England and Pakistan have collided in the first Test of the three-match series at the Emirates Old Trafford from August 5, Wednesday.
This first game of the series is nicely poised as both teams are not ready to get complacent yet and thus we are in for a scintillating end to this game. You can have my word - this game is going to produce a result and that is for sure; we just don’t know which way the match is going to swing by the end of Day 4. There could be a high possibility that the match could get over tomorrow until England pulls off a brilliant show in the fourth innings of this match. England bounced back in the game really well after they were bundled out for a below average total of 219 runs. Pakistan had a healthy lead of over 100 runs but the England bowlers had other plans as they ran through the visitors’ batting lineup way too easily. Pakistan ended the day with 137 for the loss of eight wickets but they do have a very good lead of 244 runs. This lead is very competitive as the pitch has clearly favoured the bowlers, particularly the spinners. I mean when was the last time we witnessed a ball turning a mile at the Emirates Old Trafford? So, you know we are in for a treat on Day 4 but in the meantime take a look at the markets I have assorted for you to bet on for tomorrow.
England have exposed Pakistan’s tail end in the third innings and it is just a matter of time that they finish it off quickly early on Day 4. Yasir Shah and Mohammad Abbas are at the crease unbeaten and they will have a tough time dealing with the England bowlers who will bend their backs to get them out and chase that target down with almost two days in hand. Yasir Shah is not a batsman for sure and thus this choice of market which is likely to go our way. Yasir Shah averages 13.66 in his Test career with the bat and against England, he averages 13.60. Shah has already scored 12 from 15 balls and there is no doubt about the fact that he has looked scratchy. Although he scored a brilliant hundred against Australia last year at the Adelaide Oval but that’s in the past. This game is totally different and the scenario is quite unfamiliar as well. In the third match innings, Shah averages 13.83 and that again is below the market required number. So head over to the Bet 365 website and place your bets!
Yet another tailender for Pakistan, Mohammad Abbas is unbeaten on 0 at the moment and it’s not long that one of England’s pace quartet or Dom Bess will remove him and send him back in the hut. Abbas’ average is even poorer than Yasir Shah as he averages just 2.33 against England. His average in the first match of any Test series is just 2.25 and that gives us a lot of breathing space. Abbas registered a first ball duck in the first innings of this Test match and in this innings, as you know, he is yet to get off the mark. In 19 Test matches and 25 innings, Mohammad Abbas has gone past the 4-run mark with the bat in just four occasions. Therefore, we don’t really have to worry much about his length of stay out there as it is just a matter of time. Bet 365 is offering the best odds of 1.90 for Mohammad Abbas to score less than 4.5 runs and that is the likely outcome.
A lot is riding on the shoulders of the England skipper Joe Root in the final innings of the match as they would need him to stay out as long as the hosts do not go over the line. With almost two days in hand, England will not have a big target to chase but it is never going to be easy against this Pakistani bowling attack. However, we are talking about Joe Root here and not any other batsman! Root holds an impeccable record against Pakistan as he averages 58.21 with 930 runs under his belt including one double hundred and six half centuries. The last time Root played against Pakistan at this very venue, he went on to register his career high score of 254*. He scored 325 runs in that game and quite unbelievably, Root was relentless. The English skipper averages 50.80 on the English soil with 4268 runs under his hat including 11 hundreds and 24 half centuries. In the first match of any series, Root averages 52.42 and he has six hundreds and 13 half tons. With a match at stake, Root is expected to deliver with his mighty piece of willow on Day 4 of this thrilling Test match. Head over to the Bet 365 website as they are offering odds of 4.00 for Joe Root to be the top team batsman for England in the fourth innings.