England vs Pakistan – Cardiff hosts opening Twenty20 match

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The Swalec Stadium in Cardiff will welcome England and Pakistan on Sunday with the opening match of the Twenty20 series.

Cardiff will host both T20 games, the second being on Tuesday, and Glamorgan CCC will welcome old boy Waqar Younis as he returns to his old stomping ground as the Pakistan coach.

Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq are concerns for Younis after they suffered injuries against Somerset in a warm-up match on Sunday.

But Pakistan can boast the two leading wicket takers in T20 cricket in Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul, and Paul Collingwood’s England side will need to be aware of the bowling threat.

Afridi returns to the Pakistan One Day International squad as captain and England will need to be aware of his batting ability, along with his bowling skills.

Despite holding the 4/7 favouritism, Pakistan have almost 70% of their T20 games and the team will be out to prove a point after recent events have overshadowed their set-up.

England’s Stuart Broad has a groin strain and could miss the match so Yorkshire seamer Ajmal Shahzad has been called up to the squad as a precautionary decision.

Craig Kieswetter will open the batting for England and after losing the wicket-keeping gloves to Steven Davies, he will be pumped up to prove his spot in the team – he is 5/6 to score more runs than Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.

Pakistan average 148 runs per T20 match whilst England average 145 and the 5/4 for Pakistan to win is extremely tempting.

England’s decision to drop star T20 batsman Kevin Pietersen could backfire and Pakistan fans may finally have something to cheer about.

Pakistan are 5/6 to score more than five sixes in the innings. See the full England vs Pakistan T20 cricket betting market here.

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