World Cup 2019, England vs Pakistan: Match Preview
- Can Pakistan get their first points on board?
England won their first match against South Africa by a margin of 104 runs. On the other hand, Pakistan lost their first match against West Indies by seven wickets. England are favourites to win this match while Pakistan will try to register their first win of the tournament.
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Four players scored a half-century against in England's last game against South Africa. But the focus will be on Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow to them a flying start against the Pakistan pace line-up.
Jofra Archer picked three wickets against South Africa, and he will hope to continue his good form against Pakistan too.
Babar Azam is undoubtedly the best batsman for Pakistan in this World Cup. He would be expected to play the anchoring role and keep the scoreboard ticking.
Mohammed Amir has picked three wickets against West Indies. Pakistan will expect other similar performances from him in the upcoming matches as well.
There is no reason for England to make any changes to the squad which defeated South Africa in the tournament opener. Jonny Bairstow had an off day against South Africa where he was dismissed for a duck. He will be hoping to find some runs off his bat against Pakistan.
Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid.
Despite the poor performance against West Indies, Pakistan are likely to stick with the same team. They would expect their batsmen to play responsibly and put runs on the board.
Probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik / Haris Sohail, Mohammed Hafeez, Asif Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Shadab Khan, Hassan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi / Mohammed Amir.
England: Eoin Morgan (C), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Dawson, James Vince, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammed Hafeez, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohammed Amir, Hassan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Mohammed Hasnain
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