England vs Pakistan 2019, 1st ODI: Preview and Probable Playing XI
Head to Head Overall: England lead the stats with 49 wins out of their 80 completed ODIs against Pakistan.
Head to Head in England: In the 41 completed ODIs played in England, the home side holds a clear edge with 26 wins. At the Oval, the score favors the British at 4-1.
Despite missing their key players, the English side stunned the visitors in the T20I encounter. But now they are expected to keep the full strength squad on Wednesday.
Key Batsmen - Eoin Morgan, Joe Root & Jonny Bairstow
Eoin Morgan (57* runs from 29 balls) and Joe Root (47 runs from 42 balls) fully utilized their experience to overcome a scare in the T20I fixture. Both these will be eager to make a similar impact in the ODI as well.
While the return of Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, and Jason Roy will strengthen their batting even further, these three are likely to make the opponents camp sweat.
Key Bowlers - Jofra Archer, Tom Curran & Liam Plunkett
After an impressive show in the T20I, Jofra Archer (2/29) is likely to have another go in the ODIs and the youngster will be vying to utilize each and every opportunity he gets. While Liam Plunkett and Tom Curran were exceptional in their previous ODI against Ireland and the skipper will back them to replicate it against Pakistan.
Probable Playing XI
Eoin Morgan (C), Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow (W), Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, and Jofra Archer.
On the flipside, the visitors are suffering in the 50 over segment, and have lost their last five games on the trot. Though they would take some confidence from their comprehensive eight-wicket win over the English side in the champions trophy performance in 2017.
Key Batsmen - Harris Sohail, Babar Azam & Fakhar Zaman
Haris Sohail and Babar Azam both are coming off a fifty in the T20I fixture and will be itching to have a repeat in the next fixture. While Fakhar Zaman was in sublime form during the warm-ups with respective scores of 76 and 101 in two games, and the 29-year-old is likely to test the British pacers at Kennington.
Key Bowlers - Imad Wasim (All-rounder), Hasan Ali & Junaid Khan
Imad Wasim and Hasan Ali are likely to pose a major threat to the opponents, while Junaid Khan and Shaheen Afridi both picked a wicket each in the T20I fixture and the skipper need these two to pick more in the series opener. While the eyes will be on struggling Mohammad Amir and his performance in this series will certainly decide his fate in the CWC squad.
Probable Playing XI
Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & W), Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, and Hasan Ali.