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England vs Pakistan – Batting second may be best at Headingley

| 11.09.2010

Batting second could be the order of the day as England prepare for the second match in their one-day series with Pakistan at Headingley.

England claimed a 21-run triumph in the first game of the five-match series and are 2/7 to follow up with another victory.

However, with the team batting first at Headingley only averaging 218 and six of the last eight games at the venue being won by the team chasing, there is a strong case for batting second.

England were put in to bat in the first game of the series and were indebted to Steven Davies, who scored 87 off 67 balls.

Opening batsmen have a good record at Headingley and he is 9/4 to make it back-to-back 50s.

Jonathan Trott scored a more pedestrian 50 in the first game and is 7/4 to reach the milestone again.

Pakistan’s biggest problem came in their bowling and they appeared to heavily miss seam duo Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir, who have both returned home after being accused of spot fixing.

England are likely to remain unchanged as they have often been reluctant to change a winning team, while Pakistan have the option of bringing in Abdul Razzaq.

Razzaq not only gives another option with the ball, but also is more than capable of swinging the bat and quickly racking up a match-winning score.

Pakistan are 5/2 to square the series at 1-1 and Umar Akmal is a strong candidate to be their top runscorer.

He is 11/4 to score a 50, while his brother Kamran is 9/4 to add another 50 to the one he gained at the Riverside.

England are evens to score more runs than Pakistan in their first over. See the entire England vs Pakistan match betting market.



Ed Needham