Match Preview: England vs Pakistan

England, the strongest team in Champions Trophy will play against Pakistan which is at 8th position in ICC ODI rankings. England will obviously be favourites.
England players are in their best of forms. They have depth in batting line up. They have not lost a single match in this tournament. They have not showed a single weakness in their game till now.
On the other side, Pakistan would be confident as well as they got a victory against Sri Lanka in the last match. They have bounced back really well after getting defeated by India.

Last 5 Completed Matches :
England : WWWLW
Pakistan : WWLWW

Pitch Condition :
The pitch will be same where Pak-Lanka match was played. It may temper the strokeplay on offer.

Weather Condition :
After a bad weather on the first week thankfully now it is clear.

Scoring Pattern :
Last 5 games played at Oval Ground, First inning scores have been (1-2 denotes match won by side batting first or second)
236/2, 310/1, 302/2, 324/1, 304/1
Average first batting total in last five games is 296.

Probable XI
England : 1 Alex Hales, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Liam Plunkett, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Jake Ball.

Pakistan : 1 Azhar Ali, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Mohammad Amir, 9 Fahim Ashraf/Shabab Khan, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Junaid Khan.

Watch Out For:
Ben Stokes :
His bowling so far has been quietly efficient, but his batting has, at times, been off the scale, not least during his match-winning century against Australia at Edgbaston, when Virat Kohli, no less, tweeted his admiration.

Sarfaraz Khan:
Wk/capt of Pakistan Cricket Team is a player to watch for in Pakistani side. He led his team to the semi finals when everyone doubted on the team’s ability. He played a match winning inning against Sri Lanka.

Stats and trivia

* England and Pakistan have not met in the knock-outs of a major one-day tournament for 25 years.
* England have won 12 of the last 14 ODIs against Pakistan.
* However, Pakistan did win their most recent ODI against England… and ominously, it came at Cardiff, in September 2016.


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