England vs Pakistan: Pakistan have been in their worst form ever. Just before World Cup 2019 commenced, Pakistan concluded the bilateral series against England and Australia without a single win. This embarrassing defeat put a lot of pressure on the Pakistani team and a concern in the minds of the critics, questioning their chances of winning the World Cup. Pakistan team assured their fans that they would rise from the ashes and promise of a great show in the ICC tournament. However, they started off their world cup quota losing a warmup game to Afghanistan.
They had a chance to redeem themselves in their first official game of World Cup 2019 against the Windies. Pakistan put up a paltry score of 105 in 21.4 overs, before getting all out. Cut to the end of the game, West Indies hand Pakistan a 7-wicket loss. All hell broke loose after this game, with even the ex-Pakistani players taking a dig at the men in green.
After all this, the game against England is no ordinary one for Pakistan. The team needs to put its best efforts to claim their first victory to shut off the trolls, who are mocking the team on every possible occasion.
One thing that may be troubling the Pakistan team is the venue of the upcoming game. The match against England is scheduled to happen at the same venue as the game against West Indies game: Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The bounce that the pitch generated, kept the Pakistani batsmen confused. While the venue is a major disadvantage for Pakistan, it may be a boon for the home team. Add to it, England has been in a tough form and are the favourites for this world cup. They strengthened the critic’s belief by putting up a great show in Kennington Oval, winning the match against South Africa, with a 104-run margin.
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The weather may be of concern in tomorrow’s game. Thick clouds will cover the sky starting at 1 pm, which will result in probable rains from 2 pm to 4 pm. Post which, rain may not cause any further trouble. The temperature will hover around the 18-degrees Celsius mark. The humidity will hover around 50 per cent.
Reports suggest that the game will be played on the strip that was home to the highest ODI score of 481. Thus, the fans can expect a run feast in the game tomorrow. Both teams flaunt strong power-hitters in their side, and this will be their chance to step up and deliver for their team, while enjoying all that the pitch will provide. The recommended choice is to opt to bat first on winning the toss. Defending a score could be easier over chasing a score.
Pakistan went against England on 87 occasions, with the latter claiming more victories in the contests. Out of the total 87 games played between the two nations, Pakistan won 31, while England won the remaining 53 matches. In England conditions, their record takes a further beating; Pakistan played 47 matches against England in England, and won mere 15 games, handing 30 wins to England in their home.
Jonny Bairstow, who was one of the most feared batsmen in the recent IPL tournament, got out on the very first delivery in the game against South Africa. He would look at making amends. The team will need him to provide a good start, to put up big scores. Apart from Bairstow, the remaining batting line up, including Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes, seemed in pretty good form in the last game. Jofra Archer’s bouncers put the Proteas on the backfoot and the team will expect him to continue the same against Pakistan. The team will expect Jos Buttler to bounce back into form, after a disastrous performance in the last game.
Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid
In the Pakistan team, the onus will be on the top – Babar Azam, Imam-Ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman to give the team a steady start. Given the pitch has a lot to offer the batsmen, the men in green will look the trio to put on some fireworks, to take the pressure off the middle order. Pakistan may rest Haris Sohail and bring in Asif Ali in his place. Haris Sohail visibly struggled at the pitch and his exclusion may not be a surprise. On the contrary, Asif put up a good show in the England ODI series. The torchbearer in the pace department for Pakistan will be Mohammad Amir. Having picked up three wickets in the last game, the team will hand him the ball in the times of need and expect him to deliver.
Probable XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMER
Jonny Bairstow – England
Babar Azam – Pakistan
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TV – Star Sports
Match Timings – 15:00 IST; 10:30 local
The prediction is for England to win the match.
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