England will aim to continue their dominance when they face Pakistan in the sixth fixture of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Both the teams witnessed contrasting starts to their World Cup campaigns, where the British secured a massive (104 run) victory in their opening game against South Africa, Pakistan suffered a huge loss against West Indies by seven wickets.
Date: 3rd June 2019 (Monday)
Time: 10:00 AM (Pakistan), 10:30 AM (England) and 03:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
With 93-percent cloud cover and 81-percent humidity, the Nottingham weather is expected to be chilly, with the temperature ranging between 14-18 degree celsius during the match hours, and the spectators are expected to witness a full 100 over match with rare possibility of rain.
The Nottingham pitch is usually ideal for batting and while after the previous game, the pacers will aim to utilize its bounce to trouble the batsmen.
Overall: In 84 completed head-to-head face-offs, England hold an ultimate edge with 53 wins.
In World Cup: The Cricket World Cup stats decide to remain neutral with four wins each.
In England: The English men lead the head to head stats with 30 wins in 45 completed ODI fixtures.
At Trent Bridge: Both teams have played eight games at this venue and the British leads the scoreline at 5-3.
England continued their ruthless ODI run in the tournament opener against South Africa, and will look to continue the dominance over Pakistan, whom they have whitewashed in an ODI series a few days back.
Key Batsmen - Eoin Morgan, Joe Root & Jonny Bairstow
Ben Stokes underlined the day with his all-round show in all three departments against South Africa. Stokes certainly was the difference between both teams with his aggressive 89-run knock. While Jason Roy (54), Joe Root (51) and Eoin Morgan (57) all continued their good form against the Proteas and are likely to test the Pakistani pacers in the next game. While Jonny Bairstow faced a rare failure after scoring a golden duck in the last game, and he will be itching to make a strong comeback at Nottingham.
Key Bowlers - Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes & Liam Plunkett
Jofra Archer stunned the Proteas with his pace and picked 3-27 from his seven overs. While Ben Stokes (2/12) and Liam Plunkett (2/37) made Africans wandering towards the end, and they will be expected to trouble the Greens as well.
Expected Playing XI
Pakistan on the flipside, suffered a nightmare defeat against the Windies. They have now lost their last 11 One day games and are in desperate need of a quick turnaround in their fortunes.
Key Batsmen - Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman & Babar Azam
Pakistan batsmen surrendered in their campaign opener against West Indies, which can be understood by the fact that two of their key batsmen Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam could only manage 22 runs each. While their next best batsman was Wahab Riaz (number 10) with 18 runs, with all remaining batsmen except Mohammad Hafeez (16) failed to reach double figure mark. Meanwhile, Imam ul Haq alongside Azam and Zaman were in good touch during England series, and the skipper will need them to play a commanding knock on Monday.
Key Bowlers - Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz & Hasan Ali
On the bowling front, Mohammad Amir's three-fer against West Indies was a big positive for the team, and they will need him to replicate his show against England. While Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali are the other bowlers to get skipper's backing against the British.