About the Match
England has taken a 2-0 lead by winning the 2nd ODI against Pakistan by 4 wickets and will now look to win the 5-match ODI series by taking the upcoming 3rd ODI at Nottingham on 30th August. Pakistan, which performed brilliantly well to draw level in the test series and emerged as No.1 in test rankings, is yet to overcome the English challenge in the 50-over format here; they will need to win this match to keep the series alive. England, on the other hand, has been consistently doing well in all departments of the game and looks positive to lifting the title; the upcoming contest will surely see some fireworks across the park and it needs to be seen if the visitors can up their ante to win this do or die match on Tuesday.
Fast-bowlers Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett dealt heavy blows to the Pakistani top-order, achieving quick dismissals in the 2nd ODI and restricting Pakistan to 251 runs. While Wood and Woakes took 3 wickets each, Plunkett contributed with 2 scalps and spinner Adil Rashid took one wicket. The bowlers have done a fantastic job and they can repeat their magic again here.
Chasing 252, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes steadied the innings and built strong partnerships; Root posted 89 off 108 while Morgan and Stokes contributed with 68 and 42 runs respectively. Moeen Ali played a useful knock by scoring a quick 21 and helping them cross the finish line with 15 balls to spare. In the first ODI too, the batsmen put up a good show, with Jason Roy and Joe Root scripting an 89-run stand for the 2nd wicket and chasing down the target easily.
The seamers have been reigning in the run-flow of the Pakistani batting line-up with a disciplined attack while spinners like Rashid, Ali and Root have been providing regular breakthroughs. Overall, the bowling and batting unit is in good form to win again and take the coveted prize.
Having lost the first two matches, Pakistan is now under pressure to win the; although Sarfraz Ahmed posted a brilliant century to keep the scoreboard ticking, Pakistan’s top-order collapsed with Sharjeel Khan and Azhar Ali getting duck-out in the first 3 overs. ImadWasim showcased his all-rounder skills as he scored a well-made 63 from 70 deliveries and also took 2 wickets in the 2nd innings; however, the total of 251 proved to be too little against the hard-hitting English batsmen.
Speedsters Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali and WahabRiaz took a wicket each and tried to stifle the hosts but they couldn’t win in the end. Spinner Yasir Shah who performed brilliantly in the tests can be a vital asset for them while ImadWasim has been very effective with his left-arm spin. Umar Gul, Nawaz and Shoaib Malik add variety to the attack and can combine well to outwit the English here.
They have lost both games so far after setting up meagre totals batting first and will look to do better with the bat in order to keep their campaign alive.
England leads the series and has the psychological advantage but won’t take Pakistan lightly here; the visitors may be down on morale but they do have resources to bounce back. The contest could well go down to the wire but we feel that England will build on the momentum and cruise to yet another victory on Tuesday