Match: England vs Pakistan, Match 6, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Date: Monday, June 03, 2019
Time: 09:30 AM GMT
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Match Preview – England star favorites against unpredictable Pakistan
England at home is the most robust side to beat. And they are rightly being called the favorites for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be held in England. The clash between England and Pakistan at Trent Bridge hence would be an interesting one with the hosts certainly holding the edge.
England is in good ODI form and has probably the most well-balanced ODI side out there today. In Joe Root, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, and captain Eoin Morgan, England has possibly the strongest batting side in the tournament. Their bowling has variety too with the likes of Chris Woakes, David Willey, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid likely to do the primary job while all-rounders Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali chipping in with crucial overs.
The ones to watch for England in this game would be Joe Root (who averages 46.50 against Pakistan in 11 ODIs) and Eoin Morgan who has been in scintillating form in 2019, having already struck one hundred and two fifties in 7 ODIs.
Pakistan has traditionally struggled against good swing bowlers, and that is where Chris Woakes and Tom Curran might be lethal.
The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Pakistan, meanwhile, will be unpredictable. They have been in horrible ODI form this year and lost an ODI series 0-5 against Australia in UAE in March. Granted it wasn’t Pakistan’s full-fledged team, but the loss would have been demoralizing, regardless.
However, Pakistan in an ICC tournament can be a real beast. One must not forget that they won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England after beating the home team comprehensively in the semi-finals. Also, the last four ODIs between the two teams have gone 2-2. Hence, you can’t ever rule Pakistan out. In Babar Azam, Harris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik, Pakistan has talent and experience in its batting.
The biggest threat to England, however, would be Pakistan’s bowling. Shaheen Shah Afridi is a young and exciting fast bowler who can swing it around on any surface. Hasan Ali has done well in England previously and can hurt England. Shadab Khan is an excellent spin bowling prospect to keep the England batsmen under check.
Pitch condition and England vs Pakistan Prediction
The pitch at Trent Bridge will be batting friendly and will be tight work on the bowlers. Trent Bridge has been a high-scoring venue in the recent past, and England even achieved the highest ever team total on ODI history – 481/6 against Australia – here in 2018. England have also chased down the highest total batting second at this venue – 350/3 v New Zealand in 2015.
Hence, expect some dazzling stroke-play and big scores being scaled in this game. All in all, this should be a cracker of a contest. But given England’s home advantage and batting might and seeing Pakistan’s recent shoddy form, the former start as favorites for this match.