After relentless rain forced the abandonment of the first one-day international, England will be looking for a more favourable result as they take on Pakistan in the second ODI on Saturday, 11 May in Southampton.
On a damp day, England and Pakistan were robbed of the possibility of what could have proved to be a belter of a contest. But the good news heading into the second game is that although the conditions are overcast, the chances of rain are bare minimum or next to none. Hence, expect a full game with some riveting contest from both teams.
The first ODI of the five-match series between England and Pakistan was a damper as the match was washed out after just 19 overs.
Pakistan were 80-2 at that point with Imam-ul-Haq leading the way with an unbeaten 42. He looked solid at the crease and was approaching another half-century.
For England, Jofra Archer managed to impress in the only four overs that he bowled. Archer picked up one wicket, while conceding just six runs and looked the best bowler for the hosts by far.
Date: Saturday May 11, 2019
Timing: 03:00 PM PKT
Venue: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Weather: The weather does not look as bleak as it was in the first ODI. For the most part, it is expected to be sunny and we should be able to get a full game in.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The pitch at the Ageas Bowl is usually hard and flat for limited-overs game, and this looks set to be a biscuit-coloured belter.
Head to Head:
Matches: 83 | England: 49 | Pakistan: 31 | NR: 3
England: W L W L W (completed matches, most recent first)
Pakistan: L L L L L
England have Moeen and Roy available again, after rib and back injuries respectively, and they are set to come straight back in for Denly and Vince.
At the Oval, England went all in with their core players – Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes – and giving them a chance to get back to the international drill after the rigorous IPL.
They didn’t get a chance in London but are expected to get back to business at the hard Rose Bowl deck. With Archer, Denly and Woakes, England have a long tail. Hence, expect no changes.
England’s Probable XI:
1. Jason Roy, 2. Jonny Bairstow, 3. Joe Root, 4. Eoin Morgan (capt), 5. Ben Stokes, 6. Jos Buttler (wk), 7. Moeen Ali, 8. Adil Rashid, 9. Jofra Archer, 10. Chris Woakes, 11. Liam Plunkett
For Pakistan, Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman have pretty much sealed their opening spots for the World Cup. The team included Mohammad Amir and Asif Ali in the playing XI, both of whom are not part of their provisional World Cup squad.
Shoaib Malik, having missed the first game due to personal reasons is expected to be back in time for this encounter. He could step straight into the starting XI, possibly at the expense of Asif.
Pakistan may retained the bowling attack which didn’t see any action at The Oval.
The regular openers, Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, should be reunited, while the choice to complete the bowling attack is between Amir and Yasir.
Pakistan’s Probable XI:
1. Fakhar Zaman, 2. Babar Azam, 3. Imam-ul-Haq, 4. Haris Sohail, 5. Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wk), 6. Asif Ali / Shoaib Malik, 7. Faheem Ashraf 8. Imad Wasim, 9. Hasan Ali, 10. Mohammad Amir, 11. Mohammad Hasnain / Shaheen Shah Afridi
Players to watch:
1. Babar Azam – Batsman, Pakistan
Babar Azam can have a good start to the series if he takes off in a batsman friendly pitch. Babar is a smart player and plays well to the situation. He has been very consistent with the runs for Pakistan and could be one of the most important players in the series.
2. Mohammad Amir – Bowler, Pakistan
Although England look a stronger side, Pakistan’s fast bowlers are really capable of wreaking havoc on their day. Likewise, Amir is a player who ideally should be motivated because of his exclusion from the World Cup squad. He will know that an impressive performance against England in the ODI series could help him retain his spot and is a good player to watch out
3. Jonny Bairstow – Batsman, England
It is kinda a no-brainer with Bairstow in such good form for England and his IPL 2019 team Sunrisers Hyderabad. Bairstow is a terrific batsman and has really struck form before the World Cup, he looks menacing.
4. Jofra Archer – Bowler, England
With the form that the pacer is in, former English players cannot stop stressing on why he needs to be included in the World Cup squad. Archer has had a really good IPL season and also has been playing really well since he came back to England.
Stats and Travia:
- Eoin Morgan is set to draw level with Paul Collingwood on 197 as England’s most-capped player in ODIs.
- The last time these teams met in Southampton, in 2016, England won comfortably on DLS; Pakistan were victorious then years before that, thanks to a Younis Khan hundred.
“We know he’s a very, very good bowler though and a highly skilled bowler. And he’s going to get an opportunity here to put his name forward. We’ll see at the end of the series where we are with that.” Mickey Arthur on Amir’s World Cup hopes.