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by Alastair Symondson Wednesday 8 May 2019
You can watch all the action from the IPL eliminator by downloading the BT Sport app in the UK and the Hotstar app in the UK and India. For the England v Pakistan ODI, just download the SkyGo app in the UK.
England v Pakistan 1st ODI
After a close victory in the only T20I, England will now take on Pakistan in a full-fledged five-match ODI series which will be the dress rehearsal for both teams for the highly-awaited ODI World Cup.
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
IPL Eliminator - Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Capitals
Sunrisers Hyderabad have become the first team in the history of the IPL to qualify to the playoffs with just 12 points.
This is a reflection of the number of closely contested matches that the team was a part of. When they won, they won handsomely and when they lost, they lost with small margins. This helped their net run rate immensely and the team now finds itself in the Eliminator.
However, Delhi would feel a bit hard done by as they are with 18 points after nine wins and five losses from 14 matches. It is a bit harsh on the team that despite winning three more matches than Hyderabad, they are now in the same boat as SRH and one loss will knock them out of the league.
The match will be played at Hyderabad's home ground at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. Both teams have different USPs. While Delhi Capitals are unpredictable and can dish out extreme performances on either side of the spectrum on their day, bit more consistency is expected out of Sunrisers Hyderabad who might not go berserk and score 220 but guarantee a level of competitiveness.
Hyderabad have been struggling with their batting after the departure of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow and would desperately need the likes of Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha, Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson to get them off to a good start.
Delhi Capitals- Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult
Sunrisers Hyderabad- Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed
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