Date: 8 July, 2021
Time: 5:30 PM IST
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
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The 3-match ODI series between England and Pakistan is set to kick off at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on July 8 at 5:30 PM IST. The hosts started their 2021 home season on a winning note, dominating Sri Lanka in both ODIs and T20s. However, with several players testing positive in the England team and 9 players receiving their maiden-call ups, it might be a bit challenging for England. All-rounder Ben Stokes has been named as the skipper for the inexperienced 18-man squad. Whereas Pakistan walk in having won their last ODI series against South Africa, earlier this year. The visitors will aim to make the most of this series against England’s second string team.
Though England walk in this ODI series with a major triumph, having won the T20I and ODI series against Sri Lanka, the inexperience of the new squad can cost the hosts. Needless to say, Stokes will be the MVP for England and should be a must-have in one’s fantasy team. Additionally Dawid Malan, Jake Ball and Saqib Mahmood would be crucial throughout the series and can fetch some good points in fantasy. Coming in with an inexperienced squad, England will aim to make the most of the home advantage and give a tough fight to Pakistan.
Led by Babar Azam and given their form in the ODI series, Pakistan will start off as favourites against Ben Stokes-led England. Pakistan’s key batsmen Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman have been in good form and will aim to score big in the ODI series. Additionally, considering the impressive form of fast-bowling duo Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi, Pakistan will be confident of beating England.
Probable Playing XI
England- Ben Duckett, James Vince, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes (c), Daniel Lawrence, Will Jacks, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Matt Parkinson, Jake Ball and Saqib Mahmood
Pakistan- Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan, Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Sohail, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz/Haris Rauf
Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Rizwan, Ben Duckett
Batsmen: Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan,
All-rounders: Faheem Ashraf, Ben Stokes, Lewis Gregory, Shadab Khan
Bowlers: Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Jake Ball, Saqib Mahmood
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