About the Match
Pakistan finally managed to pull off a consolation win in the 5th ODI against England by 4 wickets although they lost the 5-match series in a disappointing way after the hosts won the first four matches. The two teams will now play against each other in the only T20 International of the series at Manchester on 7th September. While England reiterated its dominating one-day form, Pakistan went down from emerging as the No.1 test side to a struggling unit in the shorter format of the game. Both teams have strong match-winners who can turn around the game in the T20 format; it needs to be seen which of them can keep a cool head above their shoulders and win the upcoming contest.
With a strong batting outfit consisting of in-form batsmen like Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan, the English team can definitely pack a punch with the big runs against the Pakistani spin and pace combination here. In the recent ODIs, Joe Root, Roy and Alex Hales got the scoreboard ticking to provide a solid foundation while all-rounders like Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes can push the momentum further to get a big total on board or chase with ease.
Speedsters like Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes and David Willey have been consistent in their wicket-taking abilities and can stifle the opposition with quick breakthroughs; spinners Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali can contain the run-flow and pull off surprises. Chris Jordan, Jake Ball and Joe Root bring variety to the attack and can help defend a total or restrict Pakistan from getting a big total on board.
Overall, they have had a good summer both internationally as well as on the domestic front, and can definitely prove to be a formidable force to reckon with on Wednesday.
Sarfraz Ahmed’s superb 90 off 73 helped the visitors register a win in the last ODI match by 4 wickets; with good support from Shoaib Malik, who posted 77 from 80 balls, and others like Mohammad Rizwan, Azhar Ali and Babr Azam contributing well with the bat, Pakistan successfully chased down the 303-run target. This was their first successful 300+ run chase overseas and the victory has surely boosted their morale after a disappointing series.
The bowlers did extremely well to restrict the hosts to 302 as speedsters Hasan Ali claimed 4-60 and Mohammad Amir took 3 wickets at an economy of just 5 runs per over. Imad Wasim’s spin tactics once again helped him dismissing a key wicket of the English team while Umar Gul continued with his good form.
While the pace attack is strong with players like Amir, Hasan Ali and Umar Gul, spinners like Wasim, Malik and Mohammad Nawaz can definitely try to slow down the hard-hitting English batting line-up. Batsmen Azhar Ali, Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik can put their best foot forward while others down the line can try to keep the scoreboard ticking.
England have dominated Pakistan thoroughly and will be motivated to squash the visitors’ efforts; although Pakistan has good resources to win again, we feel that England will have the last laugh