Pakistan got their 2019 World Cup campaign off to the worst possible start against a mighty West Indies side. The Pakistani batsmen were skittled out for just 105 inside 25 overs before Chris Gayle and co. sealed the deal for Windies in no time.
The lone bright spot for Pakistan in that match was the performance of left-arm pace bowler, Mohammad Amir. The returning fast bowler scalped 3 wickets in the opening encounter.
The 1992 World Champions will now clash with title contenders and hosts, England. The English side got off to a dream start as they crushed the 2015 semifinalists South Africa in the 1st match of the tournament.
However, Pakistan have the chance to bounce back and these are the men that can help them do so:
Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman will retain their respective spots at the top of the order, with the team's most consistent batsman, Babar Azam, slotting in at number 3.
The team's two most experienced all-rounders, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik should bat at no.4 and no.5 while captain Sarfaraz Ahmed should bat at no.6.
The bowling department should ideally remain unchanged because they did not get a chance to prove themselves in the first game. That means Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hassan Ali, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz will keep their places in the matchday squad.
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Key Players for Pakistan
Batsmen - Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez
Babar Azam top-scored for Pakistan in the first game but he needs to kick on and do a lot better in their next game.
Mohammad Hafeez, meanwhile, needs to bat patiently and make full use of his experience against England.
Bowlers - Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz
Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz will have to consistently hit the deck hard in order to ensure that Pakistan give England a run for their money.
The left-arm pacers can wreak havoc if they bowl with accuracy and pace.
Predicted Playing XI
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hassan Ali, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz.
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