Can Mills and Mahmood Fire England to Series Lead Against the Windies?

26 Jan 2022

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The England tour of West Indies is already off to a flyer with both teams sharing the spoils going into the third T20I. While the Windies are in a transition phase, the English are also trying to widen their talent pool, which has seen them bench Liam Livingstone too.


However, the English will want to go all-out for a win in this fixture. This may involve them fielding their best eleven, bringing back Liam Livingstone and possibly Tymal Mills.


Speaking of Tymal Mills, the England pace-attack is shaping up well with young Saqib Mahmood also giving a good account of himself in the BBL. While Chris Jordan continues to impress in English colours, the presence of Tymal Mills and Saqib Mahmood, especially after their BBL returns, bodes well for England.


As we await the start of the third T20I, an insight into Mills and Mahmood's performances in the BBL is in order. So without further ado, here's some much-needed insight to get you going in the Sixer Market!


Two of a Kind - Mahmood and Mills Averaged a Match Score of Over 50 in BBL 2021-22!


Tymal Mills was long regarded as a quality white-ball bowler. But injuries have taken a toll on his performance. However, he is fit and firing with his performances for Perth Scorchers also holding him in good stead. In seven matches, Mills picked 12 wickets at a strike-rate of 12.92. The left-armer managed a match score of 60.24, the highest for any left-arm pacer not named Hayden Kerr and Jason Behrendorff in the BBL.


As for Saqib Mahmood, he announced himself in the BBL with a fiery spell of bowling against the Brisbane Heat. In six matches, Mahmood picked 13 wickets at a strike-rate of 10.62. However, Mahmood was a touch on the higher side in terms of his economy, which lead to a match score average of 50.27 with the Sydney Thunder.


Mills and Mahmood in Tandem - A Match Made In 'Pace-Heaven'?


Tymal Mills and Saqib Mahmood are a perfect match for each other. Although both are capable of generating high pace, their variations set them apart. Bringing in their death bowling skills and left-right angle into the equation only sweetens the deal. Against the relatively inexperienced Windies team, both Mills and Mahmood should prove to be a handful. But can they boost their fantasy stock price? Only time will tell!

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