Cricket fans around the globe are eagerly awaiting the second T20 International clash between England and New Zealand, set to unfold at the historic Old Trafford stadium in Manchester on Friday, September 1st.

With England leading the four-match series 1-0 after their commanding 7-wicket victory in the opening game, anticipation is running high for another thrilling showdown. Now, the home side is determined to maintain their winning momentum and secure a series victory.

England will aim to put pressure on the New Zealand and a win in this match would not only give them a 2-0 series lead but also put them in a strong position to clinch the series.

On the flip side, New Zealand, known for their resilience and adaptability, will be keen to bounce back from their disappointing performance in the first T20I. The Kiwis are no strangers to the pressure of a series deficit and have the skill and depth in their squad to mount a strong comeback.

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T20 stats and records at Old Trafford:

  • Total matches: 12
  • Matches won batting first: 3
  • Matches won bowling first: 6
  • Average first Inns scores: 151
  • Average second Inns scores: 129
  • Highest total recorded: 199/5 (England)
  • Lowest total recorded: 135 (New Zealand)
  • Highest score chased: 199/5 (England)
  • Lowest score defended: 190/5 (Pakistan)

Old Trafford Pitch Report:

Old Trafford Pitch (Image Source: Twitter)

Old Trafford Cricket Ground continues to live up to its reputation as a ground that offers a balanced contest between bat and ball. The average first innings score at this venue is 151, indicating that batters can find value for their strokes. However, the pitch doesn’t heavily favor the batting side as the average second innings score is slightly lower at 129. One of the most interesting aspects of Old Trafford is the success of chasing teams. Despite the surface’s tendency to assist the bowlers in the second innings, chasing teams have emerged victorious in 6 games, while teams batting first have won 3 matches.

Manchester Weather Report:

Old Trafford Weather
Old Trafford Weather (Image Source: Twitter)

Fans can expect showers impacting the game, with precipitation levels are forecasted to reach 70%, accompanied by humidity at approximately 78%. Temperatures will be hovering around 19 degrees Celsius with the wind is anticipated to blow at a speed of 8 kilometers per hour.

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ENG vs NZ, Probable XIs:

England: Jonny Bairstow, Will Jacks, Dawid Malan, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Brydon Carse, Luke Wood

New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Tim Seifert (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (c), Lockie Ferguson

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