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by Alastair Symondson Tuesday 7 May 2019
The match will be played at the Kennington Oval in London. Interestingly, England are the number one ranked ODI side, while Pakistan are the top-ranked T20I team. When both these teams will clash with a full strength playing eleven, it will certainly make for exciting viewing.
England won the only T20I by seven wickets, successfully chasing 174, credit to a swashbuckling 29-ball 57-run knock from skipper Eoin Morgan.
Regular openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are expected to be back for England. While Roy is coming off an injury, Bairstow showed extraordinary form in the IPL and is more than capable of providing England a destructive start.
Joe Root and Eoin Morgan will be the mainstays of the English batting line up, while Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes are their all-rounders. Liam Plunkett and Jofra Archer will provide pace options to the team. Adil Rashid will be their leading spinner.
Pakistan will be without Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez, all of whom are not available for at least the first two ODIs.
Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam have shown good form in the practice matches, while Haris Sohail is coming on the back of two centuries in the ODI series against Australia. Mohammad Amir will have an opportunity to push for a place in the World Cup squad. Mohammed Hasnain, though, would like to put numbers beside his talent to stop Aamir from clinching his spot.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
England- Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer
Pakistan- Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c)(wk), Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan), Jonny Bairstow (England)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Hasan Ali (Pakistan), Jofra Archer (England)
Most Fours – Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan), Jonny Bairstow (England)
Team Scores Batting first – Pakistan 270+, England 290+
*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 soon, so stay tuned.
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