The first ODI being washed out and Pakistan having lost the remaining two ODIs, this will be a must win game for the visitors in order to have a chance of levelling the five-match series.
England have been in great rhythm in recent times and have lost only three out of their last 10 ODIs. Pakistan competed well in the last match. In fact, their batting was excellent, but they did not seem to have the bowling to match up to that.
Eoin Morgan’s England have been a batting powerhouse in recent times, scoring in excess of 300 on a consistent basis in one-day cricket. They haven’t lost a bilateral series at home since conceding a five-match series to Australia 2-3 in September 2015. Moreover, each of their high-scoring efforts in recent times has seen a different architect.
The two teams will now head to the Trent Bridge, Nottingham to face off in the 4th ODI on Friday, May 17.
Date: Friday May 17, 2019
Timing: 05:00 PM PKT
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Weather: Slightly unsettled and cooler weather is forecast for Friday, though it is expected to stay dry.
Conditions / Pitch Report: This is a big scoring ground at the best of times, but tomorrow could be a 500 job. As this ground is being used for the World Cup, the main squares in the middle are being left alone. So, we find ourselves on a pitch away to the right of center as you look at it from the press box meaning it is 40-something-yard hit to the Smith Cooper stand.
Head to Head:
Matches: 85 | England: 51 | Pakistan: 31 | NR: 3
England: W W W L W (completed matches, most recent first)
Pakistan: L L L L L
England will be without regular captain Eoin Morgan, who has been banned from the game due to a slow over-rate offence in the Bristol game. His deputy, Jos Buttler, who had been rested for that match, is expected to return and lead the side.
Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid were rested for the third ODI with Joe Denly and Tom Curran given a chance at their place. Denly did not get an opportunity to bat and his place in the World Cup squad seems wobbly. It may very well be the case that England decide to go with one less spinning option and include Jofra Archer instead.
Curran proved to be a bit expensive the last time and might make way for Adil Rashid, who picked up a four-fer at Trent Bridge. England’s batting has been top notch and there seems absolutely no loophole in that department.
England’s Probable XI:
1. Jason Roy, 2. James Vince, 3. Joe Root, 4. Joe Denly, 5. Ben Stokes, 6. Jos Buttler (capt/wk) , 7. Moeen Ali, 8. Adil Rashid, 9. Jofra Archer, 10. Tom Curran, 11. Mark Wood / Liam Plunkett
Pakistan might have lost the previous two games, but the form of their openers, Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, will buoy them in the series decider. With back-to-back fifties, Asif Ali, too, has made a strong case for himself ahead of the World Cup.
Pakistan’s bowling seemed lacklustre in the last match. Shaheen Afridi was particularly out of sorts. With Mohammad Amir being ruled out due to the possibility of chickenpox, Afridi might make way for Mohammad Hasnain in the next match.
Mohammad Hasnain is expected to play in place of Faheem Ashraf as the team continues to tinker with their bowling options.
Mohammad Hafeez is also likely to feature after proving his fitness over the last fortnight. He could replace Haris Sohail who has managed a 50 and 41 on this tour, holding him in good stead for the World Cup.
Pakistan’s Probable XI:
1. Fakhar Zaman, 2. Babar Azam, 3. Imam-ul-Haq, 4. Haris Sohail / Mohammad Hafeez, 5. Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wk), 6. Asif Ali, 7. Hasan Ali 8. Imad Wasim, 9. Shaheen Shah Afridi, 10. Junaid Khan, 11. Mohammad Hasnain
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:
- There have been eight 400-plus scores at Trent Bridge since the start of 2016, more than at any other venue in the world.
“White ball cricket is not a bowler’s game, but credit to the groundsmen and the ECB, the wickets they are preparing are unbelievable … it’s like a batting paradise. You have to find a way to contain and take wickets.” Imad Wasimon the Pakistan bowlers’ woes
“I think the England team have set a standard. I truly think we believe 500 is gettable one day.” Mark Wood on his team’s batting prowess