England vs Pakistan 3rd ODI: Pakistan’s woes continue as they remain winless yet another time against England in the 2nd ODI of the series. Their winless streak gets further extended to 8 games and they need to strongly look at making a comeback in the next game.
PAKISTAN LOOK TO GET OFF THE MARK
However, there were a lot of positives from their previous game, which could give them the required motivation. Though they lost the match, they did put up a great fight while chasing a mammoth target of 374, set by the hosts. Pakistan managed to score 361 in their 50-over spell, with Fakhar Zaman being their star batsman. Well, a total of 734 runs was scored in 100 overs, which gives us a glimpse of what we can expect in the upcoming World Cup, which is played here in England.
England have continued their top form by showing their dominance in yet another match. It was an entire team effort with remarkable performances coming in from Jos Buttler (110*), Eoin Morgan (71*) and Jason Roy (87). All of their batsman who had come out to bat had in fact played a decent knock, which proves the batting strength in the side. They will be looking to continue the same momentum and make themselves ready for the World Cup.
The Men in Green looked strong while batting, with their top order rising up to the occasion and delivering it for their team. However, the team looked pale while bowling, as they were unsuccessful in breaking partnerships and could only manage to restrict 3 batsmen. There is no doubt that every team today is eyeing the World Cup and Pakistan is no different. In order to better their chances of winning the coveted cup, Pakistan needs to focus and improve on all aspects of the game.
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Unlike the previous pitch, the County Ground in Bristol might not offer runs in a platter. The ground has hosted 4 domestic ODI’s this season and the 300-run mark has only been crossed once. Though it might not aid the batsmen completely, it does offer suitable batting conditions and a score of 280-295 can be a good target.
The sun is going to shine bright in Bristol during the course of the match. There are absolutely no signs of rain and the players will be playing under a temperature of 20-degree Celsius.
Pakistan will be keen to get their bowling unit together and let their seniors take the baton from the younger lot. Junaid Khan is expected to make a comeback while Faheem Ashraf might be rested. Shaheen Afridi, Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali will form a brilliant pace attack, while Imad Wasim and Yasir Shah will be their spinning options. Also, Shoaib Malik is set to make his comeback in the game and could replace Haris Sohail.
Probable Playing XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail/Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (C & wk), Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf/Junaid Khan, Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi.
With Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid missing their net sessions, they are most likely to be dropped in this game. Rashid might be replaced with Joe Denly, who can be a lethal batsman and can also provide his services as a bowler. Their top 5 batsmen had a good outing in their first game and will feature in this game too. Captain Eoin Morgan would be expecting an improved performance from the pacers.
Probable Playing XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Jos Buttler (wk), Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, David Willey
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
Jason Roy (England) | Babar Azam (Pakistan)
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Match Timings – 17:30 IST; 13:00 local
Prediction: The prediction is in favour of England to win the match.
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