Our Prediction is England to win the match!
Host England will be looking to get off to a positive start when they take on Pakistan in the second game of the one-day series in Southampton on Saturday.
The home side will be disappointed as the first game of the one-day series was abandoned due to rain. England Skipper Eoin Morgan will be hoping that the side can maintain their standards with the bat and ball in this game.
On the other hand, Pakistan will need to put in an improved performance with the bat in order to compete with England in this one-day series. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed will be hoping that the side can deliver a clinical performance with bat and ball in this game.
The side will be looking to produce a pitch-perfect performance in this game. Eoin Morgan-led unit delivered a disciplined bowling performance at The Oval before continuous rains slashed across the ground to see the game called off. It will be interesting to see whether Jason Roy comes back into the playing XI for this game. He was ruled out of the opening game due to a back spasm. If Roy does not clear the fitness Test, James Vince will open the innings with Jonny Bairstow for this game.
Jonny Bairstow will be looking to do well against Pakistan in this one-day series. He has been in scintillating form with the bat in limited-overs cricket over the past six months. Bairstow has the ability to score quickly and take the attack to the bowlers in the initial Powerplay overs. He has produced incredible numbers for England in limited-overs cricket.
Joe Root and Eoin Morgan are two bankable players in the middle-order for England. The duo delivered crucial performances to help England beat Pakistan in the one-off T20I game played at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
All-rounder Ben Stokes will see this one-day series as an opportunity to rediscover his mojo with bat and ball. He certainly struggled with bat and ball in the Indian Premier League and will be keen to find form in this series. Wicket-keeper Jos Buttler has been in scintillating form with the bat in the past six months. He is certainly one player that can score quickly and decimate bowling attacks in the later stages of the innings.
In the bowling department, Debutant pace bowler Jofra Archer bowled an impressive spell with the new-ball. He picked up the wicket of Fakhar Zaman and finished with figures of 1 for 6 in his four overs. Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett also bowled well and did not allow Pakistan to get any easy runs.
Eoin Morgan (captain), Jos Buttler (wk), James Vince/Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett.
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Liam Plunkett, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, AU Rashid, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, CR Woakes, David Willey
The visitors will be looking to improve their recent record in the limited-overs format when they will face England in the second game of the series at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.
For this game, the team will be depending on the likes of Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam and Haris Sohail to share the responsibility in the batting department. Imam-ul-Haq looked in good form with the bat in the previous game. He scored unbeaten 42 runs off 68 balls with the help of five boundaries. Left-hander worked hard for his runs in conditions that certainly aided the quick bowlers.
The team management will be worried over the form of Fakhar Zaman, who once again looked vulnerable in bowler-friendly conditions at The Oval. Babar Azam scored 16 off 20 balls with the help of three boundaries before Plunkett dismissed in the 12th over of the innings. Pakistan will be hoping that Azam can produce a big score in this game.
The return of middle-order batsman Shoaib Malik is going to boost the morale of the team going into this game. Malik has the ability to anchor the innings and also score quick runs in the later stage of the innings.
All-rounder Imad Wasim might go ahead of Sarfaraz Ahmed in the batting order as he has the ability to provide the big finish.
In the bowling department, the likes of Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Amir will have the task to provide breakthroughs for the team with new-ball.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain & wk), Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shoaib Malik/Asif Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir.
Yasir Shah, Babar Azam, SI Wasim, F Zaman, Hasan Ali, Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Sarfraz Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq
Traditionally, the pitch provides an interesting contest between bat and ball. The spinners will get assistance from the surface in this game. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Saturday is going to have sunny intervals with a gentle breeze.
The Rose Bowl in Southampton has been a happy hunting ground for England in recent times. Eoin Morgan and co. have won their last three games played at The Rose Bowl. Pakistan’s only win came at this venue in 2006.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and put runs on the board. Spinners will play a role in the second half of the game. Majority of the one-day games played at this venue have been won by sides batting first.
Based on current form, England will start as outright favorites to win this game. Eoin Morgan-led unit has been hard to beat in their home conditions in limited-overs cricket. With the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan showing excellent form with the bat this season, we expect England to register a comfortable win over Pakistan in this game.
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