England vs Pakistan Preview: TSR presents Predicted Playing 11, Toss prediction and Weather report for Match 6 of Cricket World Cup 2019.
The World Cup is well under way and every team apart from India has now player at least a match. Most of the games have been extremely one-sided with teams winning by mammoth margins. The Net Run Rate of teams like South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have taken a huge hit.
In what will be the second match of both Pakistan and England, both teams will have to bring their A Game. England, of course, are the favourites to win this match especially after the way they defeated Pakistan 4-0 in the bilateral series a month back.
England vs Pakistan Preview
England are coming off a comprehensive win against South Africa who they defeated by a mammoth margin of 104 runs. They have been brilliant at the Trent Bridge and even chased down 340 against Pakistan on this track in the bilateral series.
Pakistan, on the other hand, were thrashed by a dominant Windies squad full of match-winners. They were dismissed for just 105 in 21.4 overs which the Windies chased down with as many as 36.2 overs to spare. Their run rate has gone bonkers and it will take a special effort for Pakistan to bounce back.
Batting has been England’s strongest suit over the last couple of years. Their ultra-aggressive approach towards batting has transformed them into a dangerous side. Even in the first match, they managed to put up a mammoth 311 runs on the board and 4 of their batsmen crossed the 50 mark. Ben Stokes top scored with 89.
Their bowling is also looking very good with the likes of Archer and Plunkett picking up regular wickets. They picked up 5 wickets between them. Stokes also joined the party soon and picked up 2 more. Chris Woakes should also turn up roaring for this match.
Pakistan have a lot more to worry about than England do. They had a disastrous first game where the batsmen forgot to turn up. Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam were the only ones to pass the 20-run mark. The batsmen need to take way more responsibility if Pakistan want to replicate 1992.
Their bowlers did not get much opportunity to impress since Windies were chasing just 105. However, Mohammad Amir made a huge mark and picked up 3 wickets. He used the conditions well and should look to continue bowling in a similar manner.
Predicted Playing 11
There are no such injury concerns for either team with all the 15 men available for selection from both squads. It is too early in the tournament for any team to make some drastic changes to the team. England would most definitely go with the winning combination. Almost every player in the team made a significant contribution and those who didn’t, are talented enough to come back strong.
Pakistan also should not make any big changes after just 1 match since they need to trust their players. One possible change would be to bring in the experienced Shoaib Malik in place of Haris Sohail. Malik’s experience may help bring a sense of calm to the team on the field.
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England Predicted Playing XI vs Pakistan – 1) Jonny Bairstow 2) Jason Roy 3) Joe Root 4) Eoin Morgan (c) 5) Jos Buttler (wk) 6) Ben Stokes 7) Moeen Ali 8) Chris Woakes 9) Jofra Archer 10) Liam Plunkett 11) Adil Rashid
Pakistan Predicted Playing XI vs England – 1) Imam ul Haq 2) Fakhar Zaman 3) Babar Azam 4) Shoaib Malik 5) Mohammad Hafeez 6) Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk) 7) Imad Wasim 8) Shadab Khan 9) Hasan Ali 10) Wahab Riaz 11)
Pitch and Weather Prediction
Nottingham will experience a cool weather with the temperature hovering around 17°C for most of the match. The conditions will be mostly cloudy but there is only 10% chance of rainfall. Hence, we are likely to have the full 100 overs.
The overcast conditions are bound to help the swing bowlers up front like it did in the match between Pakistan and Windies where Pakistan batsmen could not cope up with the swing and bounce. Once the initial conditions have been survived, the Trent Bridge pitch is expected to be a belter of a track with any score being chaseable. We even saw 340 being chased down by England against Pakistan a month back.
Whoever wins the toss would surely look to bowl first and make use of the overcast conditions to get a few early wickets. The swing upfront could decide the fate of the match. Hence, chasing is the best option on this pitch.