England vs Pakistan Match Prediction: The Sportsrush present before you Match Prediction of 2019 World Cup Match 6 between ENG and PAK.
Hosts England are back to take centrestage in the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2019 on Monday with the country taking on Pakistan at Trent Bride, Nottingham. Heavily touted as one of the favourites to go the distance and walk away with the glistening trophy under their arms, the home side massively stamped their authority with a massive 104-run win against South Africa previously.
Meanwhile for Pakistan, their tournament opener couldn’t have traversed in a worse fashion. Their travails with the ball continued, collapsing for 105 against West Indies to register the lowest ever total of this World Cup till now. It was a dismal showing, one which made for sore eyes to extend Pakistan’s losing spree to 12 straight matches now.
England vs Pakistan – What numbers suggest?
These two sides have clashed against each other a total of 87 times with Pakistan lacking way behind England with their 31 wins to England’s 53 with 3 matches being abandoned as well owing to harsh weather conditions.
Most recently, the two sides had met for a 5 match ODI series in England with the home side cleaning Pakistan to sweep the series 4-0. In England, the two sides have met 47 times with England emerging as the clear winners with 40 wins to Pakistan’s 15 while we’ve had 2 two abandoned matches.
England vs Pakistan – Key Battles
Jofra Archer vs Babar Azam
Jofra Archer showed against South Africa why he’s being held in so much reverence, getting the ball to swing either ways at a deadly trajectory to obliterate the opposition with his spell of 3-27.
A new addition to England’s line-up, Archer has taken 2 wickets in the 2 matches he’s played against Pakistan with the pacer yet to have Babar Azam’s scalp to his name.
The premier batsman that Azam is for Pakistan, he will have to be at his utmost best against Archer especially if Pakistan lose an early wicket. Expected to anchor Pakistan’s innings, the team can’t afford to lose Azam cheaply.
Joe Root vs Wahab Riaz
Way too expensive against Pakistan, Wahab Riaz not only way plundered all over the ground but also failed to mount the pressure from the other end.
Someone who could really enjoy his time against Riaz his England’s Joe Root. Coming in at number 3, he’s almost certain to face Riaz, a bowler whose dwindling line and length will be the easiest proposition for Root given the form he’s in. In the 7 innings he’s bowled to Root, Wahab has been able to send him back just twice with Root dominating Pakistan with 668 runs in 15 innings.
We’ve mentioned this key encounter not because of the strength which Wahab brings to the table but because of the massive ramifications it can have on Pakistan if he continues to get peeled away.
England vs Pakistan – Match Prediction
Solely on current form and the way the recent ODI series against these two sides took course, England are the clear-cut favourites for this encounter. They have at their disposal one of the most finely balanced sides this edition of the World Cup, something Pakistan are going to find extremely tough to negotiate.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) June 2, 2019
Despite being bundled out cheaply against West Indies, Pakistan showed some sort of a fight against West Indies when they came out to bowl. They managed to get three wickets with their pace department keeping the bowling wicket to wicket, something they’ll need to do yet again against England.
The margins for error are going to be extremely small against England, a side who’ll pose on any room given to them by Pakistan on a ground which is said to be one of the highest scoring venues this CWC.
Given all the equations and key battles, England hold just too much of an upper hand against Pakistan. Their batting department way outshines Pakistan’s and at the end of the day those additional runs will see them emerging as winners from the match.