July 09, 2021 12:05 PM
Alex Sarwar

England vs Pakistan – 2nd One-Day International Match Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is England vs Pakistan taking place? Saturday, July 10th, 2021 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is England vs Pakistan taking place? Lord’s, London

What is the expected weather for England vs Pakistan? 16-18c, cloudy with light winds and largely dry throughout the afternoon, although a chance of light rain through the first few hours of scheduled play

What channel is England vs Pakistan on? The match will be televised live on Sky Sports

Where can I stream England vs Pakistan? The match can be streamed live via SkyGo

LAST MEETING
England beat Pakistan by 9 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

ENGLAND

  • Despite having lost their entire first team squad and naming five international 50 over debutants in the starting side, England blew Pakistan away in the opening ODI match of this three-game series, triumphing by nine wickets in Cardiff.
  • After captain Ben Stokes won the toss and bowled, Lancashire’s Saqib Mahood took centre-stage with an outstanding spell of bowling, taking 4/42 from his ten overs as England bowled Pakistan out for just 141, before Dawid Malan and ODI debutant Zak Crawley both hit unbeaten half centuries to help see England home for the loss of just one wicket.
  • Having named an 18-man squad, the temptation for England will be to rotate and give other squad players an opportunity to play, with the likes of explosive big hitter Will Jacks, wicketkeeper batter Ben Duckett and fast bowler Tom Helm all hoping for a chance.

PAKISTAN

  • Being beaten so comprehensively by essentially a second string England side would have been a humiliating experience for what was on paper a strong Pakistan team and no doubt a huge wake up call for Babar Azam’s side, who found himself dismissed for 0 off the bowling of Saqib.
  • Opener Fakhar Zaman top scored with 47, whilst nine of the 11 players made scores of under 20, before only Shaheen Afridi managed to take a wicket with four bowlers going wicketless at over 6 runs an over.
  • Captain Babar may look to change his side following such a poor performance, with leg-spin bowler Usman Qadir a contender to feature at Lord’s, although a hamstring injury has ruled batter Haris Sohail out of the series.

THE PREDICTION

The result of the first ODI was almost typical of Pakistan as a cricketing nation, in that when you expect them to win, they end up losing and this match in particular was more than just a loss. This was a thrashing against essentially a reserve side and no doubt some serious soul searching has taken place inside the Tourists’ camp ahead of the second ODI at Lord’s. The toss could play a big part here, with the winning captain expected to bowl first with rain forecasted to potentially delay the start of play.

However, a positive reaction from Pakistan on the pitch is surely on the cards here at the Home of Cricket, a ground which should suit their pace bowling attack. The likes of Babar and Mohammad Rizwan are class acts with the bat and will be determined to prove that the first ODI was a one-off failure. Ultimately, if Pakistan plays the positive cricket everyone knows that they are capable of with both bat and ball, then they should prove too strong for this England team.

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