England vs Pakistan 2nd ODI: The 1st ODI at the Kennington Oval was abandoned after the rain gods poured down heavily. The teams will play 4 more ODIs but the focus entirely is on one man, who seems to have made a stern impression on the English selectors. Jofra Archer had made an irrefutable case in the 1st ODI. The English side have the likes of Liam Plunkett, David Wiley, Mark Wood in their ranks. After his fiery spell in the 1st match in damp conditions, Archer has set the bar high. It’s given the English think tank plenty to ponder. How will they respond? More importantly, How will the other pacers respond?
MOHAMMAD HASNAIN & ABID ALI HAVE PLENTY TO PROVE
Pakistan have included Mohammad Amir in the squad for this series, but the dextrous left-arm pacer has failed to make it to the World Cup squad. Amir has had a bizarre run. Since Jan 01, 2018, Amir has played 15 ODIs and has managed to pick only 5 wickets. They’ve opted for the 19-year-old Mohammad Hasnain who’s played a total of 4 List-A games. Hasnain has got pace but he’s got plenty to prove before the mega event begins.
Abid Ali, the right-handed batter also has to make his inclusion into the side count. Ali has played only 2 ODIs but his List-A record is splendid. In 98 games, he’s scored 3584 runs at 39.28, with an innings best of 209*. Pakistan are known for their flamboyant cricket but this time they’ve got a perfect blend of nudgers, technicians & smashers. How far will they go in the upcoming World event? The fixtures against England are assuredly the best habitude an Asian team would ask for.
READY TO PLAY?
Where: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
When: 11th May 2019, Saturday
Match Start-Time: 3:30 PM IST
England have a better head-to-head record between the two teams. The teams have met 83 times with England finishing on top 49 times, while Pakistan have won only 31. In England, the record betters. Out of 43 games, England have enrolled 26 victories. A win% of over 60. At home, England are without a shadow of a doubt, the favourites to win. Not only this bilateral series but also the World Cup. At the Rose Bowl, Southampton, England have played 16, won 9 & lost 7. Pakistan, on the other hand, have played 4 & have registered only one win. Younis Khan playing the protagonist on that occasion.
22 ODIs have been played at The Rose Bowl Southampton & teams batting 2nd have won 11 times while the teams chasing have won 10 times. England field one of the strongest batting line-ups & they’ve piled up scores of more than 400+ a couple of times in recent years. Not very long ago, on June 19th 2018, at Nottingham, England put up a mammoth 481/6 against Australia. Alex Hales, the major run-getter that day, has been ousted due to disciplinary issues but they’ve still got a power-packed batting line-up.
Both teams will remain unchanged after the rain-abandoned 1st ODI.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Jofra Archer, Joe Denly, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett.
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c/wk), Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
The focus entirely is on Jofra Archer & the pacer is making the ball do the talking. In the first ODI, the pacer bowled 4 overs, bowled 2 maidens, conceded only 6 runs & picked up a wicket. Liam Plunkett has this to say about Archer “Archer is “a class act” whose inclusion would make England a better team”. These words coming from a contemporary would do Archer’s confidence a world of good. He will be the man to watch out for.
From one class act to another. Babar Azam is one of the finest one-day cricketers in world cricket at the moment & his records speak for him. In 60 ODI, Azam has scored 2478 at 50.57. At number 3, Babar provides solidity to the Pakistani batting line-up & he’ll be the man England will keep a keen eye on. In England, Babar’s average drops to 30. It now becomes an incumbent situation for him to fire. And he’s got all the ability in the world to score against the very best. Jofra vs Azam will be one battle to behold.
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Eoin Morgan is England’s all-time highest run-getter with 6069 runs in 196 matches. Morgan also has been dismissed 12 times for a duck. The 2nd most for England.
Jason Roy’s 180 is the highest score by an English batsman in ODIs. Roy also is one of only 4 batsmen for England whose strike-rate is over a hundred – 105.51. Jos Buttler tops that list(118.34). Moeen Ali & Jonny Bairstow are the other two.
Adil Rashid is England’s highest wicket-taker from the current England squad chosen for the World Cup. Rashid (129), Liam Plunkett(121) & Chris Woakes(116) are the key operators for England.
Since 01 January 2017, Babar Azam has scored 1592 runs in 42 games at 49.75. Jonny Bairstow(1660 at 53.54), Eoin Morgan(1793 at 44.82) & Joe Root(2080 at 59.42) feature in the top 15 highest run-getters.
Hasan Ali has picked 66 wickets in the same period. He’s picked 3 5-fors in the last 28 months. Only Trent Boult(4) has picked more five-wicket hauls since January 2017.
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