Hosts England keen to extend their lead against Pakistan in Bristol
Our Prediction is England to win the match!
Host England will be looking to continue their winning momentum when they take on Pakistan in the third game of the one-day series at County Ground in Bristol on Tuesday.
On a flat track in Southampton, England managed to dominate Pakistani bowling attack and post a mammoth score of 373 runs, courtesy splendid performance from Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan. England will be looking to maintain their consistency with bat and ball in this game.
On the other hand, Pakistan produced a valiant effort with the bat and nearly chased down the runs set by England. Pakistan Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be hoping for an improved bowling performance in this game.
The home side delivered a clinical performance with bat and ball to beat Pakistan in the second game of the series played at The Rose Bowl, Southampton. With this result, England has taken a 1-0 lead in the five matches one-day series.
The opening pair of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow played exceedingly well and got England off to a good start. Bairstow showed excellent form with the bat and notched up a crucial half-century. On the other hand, Roy also looked in ominous form and smashed 87 off 98 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes.
England Captain Eoin Morgan looked positive at the crease and decided to take the attack to Pakistani bowlers. He put on an unbeaten 162-run partnership with wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler to see England post a mammoth score on the board. Buttler is certainly in the form of his life at the moment and launched an onslaught on Pakistani bowlers in the later stages of the innings. He smashed unbeaten 110 runs off 55 balls with the help of five fours and nine sixes. Buttler was well supported by Morgan, who chipped in with 71 not out off 48 balls.
In the bowling department, David Willey and Liam Plunkett bowled well and picked up two wickets apiece. The pace bowlers certainly showed a lot of discipline in the back end of the innings. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid will be looking to make a strong comeback in this game after conceding 81 runs from his ten overs against Pakistan at The Rose Bowl.
Eoin Morgan (captain), Jason Roy, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wk), Adil Rashid, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Tom Curran, Ben Stokes, Joe Denly, CR Woakes
Pakistan will need to sort their issues in the batting department in order to level the five-match one-day series. Imam-ul-Haq clearly has struggled to get going his innings and scored 35 off 43 balls with the help of three boundaries. Imam needs to be a little pro-active at the crease in the initial Powerplay overs against England.
Pugnacious opener Fakhar Zaman came back to form and scored a hundred to keep Pakistan in the hunt to chase down a mammoth score. He certainly anchored the innings for Pakistan and scored 138 runs off 106 balls with the help of twelve fours and four sixes. Zaman added vital partnerships with Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam to see Pakistan scoring at a good rate.
Babar Azam played a supporting role to Fakhar Zaman in the previous game. The duo added 125-run partnership to see Pakistan scoring at a good rate in the chase. Azam scored 51 off 52 balls to keep the scoreboard ticking along nicely for Pakistan.
The middle-order consisting of Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed, and Haris Sohail has to shun old attritional cricket and play their shots in order to help Pakistan post a mammoth score on the board in this game. Pinch-hitter Asif Ali looked good with the bat and scored 51 off 36 balls with the help of two fours and four sixes to help Pakistan take the game down to the wire.
Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, and Yasir Shah conceded a lot of runs in the previous game played against England. The bowlers were never able to hunt in a pack and this never allowed any pressure to be exerted on England’s batting lineup. Clearly, Pakistan needs to get their act together and produced a much effort with the ball in this game.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain &wk), Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik/Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi/Junaid Khan, Yasir Shah
Babar Azam, SI Wasim, F Zaman, Hasan Ali, Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Junaid Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Sarfraz Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq
The pitch prepared will be excellent for batting with some assistance for the quick bowlers with the new-ball. The surface is expected to be an absolute belter given the recent games played in Royal London ODI Cup. The weather forecast for the game on Tuesday is going to be sunny intervals with a gentle breeze.
The County Ground in Bristol has been a happy hunting ground for England in recent times. It generally provides assistance to the quick bowlers. England has managed to win their last two games played at this venue.
Both the teams, Win the toss and bat first, there should be no hesitation about it. The pitch and conditions will only get tougher for bowlers as the surface will not provide any sort of assistance. Expect another high-scoring game between Pakistan and England.
Host England appears to be clear favorites if the conditions are taken into account. They will need to guard against complacency and deliver their best with bat and ball in this game.
On the other hand, Pakistan has its task cut out and they need to be at their absolute best to challenge England in this game. Sarfaraz Ahmed and co. will need to string together more than just sporadic moments of brilliance. Expect England to beat Pakistan in this game.
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