England vs Pakistan: After trashing Pakistan in the T20 game last week, winning the game by 7 wickets, England will face them again; this time in the ODI setup. Pakistan will play England, in a five-match ODI series, starting at the Kennington Oval in London. Coming just a week before the World Cup, this series will impact both team’s morale, significantly.
Eoin Morgan will captain the England team in this series. England will go into this tournament with great confidence, given they are sitting on the top of the list of Top ODI Teams. On the other hand, Pakistan will enter the series as underdogs, being sixth on the same list. They are coming back from an embarrassing show in UAE, against Australia, where the men in green lost all of 5 games played. In fact, Pakistan hasn’t been all that successful in the ODI format over the past 2 years.
The pitch at Oval stadium has been famous to help the batsmen. It has been the home to multiple 300 plus-score matches in the last 2 years. Given that both England and Pakistan flaunt explosive batsmen in their line-up, a high scoring game seems like a given.
The weather report has some major bad news for the players and the fans. The weather forecast reports the possibility of heavy downpour throughout the day. The temperature is expected to hover between 11 degrees Celsius and 14 degrees Celsius. The sun will, in all probability, will be hidden behind the dark clouds.
It is speculated that Jofra Archer may make his ODI debut. The right arm medium pacer impressed everyone with his performance in the T20I, earlier this month. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow will open the innings for England. If the duo manages to put up a decent partnership, the game may drift in favour of England team. Bairstow has been super impressive in his role as the opener for SRH in IPL and he will hope to continue the same form. The responsibility of the middle order will lie on Captain Morgan and Joe Root. Moeen Ali will absent in the game, due to his rib injury. England team is going into this with Adil Rashid, as the lone spinner in the lineup.
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Jofra Archer/Joe Denly, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood
England may face bowing challenges early in the game, given the opening pair for Pakistan are both left-handed. The left-handed duo, Imam and Fakhar will open the innings for Pakistan. Babar Azam and Haris Sohail will manage the responsibility of the middle order for the team. Faheem and Imam will need to deliver with the ball, to see their team triumph over the 3-lions team. It will be interesting to see how Mohammad Amir performs, given he has been dropped from the provisional World Cup squad.
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK), Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Shaheen Afridi
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
Jonny Bairstow- England
The man who has been the highlight performer for Sun Risers Hyderabad team, in the ongoing edition of the IPL, will be the player to look out for in the England team.
Babar Azam- Pakistan
Babar has shown great mettle in the last T20 game against England. The 24-year-old right-handed batsman scored 65 off 42 balls in the game, helping Pakistan post a total of 173.
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD
Live Streaming – Hotstar
Match Timings – 05:30 IST, 13:00 local time
The prediction is for England to win the match.
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