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Cricket just doesn’t feel right without an unpredictable Pakistan. Faced with an England side that had their entire first team in isolation due to a COVID-19 outbreak, the Pakistanis were never in the game after slumping to 26/4. It was a batting performance that looked completely tentative – perhaps even complacent – against an England bowling attack consisting of players looking to make a mark.
The in-form Saqib Mahmood led the way, breaking the back of the Pakistan batting lineup early. Mahmood has come of age in 2021 after impressing in the first half of PSL 2021 earlier this year, and is now staking a strong claim to be part of England’s first-team setup given his wicket-taking abilities. Then, Dawid Malan and Zak Crawley were clinical and effective in chasing Pakistan’s paultry 141.
For England, they return to Lord’s for their first ODI since that memorable day, and will once again look to showcase their terrific white-ball depth. On a weekend where England aim to “bring football home”, the cricket side will be looking to make some more headlines of their own.
Knowing Pakistan, though, they can produce a blinder today. In fact, they have enjoyed success at Lord’s in the past, beating both South Africa and Bangladesh comprehensively in the 2019 World Cup, as well as winning their last two Tests against England there. The spotlight will undoubtedly be on the top order, who will be looking for a much better performance this time around.
Key Players to Watch/Key Stats
- Saqib Mahmood’s battle with the Pakistani top order will be fascinating to watch, especially given that cloudy and rainy conditions are forecast for Lord’s. He was man-of-the-match in the first ODI, with his 4/42 ripping Pakistan’s batting lineup apart.
- Expect Craig Overton and Lewis Gregory, if picked, to enjoy the conditions. They took three wickets between them in the first ODI, finding a touch of movement both in the air and off the surface.
- Dawid Malan now has two 50+ scores in four ODIs after his 68* in the first ODI. He also recently scored 76 off 48 balls vs Sri Lanka in a T20I.
- Zak Crawley has been out of form in red-ball cricket recently, but his unbeaten half-century last game will do his confidence the world of good. He has scored 378 runs in three innings vs Pakistan across formats, as opposed to 384 runs in 22 innings against everyone else.
- Ben Stokes returns to the ground where he produced a memorable knock to help England lift the World Cup. He has scored 237 runs in six ODIs at Lord’s at an average of 47.40, as well as 377 runs in nine innings vs Pakistan at an average of 53.85.
- Fakhar Zaman looked the best of the Pakistani batsmen in the first ODI. His 47 was cut short by a poorly-executed cut shot, but one can be confident in Zaman’s ability to produce another good knock today. He has scored 340 runs in eight ODIs vs England at an average of 42.50.
- Eyes will be on Babar Azam after a duck in the first ODI. He has achieved two 50+ scores in three ODIs at Lord’s, as well as 639 runs in 17 matches vs England at an average of 42.60.
- Imam-ul-Haq will be important, too. He has enjoyed past success vs England, with 278 runs in six ODIs at an average of 69.50. However, this includes a score of 151, which means that his remaining five knocks have yielded just 127 runs.
- Mohammad Rizwan (500 runs, avg. 45.45) and Sohaib Maqsood (428 runs, SR 156.77) recently had superb PSL 2021 campaigns. Maqsood was looking in decent touch in the first ODI, before getting run-out for 19.
- Shaheen Shah Afridi has enjoyed success at Lord’s. He has seven wickets in two matches, including a six-for vs Bangladesh in the 2019 World Cup. He was the only Pakistani bowler to take a wicket in the first ODI (1/22).
Stats and Facts
- This match will be held at full capacity. This will be the first time that a match will have a full crowd in England since 2019.
- Ben Stokes is set to play his 100th ODI. He will be the 25th England player to reach that mark.
- Fakhar Zaman has scored 349 runs in four ODIs this year, with only Mushfiqur Rahim (407) and Paul Stirling (546) ahead of him.
- Hasan Ali averages 45.42 with the ball in 12 ODIs vs England. He will be seeking an improvement.
Possible Playing 11
England will likely stick with the same team, unless they choose to rotate one or more of their seamers.
England: 1. Phil Salt, 2. Dawid Malan, 3. Zak Crawley, 4. James Vince, 5. Ben Stokes (c), 6. John Simpson (wk), 7. Lewis Gregory, 8. Craig Overton/Jake Ball, 9. Brydon Carse, 10. Saqib Mahmood, 11. Matt Parkinson
Pakistan could also stick with the same team. Their thinking may be to give the players a chance to redeem themselves.
Pakistan: 1. Fakhar Zaman, 2. Imam-ul-Haq, 3. Babar Azam (c), 4. Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5. Saud Shakeel, 6. Sohaib Maqsood, 7. Shadab Khan, 8. Faheem Ashraf, 9. Hasan Ali, 10. Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11. Haris Rauf
Lord’s Pitch Report and Weather
Rain is forecast in London, particularly in the morning. This provides some hope that conditions will clear enough in the afternoon to allow for a result. In such conditions, the new ball bowlers can certainly have a say, which puts the onus on the top-order players to perform. However, run-scoring on this ground has prevalent in the Vitality Blast, with the three teams batting first posting totals of 223, 183 and 166.
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Chasing could the preferred choice given the weather conditions. Pakistan will be after a much-improved performance, and they are capable of producing the goods. Pakistan to win.