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England vs Pakistan, ENG vs PAK, Today Match Prediction 08 July 2021

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, England

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Toss Winner - England won the toss and chose to bowl first

England beat Pakistan by 9 wickets

Inexperienced England face uphill against in-form Pakistan in ODI series opener

  • Ben Stokes will lead England for the opening game of the ODI series.
  • Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan have been consistent performers for Pakistan in white-ball cricket.
  • Three England players have been tested positive for covid-19.

Expect Pakistan to beat England in the opening game at Cardiff.

Tournament: Pakistan Tour of England 2021 | Format: ODI | Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, England | Toss: To Bowl

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New-look England will be looking to put on a decent show when they take on Pakistan in the 1st ODI of the series played at Cardiff on Thursday.

ECB had to name a revised squad for the upcoming one-day series against England after three players were tested positive for covid-19. The squad led by Eoin Morgan has been advised to quarantine and will not participate in the ODI series. Instead, Ben Stokes has been named captain for the limited-overs. Seven uncapped players have been named for the three-match series.

On the other hand, Pakistan are making adequate preparations for the ODI series. With covid-19 striking England’s camp, the visitors do stand an excellent of doing well in this three-match series.


England Preview

Daniel Lawrence, Brydon Carse, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Phil Salt, Zak Crawley and John Simpson have earned their maiden call-up to the national side for the three-match series.

In the batting department, the side will be relying on Dawid Malan, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes and James Vince to deliver the bulk of the runs.

Dawid Malan and Phil Salt have are coming into this series on the back of decent performances in the ongoing T20 Blast competition. James Vince has endured a poor run with the bat and will see this call-up as an opportunity to showcase his talent with the bat.

Captain Ben Stokes will be hoping that the side can deliver a disciplined performance in this opening clash.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on the pace trio of Jake Ball, Saqib Mahmood and Craig Overton to deliver timely breakthroughs. Brydon Carse and Tom Helm are the other pacers named in the squad.

Danny Briggs and Matt Parkinson are two frontline spinners picked for the ODI series against Pakistan.

England Predicted Playing XI:

Ben Stokes (captain), Phil Salt, Dawid Malan, James Vince, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Lewis Gregory, Matt Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood, Jake Ball and Craig Overton.

England Actual Playing XI:

Matt Parkinson, Lewis Gregory, John Simpson, Brydon Carse, Craig Overton, Zak Crawley, James Vince, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan, Saqib Mahmood, Phil Salt

Pakistan Preview

Captain Babar Azam will be hoping that the side can deliver a strong show in this opening fixture at Cardiff. Abdullah Shafique, Agha Salman and Saud Shakeel are three uncapped players picked in ODI squad for England series.

Abdullah Shafique showed excellent form in the intra-squad game played between the Pakistan squad.

Haris Sohail is doubtful for the first game and might be replaced by Sohaib Maqsood or Saud Shakeel for this game.

In the batting department, the side will be relying on Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan to do the bulk of the scoring.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on Hasan Ali, Usman Qadir and Shaheen Afridi to make crucial breakthroughs

Pakistan Predicted Playing XI:

Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Sohaib Maqsood, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Nawaz/Usman Qadir, Shaheen Afridi.

Pakistan Actual Playing XI:

Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Sohaib Maqsood

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2.66 k/h
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1.47 k/h
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0.53 k/h
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5.79 k/h
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5.68 k/h
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3.96 k/h
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Weather Conditions

The wicket will have something for the bowlers with the new-ball. The weather forecast for Thursday’s game is going to be sunny intervals throughout the day

Venue Details

Pakistan will take heart from the fact that they have never lost a one-day game to England at Cardiff.

Toss: To Bowl

The side that wins the toss, would be keen to bowl first and restrict the opposition to less than 250 runs.

After analyzing both the squads, Pakistan will be favorites to win this opening encounter. With seven uncapped players in their squad, it will be interesting to see how England responds in this one-day series.

Expect Pakistan to beat England in the opening game at Cardiff.


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Author: Shoaib Z.