Pakistan is 76-0 after 12 overs in their World Cup fixture against England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Imamul Haq places 30 runs on the scoreboard, Fakhar Zaman added on 31, while England presented 8 bonuses. Previous, England won the toss and opted to field 1st in the teams’ 2nd matchup of the event. According to ESPNcricinfo, Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed declared that he had also wished to bowl first.
“I wanted to bowl 1st too. It looks an excellent batting surface. The short-ball ( versus ) West Indies was just a one-off I think. We have played ODIs — not thinking about the losses,” he declared. His English counterpart Eoin Morgan declared: “It ( the pitch ) looks excellent. So, hopefully, we play well enough today. We have 1 change: Liam Plunkett is out and Mark Wood comes in. It’s because we want extra pace,” the website recorded. Trent Bridge is renowned as a batsman’s paradise, with England having double set the world history for the maximum score in a One-Day International — 444 for three against Pakistan in 2016 and last year’s 481 for 6 — on the very pitch that will be useful for today’s matchup.
But Pakistan’s batsmen had anything but a simple ride in Nottingham as they succumbed to a bouncer barrage from the West Indies that saw them slump to 105 all out and a comprehensive defeat in their starting matchup of the World Cup on Friday. The green shirts may have lost their final 11 ODIs but bowling coach Azhar Mahmood says England must not forget his team’s resilient performance in the Champions Trophy 2 yrs back at the sides make to meet. “We are 1 win away from returning again, and that’s what happened in Champions Trophy,” Mahmood declared.
“We missing in Champions Trophy and then we return hard. So whenever we have missed and we come back stronger, and we have the ability to bounce back,” he added. Pakistan beat England by 8 wickets in the Champions Trophy semi-final in 2017 before a comprehensive victory over India in the final. Their recent form, however, has been weak, including a 4-0 season defeat by England.
“We’ve lost eleven games in a row but in the 5 games we missing against Australia, we rested 8 to 9 competitors,” Mahmood said to a news meeting on Sunday. “So it was a young group and we were trying several competitors, several combinations. Yes, against England we lost 4 games. But we were not far away. We just didn’t win those crucial moments. They’ve played in England, so they have enough knowledge and to go and win the game for Pakistan .” Mahmood dismissed suggestions that if Pakistan wins, for the first time since beating South Africa in Johannesburg in January, it would be a major upset. “We can beat them,” he declared. “It’s not an upset. We have the ability to beat them .”
England, who announced their quest to win the World Cup for the very first time with a 104-run out of South Africa at the Oval in which quick bowler Jofra Archer starred may now, in the light of Pakistan’s issues against short-pitched bowling, unleash Wood in partnership with the Sussex speedster.
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imamul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed ( capt&wk ), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
England: ( Playing XI ) Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan( capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler( wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark WoodShare On