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Preview – Match 6: England v Pakistan – Favourites against the unpredictable

While England won its first match comfortably, things don't look so good for Pakistan.

The host and the favourites will be playing their second match on Monday. ICC certainly screwed the world cup fixture, as a host England should have got the opportunity to play on weekends.

England won the first match comfortably, though at one time it looked like they posted just an average score. They will be playing against Pakistan at Trent Bridge, where they have scored the highest ODI total.

Their batting and bowling both clicked in the last match and they would like to repeat their performance against Pakistan. The pitch to be used for the game is the same pitch on which England scored 481 against Australia in 2018. But in the last match at Trent Bridge, Pakistan was bowled out for just 105. Still, the home crowd will be expecting another run feast.

The things are not looking good for Pakistan. They have lost 12 straight games (completed) now, and their performance in the last match was the worst among all. Pakistan was bowled out for just 105, their second-lowest World Cup total.

The batting, which was clicking in the ODI series against England, ditched them the most against West Indies. Their bowling is still a worry, though a 10:30 start in this World Cup helped the bowlers early on.

Players to watch out

Jofra Archer, the player to watch out in this World Cup, performed exceptionally well in the opening game. His extra pace surprised Proteas and will surely surprise the Pakistanis. They had lost so many wickets to short balls against West Indies, and Archer must be licking his lips to bowl them.

Fakhar Zaman looked in good touch before being dismissed for 22. On this batting strip of Trent Bridge, Pakistan would be hoping him to score big this time. If he plays well, there are high chances of Pakistan to score big. He has also scored a hundred (at Southampton) in recent concluded ODI series.

England v Pakistan in ODIs

Overall: Matches 87, England Won 53, Pakistan Won 31, No Result 3

World Cup: Matches 9, England Won 4, Pakistan Won 4, No Result

Recent Form (most recent first): England W W W W W, Pakistan L L L L L

ICC Rankings: England (1), Pakistan (6)

Upcoming Records

Jason Roy has scored 2,992 runs and needs eight more to become the seventeenth England player to reach the 3,000 runs milestone.

Shadab Hasan has taken 47 wickets and needs three more to achieve the 50 wickets milestone.

Shoaib Malik has taken 96 catches and needs four more to reach the 100 catches milestone.

Squads

England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz.

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