ENG vs PAK 2nd ODI: After a crushing loss to Ben Stokes-led new-look England, Babar Azam’s Pakistan is desperate to bounce back. The 2nd ODI at Lord’s will be crucial not only to regain confidence but to also keep hopes alive to win the series
ENGLAND vs PAKISTAN 2nd ODI LIVE CRICKET MATCH Predictions
England and Pakistan have a solid pedigree in the 20-over format. They have played and won the World Cup and Champions Trophy multiple times and their rivalry has been the longest and fiercest. Pakistan has gone down to the English in the last 9 series while the home side has dominated the other part of the globe with overwhelming success.
Although Pakistan has won their last 2 series against New Zealand and Australia they will not have it easy against a wounded English side. It is safe to say that Pakistan can not expect an easy series against the Englishmen but they can win a match and even draw the series.
Where can I watch the Pakistan Vs England Ist ODI Live Cricket Match?
You can watch first Pakistan vs England ODI match online on SONY. You can also watch the match on SonyLIV, which is a live streaming site that provides you with an alternative, free stream of the match.
Looking at the team news and the batting order
Babar Azam will be the one to watch. He is a destructive batsman who is capable of delivering on the big stage.
The weather conditions in London will be pleasant and sunny as the match will be played in clear weather. The ball will be expected to swing both ways. The English conditions will assist bowlers while the Pakistani batsmen, who usually struggle in these conditions, will have a difficult time.
ENG vs PAK Playing 11
As per the toss, the battle would be witnessed between Azam and fellow opener Imam-ul-Haq. While Azam usually opens the innings, he has been posted at the third spot in the past matches, where Imam has proved his mettle with match-winning performances.
Azam has scored a total of 86 runs from 3 innings at an average of 11.75. A dip in batting form has resulted in him losing his place in the top order and was part of the batting unit that suffered a massive collapse at Lord’s.
The visitors’ main strength lies in their top-order comprising Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed, who are capable of chasing anything. The bowling attack features the likes of Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Amir.
ENG vs PAK Playing Strategy
Swing bowler Mark Wood will be likely to start in the second ODI. This could mean a lot of change in the England team as David Willey and Chris Woakes are most likely to miss the Lord’s game. Since Wood was announced in the squad, the focus will be on Liam Plunkett. Pakistan has been impressive with the ball so far but Plunkett has the ability to rise to the occasion. Sarfraz Ahmed’s men need to manage the lead properly and come back strong in the third ODI.
England can’t afford to lose another game and these two matches will have an impact on the semi-final equation. The home crowd will also have an impact on the outcome of the match. They have to ensure that they retain the momentum. It’s high time that the backroom staff made a few changes in the squad.
ENG vs PAK Prediction
Pakistan has a better chance to defend the total in the second ODI and in doing so, will set a daunting target for their opponents. Pakistan is favourites to win, given the history, they share with England and the inexperienced batting line-up. However, in conditions that favour bowlers, England have the advantage.
On the other hand, England will be confident with the return of both Joe Root and Ben Stokes. The bowlers will also be a threat for Pakistan and their batters, given the strong form they are in, might face a lot of trouble. England should come up with a solid plan and ensure that they maintain consistency. PAK vs ENG match: Who will win the match? Pakistan’s inexperienced batsmen have failed to impress against England, which can have some effect in the 2nd ODI.
It will be interesting to see if the England batsmen can convert the starts that they have got so far. The key will be David Mallan’s batting.