About the Match
England drew the test series against Pakistan 2-2 and is prepared to take on the visitors in the 5-match ODI series that begins with the 1st ODI at Southampton on 24th August. Having done extremely well in the test series, Pakistan has become No.1 in test rankings and will be eager to dominate the hosts in the one-day matches as well. England, on the other hand, has proven to be a powerhouse when it comes to the shorter format of the game and will leave no stone unturned to win the first match on Wednesday.
Eoin Morgan, who has been in good form recently in the domestic competitions, will lead the side that consists of batsmen like Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Buttler and batting all-rounder Moeen Ali, who had scored a well-made 108 off 152 in the last test match against Pakistan. The lower order has good depth with players like Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid being capable of keeping the scoreboard ticking. David Willey will rejoin the ODI squad despite injury and they have good batting strength that can challenge the Pakistani pace here.
The bowling department consists of spinners like Adil Rashid, Liam Dawson and Moeen Ali, who were effective in providing regular breakthroughs in the test matches; speedsters like Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes can stifle the opposition and along with Willey, Jordan and Jake Ball, England have a good variety in bowling attack.
Overall, they are a determined lot to keep an upper hand over the visitors right from the start of the series and can prove to be a formidable force to reckon with.
This team has revamped itself and has emerged as a strong contingent that can topple even the best of the batting line-ups; spinner Imad Wasim’s 5-14 in 6 overs against Ireland brought him his maiden ODI 5-wiket haul and he is in excellent form to take on the English hard-hitters. Yasir Shah’s spin magic also earned him 5 scalps at an economy of less than 3 per over in the last test match and can combine well with Imad Wasim to demolish the English batsmen.
The batting line-up consists of experienced players like Sharjeel Khan, who posted a phenomenal 152 in just 86 deliveries against Ireland and can bring out all his firepower here again, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Nawaz in the middle order, who have recently contributed with well-made half centuries against the Irish, and other in-form players like Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam and Sarfraz Ahmed, who can stabilize the innings under crunch situations.
With speedsters like Mohammad Amir, who performed brilliantly in the tests, Umar Gul, who took 3 wickets against Ireland and Wahab Riaz, who continues to lead the pace attack for the team, Pakistan can dominate the hosts whether in defending a target or restricting the opponents while fielding first.
Both teams fought hard in the tests and will try to dominate each other here to go for the killing; while the contest could go down to the wire, we feel England has better armory to win the match