Despite sitting pretty in the driver's seat for the majority of the Test match, Pakistan succumbed to a superb rearguard partnership between Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes, meaning that the English side ran away with a memorable victory.
However, Pakistan would fancy their chances at the Ageas Bowl in the absence of Ben Stokes, who isn't available for the remainder of the series.
Generally a happy hunting ground for the hosts, England didn't have the best of times last month against West Indies.
With Joe Root and Stuart Broad looking in good form, England will look to seal another series win, provided that the weather gods show some mercy over the next few days.
All in all, another thrill-a-minute contest awaits us with both sides itching to get the better of the other in Southampton.
Squads to choose from
Joe Root (C), Dom Sibley, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Ollie Robinson, Jos Buttler, Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, James Anderson and San Curran
Azhar Ali (C), Babar Azam, Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Imam-ul-Haq, Kashif Bhatti, Shan Masood, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Predicted Playing XIs
Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Ollie Pope, Stuart Broad, Dom Bess, James Anderson, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes
Abid Ali, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali (C), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Yasir Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Abbas and Naseem Shah/Sohail Khan
Match: England vs Pakistan, 2nd Test
Date: 13th August 2020, at 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
The previous Test at the Ageas Bowl saw the pacers dominate proceedings with them accounting for 32 of the 36 wickets that fell.
However, the spinners should get some spin off the surface this time around which should keep the likes of Dom Bess and Yasir Shah interested.
The batsmen are in for a tough test in Southampton, although the weather forecast for this Test match isn't promising at all. Nevertheless, both teams will ideally look to bat first on winning the toss, despite overcast conditions suggesting otherwise.
ENG vs PAK Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Mohammed Rizwan, Babar Azam, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Abid Ali, Rory Burns, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Shaheen Afridi and Yasir Shah
Captain: Joe Root, Vice-Captain: Stuart Broad
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Jos Buttler, Babar Azam, Joe Root, Azhar Ali, Dominic Sibley, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, James Anderson, Shaheen Afridi and Yasir Shah
Captain: Jofra Archer, Vice-Captain: Joe Root