Pakistan’s defeat in the second one-day international to England extended Pakistan’s winless streak, but there were positive signs from which they will look to draw confidence heading into the third match on Tuesday, 14 May.
Pakistan’s ODI record in 2019 has been poor so far. In 12 matches across three series, they have won only two and have lost nine. More worryingly, they’ve been winless in their last eight games, including a washout in the first ODI of the ongoing series.
With the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 pretty much at the doorstep, Pakistan have plenty of reason for concern. But things may not be as gloomy as the numbers suggest, for they put up a remarkable fight in the second ODI in Southampton, going down by only 12 runs in a chase of a mammoth 374 against some pretty good bowling.
The two teams will now head to the County Ground in Bristol to face off in the third ODI on Tuesday, May 14.
Date: Tuesday May 14, 2019
Timing: 05:00 PM PKT
Venue: County Ground, Bristol
Weather: The weather is set fair and looks good too, as it is expected to be only partly cloudy with temperatures of 19 degrees forecast.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The Bristol County Ground pitch is looking good with short, straight boundaries. Bristol’s dimensions favour more big scores.
Head to Head:
Matches: 84 | England: 50 | Pakistan: 31 | NR: 3
England: W W L W L (completed matches, most recent first)
Pakistan: L L L L L
England continue to shuffle their pack during preparations for the World Cup, which have gone well for all but Alex Hales. The team have been tested in all three of their international games but have won them all. Now they are in Bristol, a venue that offers mixed memories.
England appear set to rest new father Buttler after his star turn on Saturday, with Jonny Bairstow training behind the stumps on Monday.
As it stands, it looks like Tom Curran will also be joining Denly in the playing XI. However who Curran is replacing remains to be seen. It could be Buttler, as England look to play an extra seamer, but it might also be David Willey.
From the little evidence so far, the attack looks further threatening when Jofra Archer plays, and it will be interesting to see whether they bring him back in for the third ODI after resting him for the second. His potential World Cup call-up hinges on how he performs in this series after all.
England’s Probable XI:
1. Jason Roy, 2. Jonny Bairstow (wk), 3. Joe Root, 4. Eoin Morgan (capt), 5. Ben Stokes, 6. Jos Buttler / James Vince , 7. Moeen Ali, 8. Joe Denly, 9. Jofra Archer / Tom Curran, 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 regular openers, Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, should be reunited, while the choice to complete the bowling attack is between Hasnain and Yasir.
Pakistan stand to make some changes too, largely motivated by a desire to test their bowling options, with Amir’s absence a given for this match.
Yasir Shah, who struggled to find his rhythm in the last match, will almost certainly make way for Junaid Khan, and Mohamad Hasnain could come in, possibly at the expense of Shaheen Afridi.
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. Fakhar Zaman – Batsman, Pakistan
Pakistan started off on a bright note while chasing what was a huge total, Although they lost the wicket of Imam-ul-Haq early on in the innings, opener Fakhar Zaman scored a century to take Pakistan close to the target, in fact it was his wicket that triggered the Pakistan batting collapse but he will be an impact player for Pakistan.
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:
- Pakistan return to Bristol County Ground for just the second time, almost exactly 20 years to the day since their first appearance, a 27-run win against West Indies at the 1999 World Cup.
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