England vs Pakistan 4th ODI: In most cases, 359 in an ODI would be a winning target. Not against this English side. They are absolutely merciless when it comes to batting in their own backyard. England have scored over 300, 35 times in the last 4 years. They’ve scored over 350 14 times & have gone on to score the highest score in ODIs – 481 during this period. On Tuesday, the Pakistani dressing room would have been extremely positive about winning the ODI after Imam-Ul-Haq’s brilliant 151. However, not only did English sabotage their bowling attack but also chased down the target at a canter. The Poms won with 31 balls to spare.
How much is enough then? One might wonder. The mega event will be played on similar wickets & in an attempt to compensate for a mediocre bowling attack, are the English curators producing belters that might actually backfire?
ARE THE ENGLISH BATSMAN THAT GOOD?
Since January 2017, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan & Jonny Bairstow are among the top run-getters in the 50-over format. While Virat Kohli is the undisputed No.1, the English batters have garnered impressive numbers. Joe Root is a class act and his numbers in the last 2 years have been phenomenal. In 52 ODIs, the ex-English skipper has scored 2163 runs at 58.45. Jonny Bairstow can strike them clean. The dasher has been at his scintillating best & has carried his IPL form to the 50-over format as well. Bairstow has scored 1839 runs at 55.72 & not very far behind with 1881 runs at 47.02 is Eoin Morgan.
Jos Buttler is one of the best in world cricket at the moment. His 110 off 55 balls in the 2nd ODI was a masterclass and the English managed to win the 3rd without him featuring in the line-up.
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Their numbers in England are gargantuan. England’s bowling discipline isn’t the best. But with stars who can strike the leather off of the ball, no target is massive enough. In fact, England have conceded over 350 runs 4 times this year & have gone on to chase all 4 successfully. They’ve got an opportunity to seal the series at Nottingham but against an effervescent Pakistani legion, you never know what’s coming.
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Where: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
When: 17th May 2019, Friday
Kick-Off Time: 5:30 PM, IST
Trent Bridge, Nottingham has been England’s favourite hunting ground in recent times. Not that England have bundled their opponents out for paltry targets but for the number of runs they’ve been able to post.
August 30th 2016 – England won the toss & scored 444 for 3, (the record for the highest ODI total then) against Pakistan. Alex Hales scored 171 off 122, Buttler smashed 90 off 51 & the others chipped in as well. England won that game by 169 runs.
June 19th 2018 – Team England are put to bat this time & boy did they punish the Aussies. 481/6 in 50 overs meant that the record was shattered. Yet again. Hales & Bairstow doing unprecedented damage. The Poms won that game by 262 runs.
Hales isn’t a part of the team now but that doesn’t seem to minimize their batting options. How much will England score this time? It took a decade for a team to go past Sri Lanka’s 443 against the Netherlands. England, in a span of three years, have made a mockery of the record.
Out of the 44 matches played at this venue, the teams batting first have won 18 while the teams chasing have won 23.
Adil Rashid is set to return for England. Mark Wood & Jofra Archer are likely to replace Chris Woakes & Liam Plunkett. While the attention on an entirety will be on Archer, Wood can use this to his advantage & do the job with the ball. But can the English board ignore the quality of Jofra Archer? Bairstow did his bit in the 3rd ODI & is likely to be rested. James Vince is expected to take his spot. Jos Buttler will walk in for this game & will also lead the English legion.
Shoaib Malik is expected to return to the playing XI. Mohammad Hasnain is expected to take Faheem Ashraf’s. Mohammad Hafeez for Harris Sohail will be a change Pakistan are looking at.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Jason Roy, James Vince, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (c/wk), Ben Stokes, Joe Denly, Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.
Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c/wk), Haris Sohail / Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Junaid Khan.
FANFIGHT FANTASY CRICKET TEAMS FOR ENGLAND vs PAKISTAN 4th ODI
Since the start of 2016, in List-A games, 8 totals of more than 400 have been registered at Trent Bridge. The most recent being 433/7 by the Notts on 26th April 2019.
Imam-Ul-Haq has had an impressive start to his ODI career. In 27 games the southpaw has scored 1387 runs at 60.04. The 2nd highest average for a player who’s scored 1000 ODI runs. He’s scored 6 hundreds & 5 fifties. Imam is also the only player to score 4 hundreds in his first 9 ODIs.
England have played Pakistan 7 times at this venue. The equation so far, 4-3 in favour of England.
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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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