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England v Pakistan third T20I: Prediction, Tips and Odds

It is still all to play for in England's T20I series with Pakistan as the teams head to Sophia Gardens in Cardiff for the third match of the series on Tuesday.

The first match at Headingley was a washout but England established a series lead in the second match at Edgbaston on Saturday, prevailing by 23 runs.

A win in Cardiff on Tuesday would give England an insurmountable lead in the series, while a Pakistan victory would mean Thursday's contest at the Oval becomes a series decider.

This is England's penultimate T20I contest before they look to defend their title at the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean and the USA in June.

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England v Pakistan third T20I betting tips and predictions

Phil Salt - England - Top Batter - 3/1

The impending birth of his third child means Jos Buttler will miss the third T20I with Pakistan on Tuesday and England will consequently need others to step up to the plate.

Buttler was England's standout player in the second T20I at Edgbaston with 84 runs off 51 balls but Phil Salt could compensate for the loss of the skipper at the crease in Cardiff.

Salt can be a serious threat in T20 internationals, having scored 109 not out and 119 against the West Indies in December, while he was also influential in this year's Indian Premier League.

Salt racked up 435 runs for Kolkata Knight Riders in the competition - more than any other English player this year - and he should be in high spirits, so back him to top score for the hosts.

Adil Rashid to take over 1.5 wickets - 5/4

In the bowling department, all the talk was understandably about Jofra Archer in England's win last time out as the paceman took two wickets in his first international encounter for more than a year.

Archer finished with figures of 2-28 at Edgbaston, although his return began with his first over costing 15 runs as Fakhar Zaman overpowered the fast bowler.

England's spinners were required to steady the ship before Archer returned and impressed in his second spell and they should not be underestimated in the third T20 either.

If conditions are favourable, England's slow bowlers could have a good time of it at Sophia Gardens and Adil Rashid is worth backing to pick up a couple of wickets.

Rashid was by no means England's standout bowler last time out, finishing with figures of 1-25, but he is a consistent threat with the ball and has taken two wickets in four of his last six matches.

Babar Azam - Pakistan - Top Batter - 5/2

Captain Babar Azam often dictates the pace of Pakistan's game at the crease and he should score the most runs for the visitors in their visit to Sophia Gardens.

Azam struck 32 runs of 26 balls at number three for Pakistan last time out with only Zaman (45) outscoring him.

And Azam looks ready to go a step further this time around and will be key to any chance Pakistan have of levelling the series.

Azam posted respectable scores of 75 and 57 in Pakistan's recent T20 tussle with Ireland in Dublin and also recorded 69 against New Zealand in Lahore back in April.

He averages a pretty decent 41.10 in the shortest format and is worth a bet at 5/2 to lead the scoring for Pakistan.

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England v Pakistan third T20I odds

England - 8/15
Pakistan -

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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