike rate of 214.63. He steered his team to the target with 4.3 overs remaining! If they had continued at the rate of scoring, England would have posted 230+ runs!
It will be a tight match, but a vibrant home crowd, the form of Azam and Rizwan, and the weight of the occasion leads us to fancying Pakistan at great odds.
We may be predicting a Pakistan win, but our heads have been turned by Phil Salt. He was simply sensational on Friday - there’s every reason to believe he’ll be just as effective on the same pitch on Sunday.
His strike rate has been impressive throughout the series, averaging 156.38 per 100 balls. He has hit 147 runs and we fancy him to move above the 200-run mark with another impactful innings here. You can back him to finish top of the England run-making rankings at odds of 4.6.
Our second recommended bet is to look at the century-scoring market with Pure Win. Hitting a hundred in T20 cricket is quite rare, but the decks in this series are proving to be quite batting friendly. We’re anticipating another run-fest on Sunday, and so a century to be scored at odds of 10.0 looks attractively priced!
Phil Salt top England batsman - 4.8
A century to be scored in the match - 10.0
The win for the visitors last time out means the Pakistan vs England head to head record in this format reads 17-9 to the Three Lions.
Can the team in green close the gap and win the series?
The Gaddafi Stadium offered up a flat deck on Friday, but the average first innings score at this ground over the previous five completed T20I matches at this venue is 156.8, which suggests there’s enough in it for the batters and bowlers.
Sun is set to beat down on Lahore all day long on Sunday - the dew factor will likely come into effect once again for the team fielding last.
Star players Mohammad Rizwan and Haris Rauf were rested for the defeat on Friday - it’s unlikely team management will make the same call again, with so much riding on the line.
There are no new injury concerns for the hosts.
Will we see Jos Buttler make a return from injury? The prospect of him forming an opening three with Phil Salt and Alex Hales is a mouth-watering one. One of Ben Duckett or Harry Brook could make way for the IPL’s top run scorer earlier this year.
It would be a romantic end to what has been a sensational series if Pakistan get the victory on Sunday. The odds on them to win are attractive, and we think they’re worth backing!