Match Report – ENG vs PAK third T20I, Might 28, 2024

England vs Pakistan – Match deserted and not using a toss

England and Pakistan will head to the T20 World Cup quick on match apply after persistent rain worn out Tuesday night time’s match between them in Cardiff and not using a ball being bowled. It’s the second abandonment of the collection after the climate ruined Wednesday’s collection opener in Leeds, with solely 39.2 of the 120 scheduled overs bowled to date.

Jos Buttler, England’s captain, didn’t journey to Cardiff and Moeen Ali would have led their aspect in his place if the sport had taken place. Buttler left the squad on Saturday night time following England’s 23-run win in Birmingham and travelled to London to be together with his spouse Louise, with the couple anticipating their third youngster imminently.
Mark Wooden was as a consequence of play his first match since early March for England, whereas Sam Curran would even have featured after being omitted on Saturday at Edgbaston. ESPNcricinfo understands that Jofra Archer would have been rested, with England taking a cautious method to his workload after such a protracted harm lay-off.

Buttler is anticipated to journey to Barbados with the remainder of the England squad on Friday, and will even return to the squad in time to play within the last match of the collection at The Oval on Thursday night time. As issues stand, the climate forecast for south London isn’t vastly promising as each side hope for a last run-out earlier than they journey, although ought to at the very least enable for a shortened match.

With neither aspect as a consequence of play an official warm-up match between Thursday and their respective opening group-stage fixtures, they are going to be comparatively undercooked in comparison with some groups on the World Cup. Pakistan have at the very least performed repeatedly on this format just lately, drawing 2-2 with New Zealand in April and beating Eire 2-1 earlier this month; Saturday’s match was England’s solely T20I since December 21.

There was heavy rain early on Tuesday morning in Cardiff, which continued for a lot of the day. It briefly stopped throughout the afternoon however returned at round 5.15pm, repeatedly delaying the toss till umpires Mike Burns and Russell Warren deserted the match at 8.12pm, a lot to the frustration of a sold-out crowd.

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