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ENG vs PAK, 1st ODI: Dream11 Prediction, Playing XI Updates & Fantasy Cricket Tips - May 8th, 2019

Dwijesh Reddy
08 May 2019, 01:02 IST

Fantasy Cricket Tips
Fantasy Cricket Tips

Subject to two nail-biting finishes against Ireland and Pakistan, England have begun their World Cup preparations on a high and now face the Pakistanis in an intense ODI series as they look to fine-tune their skills and team combinations.

While Pakistan look to accustom themselves to the English conditions, England do head into this series as the overwhelming favourites. Here are a few tips to help you pick your Dream11 team.

Squads to choose from


Eoin Morgan (C), Joe Root, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Joe Denly, Tom Curran, David Willey


Sarfaraz Ahmed(C), Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Amir

Playing XI Updates


England should field what is their first choice eleven for the ICC World Cup with the likes of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali returning after stints in the IPL. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy should open the batting for England, who have enough depth with Chris Woakes, who has a couple of first-class hundreds to his name batting at number eight. Mark Wood should play ahead of Jofra Archer.

Possible XI: Roy, Bairstow, Root, Morgan(C), Stokes, Buttler(WK), Denly, Woakes, Rashid, Wood and Plunkett.



A similar side to the one that played in the one-off T20 could be persisted with Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman quite capable of scoring big runs in English conditions. Asif Ali should make way for Mohammad Hafeez while the bowling should constitute Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Amir. Imad Wasim's skill set will also be crucial to Pakistan's fortunes on Wednesday.

Possible XI: Imam, Zaman, Azam, Sohail, Hafeez, Sarfaraz (C&WK), Wasim, Hasan, Amir, Faheem and Shaheen.

Match Details

England vs Pakistan, 1st ODI

8th May 2019, 5:30 PM IST

Kennington Oval, London

Pitch Report

A good pitch with lots of runs on offer for both teams is in store. Pacers will find swing upfront as is the case in almost all grounds around England while spinners will hold key in the middle overs and might just define the outcome of the game.

Fantasy Tips and Suggestions

Wicket-keeper: Jos Buttler is the ideal choice with his record for the English national side being nothing short of phenomenal over the past two-three years. With Sarafraz Khan's inconsistency down the order, Buttler is the better option.

Batsmen: Jonny Bairstow comes into the tournament on the back of a spectacular IPL and is good value for some runs as well. Along with the Yorkshire batsman, Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq are good option to counter the leg-spin of Adil Rashid in the middle overs, provided they play to their potential in the powerplay. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan are also decent options after fruitful outings in Cardiff albeit in the shortest format.

All-rounders: Ben Stokes and Imad Wasim warranty a place in the side owing their potential and experience playing in familiar conditions. Along with them, Faheem Ashraf is a possible option with his medium pacers being a key asset in the Pakistani arsenal 

Bowlers: Adil Rashid is a must have from the English set of players along with the likes of Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi. Mark Wood is touted to make an appearance and is good value as well with his extra bit of pace proving too hot to handle.

Captain: Jonny Bairstow and Babar Azam are great options to have as captain in the side with their form taken into consideration. Along with the aforementioned duo, Ben Stokes' ability to strike boundaries at will could also come in handy along with his right-arm pace.

Fantasy Suggestion #1: Jos Buttler (WK), Jonny Bairstow, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam, Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood. Captain: Jonny Bairstow

Fantasy Suggestion #2: Sarfaraz Ahmed (WK), Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Ben Stokes, Imad Wasim, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi. Captain: Babar Azam

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