Man of the Match: Mohammad Hafeez
Host England aim to continue winning run against Pakistan
Our Prediction is England to win!
The home team England will face off against Pakistan in the sixth game of 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup at Trent Bridge on Monday.
In their previous game, England comfortably brushed aside South Africa, courtesy splendid performances from Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Eoin Morgan. The home side will be looking to continue their winning momentum in the competition.
On the other hand, Pakistan will make changes to their playing XI for the game against England. The side suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of West Indies at Trent Bridge on Friday. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will under a lot of pressure as the side has failed to win a one-day game since the South Africa tour.
Eoin Morgan will be pleased with his side’s dominant performance against South Africa in the opening game of the competition. The side started their campaign with an emphatic 104-run against South Africa at The Oval. The home side will be keen to continue their winning momentum in this game as well.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, and Joe Root to deliver runs in this game. Opener Jonny Bairstow perished for a first-ball duck in the previous game played against South Africa. He will be looking to make a strong comeback with the bat against Pakistan. Roy and Root produced half-centuries to help England rebuild their innings against South Africa. Roy scored 54 off 53 balls with the help of eight boundaries. He was well supported by Joe Root, who chipped in with 51 of 59 balls with the help of five fours. The duo will be keen to continue their good form in the next couple of matches.
Eoin Morgan added another milestone to his name by becoming first England player to complete 7,000 runs in white-ball cricket. The skipper led from the front with the bat and smashed 57 off 60 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes.
All-rounder Ben Stokes came to the party for England in this World Cup opening game. He scored 89 off 79 balls with the help of eight boundaries. His innings certainly helped England post 311 for 8 in their 50 overs. Wicket-keeper Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali perished while trying to up the ante in the later stages of the innings.
In the bowling department, pace bowler Jofra Archer was the standout for England in the game played against South Africa. He picked up key wickets of Aiden Markram and Faf du Plessis to see England take control of the game. Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid also bowled well and picked up crucial wickets for the side in the previous game played against South Africa.
Eoin Morgan (captain), Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes/Mark Wood
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, AU Rashid, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Jofra Chioke Archer, Ben Stokes, CR Woakes
The side will really need to dig deep after suffering a comprehensive defeat against West Indies. Pakistan has managed to win only two games of their last 16 matches since Jan 2019. Sarfaraz Ahmed will be hoping that the side can raise their game with the bat and ball against England.
The team management will be concerned over the lack of application shown by Pakistani batsmen in the previous game. On a decent pitch, the batting lineup produced reckless strokes and was dismissed for 104 runs in 21.4 overs.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, and Imam-ul-Haq to do the bulk of the scoring. Imam-ul-Haq perished for a low score against West Indies. Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam failed to capitalize on their good starts to see Pakistan in all sorts of trouble in the initial Powerplay. The top-three will need to deliver notable scores for Pakistan in this game. Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Mohammad Hafeez will need to raise their game and deliver runs for the side. Shoaib Malik might come in place of Imad Wasim to strengthen the batting lineup for this game.
In the bowling department, Mohammad Amir bowled well and picked up three wickets in his six overs. Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz conceded a lot of runs with the new-ball. Shadab Khan will be the lone spinner for the side for this game.
Fakhar Zaman, Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain &wk), Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail/Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan
Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, F Zaman, Hasan Ali, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz, Imam-ul-Haq
The wicket prepared for the game will provide an interesting contest between bat and ball. The quick bowlers will get some assistance from the surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Monday will be mostly cloudy.
Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in Nottingham is going to host the game between England and Pakistan. Earlier this month, England beat Pakistan by three wickets in a game played at this venue. England has an excellent head-to-head record against Pakistan in white-ball cricket Since Jan 2012.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and make early use of the conditions. The quick bowlers will get some carry and bounce from the surface.
There is no doubt that England win will overwhelming favorites to win this game. Based on current form, England has a lot of firepower in their batting and bowling lineup. The side will be keen to continue their winning momentum in this game.
Expect England to register a comprehensive win against Pakistan.
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