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Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: England vs Pakistan - 1st ODI

Ben Stokes to captain England in absence of Eoin Morgan
Ben Stokes to captain England in absence of Eoin Morgan

The 1st ODI of the three-match series between England and Pakistan will be played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Thursday 8th July.

Live Scores and Stats - England vs Pakistan - 1st ODI - Thursday July 8th 2021

In the last five matches between the two teams, England have won 4 while Pakistan have won only one.

But, that will not matter at all as England have had to field a completely new ODI squad from the one that faced Sri Lanka after 7 members of their camp tested positive for COVID-19.

Pakistan are set to go with Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Haris Sohail and Shoaib Maqsood as their top 6.

Babar Azam is the top run-scorer for Pakistan with 449 runs from his last 6 matches at an average of 89 and a strike rate of 102. Fakhar Zaman has also made 304 runs at a strike rate of 111 from his last 4 matches.

Shaheen Shah Afridi has been the best bowler for Pakistan  and has picked up 11 wickets from his last 6 matches while bowling at a strike rate of 32 and an economy rate of 5.39. Haris Rauf has also picked up 8 wickets from his last 5 matches.

England are likely to field Zak Crawley, James Vince and Dawid Malan as their top 3. Ben Stokes, Dan Lawrence and Ben Duckett will form their middle order.

Lewis Gregory might pip Craig Overton in the all-rounder's role. Jake Ball, David Payne and Saqib Mahmood can all make the England XI, with Matt Parkinson being their only spinner.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs:

England - Zak Crawley, James Vince, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes (c), Dan Lawrence, Ben Duckett (wk), Lewis Gregory, Matt Parkinson, Jake Ball, David Payne, Saqib Mahmood

Pakistan - Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haris Sohail, Shoaib Maqsood, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win the toss? - Pakistan

Who will win? – Pakistan

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Dawid Malan (England), Babar Azam (Pakistan)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Saqib Mahmood (England), Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan)

Most Sixes – Ben Stokes (England), Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan)

Player of the Match –  Babar Azam

Team Scores Batting first – England 270+, Pakistan 310+

Match Handicap Pakistan

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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.

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