Formidable England aim to clinch one-day series against Pakistan
Our Prediction is England to win the Match!
Host England will be looking to clinch the one-day series when they take on Pakistan in the fourth game to be played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday. England registered a comprehensive win over Pakistan in the previous game, a courtesy splendid century from Jonny Bairstow. The batting lineup raised their game to see England chase down a mammoth score of 358 runs in 45 overs. With this result, England has taken a 2-0 lead in the five matches one-day series.
Having lost their last two games in a row, Pakistan will be keen to get back to winning ways in Nottingham. The side certainly needs to raise their game with the ball in order to break their losing streak in the competition. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and co. will need to bring their A-game to the table in order to end their losing streak in this one-day series.
In their previous match, England produced a phenomenal batting performance to chase a mammoth score against Pakistan. Eoin Morgan will be pleased with his side’s clinical performance in Bristol and will be hoping that they can seal the one-day series on Friday.
In the batting department, the team will be relying heavily on the opening pair of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow to do the bulk of the scoring. Bairstow put on a brilliant partnership of 156 runs with Jason Roy for the opening wicket to help England get off to flying start in the chase.
Bairstow smashed 128 runs off 93 balls with the help of 15 fours and 5 sixes, whereas Roy chipped in with 76 runs off 55 balls with the help of eight fours and four sixes. The home side will be hoping that the opening pair can continue their excellent form in the remaining two games of the one-day series. Joe Root looked pro-active at the crease in the previous game and added 75 runs with Bairstow to see England placed in a strong position to win the game. He scored 43 off 36 balls with the help of four fours and a six.
All-rounder Ben Stokes has promoted up the order to find a form with the bat. He certainly looked fluent in his innings and scored 37 off 38 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. Moeen Ali also scored unbeaten 46 off 36 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes. He put on crucial partnerships with Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan to see England chase down a mammoth score of 359 runs with five overs to spare.
In the bowling department, the side certainly lacked potency in their attack in the absence of Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer. Medium-pacer Chris Woakes was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets to his name. David Willey and Tom Curran looked pretty pedestrian on a pitch that offered nothing to the quick bowlers.
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (captain), Ben Stokes, Joe Denly, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer/Tom Curran, Moeen Ali, Liam Plunkett, David Willey.
Joe Root, Tom Curran, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, AU Rashid, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, James Vince, Jofra Chioke Archer, Ben Stokes, Joe Denly
The visitors will be looking to turn things around in the fourth game of the one-day series against England. Pakistan will be looking to break their losing streak after suffering two back-to-back defeats in the one-day series. The team management will be concerned over the lack of form from the bowling department. The visitors will need to come up with better plans in order to restrict England’s star-studded batting lineup. Therefore, on Friday in a must-win encounter, the team management will be hoping for a much better show, especially with the ball.
In the batting department, the team will be heavily relying on Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam to post a mammoth score on the board. Opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq came back to form with a splendid century in the previous game played at Bristol. He scored 151 off 131 balls with the help of sixteen fours and one six to help Pakistan post 358 runs from their 50 overs.
Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam perished for low scores in the previous game and will be looking to make a strong comeback at Nottingham. Middle-order batsman Haris Sohail looked good at the crease and scored 41 off 41 balls with the help of seven fours. He will be looking to go one better and score big runs for Pakistan in this game.
Pinch-hitter Asif Ali notched up yet another half-century to up the ante for Pakistan at the back end of the innings. He produced a brisk 52 runs off 43 balls with the help of two fours and three sixes. Asif added 125 runs with Imam-ul-Haq to see Pakistan increase their rate of scoring in their innings. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim and Hasan Ali chipped in with crucial cameos to see Pakistan a post a mammoth score in their full quota of overs.
In the bowling department, the team will be relying on the pace trio of Junaid Khan, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi to do the bulk of the damage. It will be interesting to see if the team management decides to drop Shaheen Afridi, who have conceded a lot of runs in the last two games played against England. Rookie pacer Mohammad Hasnain might come in place of Shaheen Afridi for this game.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez/Shoaib Malik/Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi/Mohammad Hasnain, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.
Mohammad Hafeez, SI Wasim, Babar Azam, F Zaman, Hasan Ali, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Sarfraz Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq
The pitch is expected to be excellent for batting for this game. The venue has seen high-scoring games in recent times in limited-overs cricket. The weather conditions for the game to be played on Friday will witness cloudy skies throughout the day.
Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in Nottingham has been happy hunting for England in recent years in limited-overs cricket. Last year, England scored a world-record 481 runs against Australia in a one-day game played at this venue. England will take heart from the fact that they scored 444 for 3 against Pakistan in a one-day game played at Trent Bridge in 2016.
For this surface, the side that wins the toss will be looking to bat first and put a mammoth score on the board. The bowlers will need to work hard for their wickets on this placid pitch. Last year, England suffered defeat at the hands of India in a game played at this venue.
Host England has played ruthless cricket so far in this one-day series against Pakistan. Batting has been England’s strength over the last four years and it certainly showed in the previous game as they chased down a mammoth score of 358 runs. Eoin Morgan and co. will be focused that the side can continue their dominance with the bat in this one-day series.
On the other hand, Pakistan will need something special in order to make a comeback in this one-day series. The bowling department has lacked potency on surfaces that have offered nothing for the bowlers. Expect England to canter to a comfortable win over Pakistan!
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