ENG vs PAK Fantasy Prediction: England vs Pakistan 1st ODI – 8 July (Cardiff). Ben Stokes, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, and Will Jacks are the players to look out for in this game.
Hosts England will take on Pakistan in the 1st ODI match of the three-match ODI series. England will play this series with their second-string squad.
England will miss all of their key players in this series. Ben Stokes will lead the side, whereas James Vince and Dawid Malan are other experienced batsmen. Phil Salt will take the keeping duties, whereas Jacks is also a talented player. Ball and Mahmood will lead the pace attack, whereas Briggs and Parkinson are their main spinners.
Pakistan would want to continue their good rhythm in this series after the South African tour. Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam will again be the key batsmen, whereas Rizwan has also been brilliant this year. Shadab Khan returns as an all-rounder, whereas Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, and Haris Rauf will lead the pace bowling attack.
Pitch Conditions and Weather Details
The average 1st innings batting score at this venue in the last 5 ODI games played here is 238 runs. This pitch has an uneven bounce.
Last 5 ODI Games; Bat 1st Won: 3; Bat 2nd Won: 2
We can expect clouds throughout the game.
Probable XI for both sides:-
England – James Vince, Phil Salt, Will Jacks, Dawid Malan, Dan Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Lewis Gregory, Jake Ball, Saqib Mahmood, Danny Briggs, Matt Parkinson.
Pakistan – Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf.
Three Match ODI Series
Match: England vs Pakistan First ODI Match
Date and Time: 8 July, Thursday – 5:30 PM IST
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
Where to Watch: Sony Sports Network
Top 4 Batting Order
James Vince, Phil Salt, Will Jacks, and Dawid Malan.
Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, and Mohammad Rizwan.
Death Over Specialists
- Jake Ball and Lewis Gregory
- Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali
ENG vs PAK Fantasy Wicket-Keeper
Mohammad Rizwan will be our wicket-keeper in this game. Rizwan has scored 530 T20I runs at an average of 106.00 in the 2021 season. He has not been great in the ODI format, but he is a class player and will be great in this category.
ENG vs PAK Fantasy Batsmen
James Vince will be our batsman from England. Vince scored 537 runs in BBL at an average of 38.35, whereas he had a strike-rate of 143.58. He is a technically stable player and will open the innings.
Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman will be our batsmen from Pakistan. Azam has scored 3808 ODI runs at an average of 56.84, whereas Fakhar has scored 2262 runs at 49.17. Both of them are excellent ODI players, and they are coming on the back of a brilliant series in South Africa.
ENG vs PAK Fantasy All-Rounders
Shadab Khan will be our all-rounder from Pakistan. Shadab has scalped 59 ODI wickets in 45 games, whereas he has a batting average of 25.53. He is the ace all-rounder of the side.
Ben Stokes and Will Jacks will be our all-rounders from England. Stokes scored 135 runs in the last ODI series against India, whereas he scalped four wickets with the ball. Jacks has scored 369 runs at an average of 36.90 in the ongoing T20 Blast, whereas he has scalped four wickets in bowling. Both of them are excellent all-rounders.
ENG vs PAK Fantasy Bowlers
From England, the duo of Saqib Mahmood and Danny Briggs will make it into our team. Mahmood has scalped five wickets in four ODI games, whereas Briggs has scalped 12 wickets in the ongoing T20 blast. Both of them have been brilliant in the domestic circuit.
Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali will be our bowlers from Pakistan. Ali has scalped 83 ODI wickets in 54 games, whereas Afridi has 51 scalps in 25 ODI games. Both of them are brilliant wicket-takers, and they were excellent in the PSL 2021.
Alternative Changes: Hasan Ali/Will Jacks and Briggs Out; Haris Rauf/Lewis Gregory and Parkinson In.
Match Prediction: Pakistan will be the favourites to win this game.
Top Names for the Captaincy Role:-
Ben Stokes and Babar Azam
Top Names for the Vice-Captaincy Role:-
Both the captain’s pick + Fakhar Zaman and Will Jacks
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