CWC England150Monday’s action in the ICC Cricket World Cup sees England take on Pakistan at Trent Bridge, Nottingham and there were vastly contrasting fortunes for these two sides in their opening matches

 

 

 

England:

Outright tournament favourites and host nation England got off to a winning start with a 104 run victory over the Proteas at Kennington Oval on Thursday last week. England lost the toss and after being put into bat they lost Jonny Bairstow in the first over for a golden duck. The damage was repaired by Jason Roy (54), Joe Root (51), Eoin Morgan (57) and Ben Stokes who top scored with 89 as England posted 311/8 in their 50 overs.

Jofra Archer, with figures of 3/27 in his 7 overs, was the stand out England bowler. There were 2 wickets a piece for Plunkett and Stokes and Stokes also took an outrageous catch in a near faultless England fielding display. The Proteas were bowled out for 207 in 39.5 overs and England’s odds to win the tournament were trimmed to 37/20 (from around 2/1).

Stokes was named Man of Match and England hit just 3 maximums, all from Eoin Morgan.

This was how England lined up against South Africa.

Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (captain), Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adi Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer

 

 

Pakistan:

Pakistan suffered a nightmare start to their campaign with a 7 wicket defeat to West Indies at this venue on Friday last week. They lost the toss and were asked to bat first on what has been one of the highest scoring grounds in the country. Only 4 players made it to double figures as they were bowled out for just 105 in 21.4 overs. Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam top scored with 22 runs and although Mohammad Amir took all 3 West Indies wickets to fall, a formality of a chase was completed in just 13.4 overs.

The defeat and more significantly the manner of it saw Pakistan’s odds balloon out to 35/1 (from 20/1) in the outright winner market.

This was how Pakistan lined up against Windies in their opening match.

Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk/ captain), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir

 

Head to Head

The teams have met 87 times with England winning 53, Pakistan have won 31 and there have been 3 no results.

The most recent series between the sides came in England as recently as last month and after no result was possible in the series opener England went on to win all 4 of the remaining matches by margins of 12 runs, 6 wickets, 3 wickets and 54 runs.

The fourth match in the above series was staged at Nottingham. Pakistan posted a bat first total of 341/7 (Babar Azam 115) and England chased it down with 3 balls to spare and 3 wickets in tact (Jason Roy 114, Stokes 71 not out).

In 2017 Pakistan knocked England out of the Champions Trophy semi finals at Cardiff with an 8 wicket win.

 

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England 1 / 4

Pakistan 3/1

Note prices quoted are correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.

 

Verdict:

That was a real horror show from Pakistan in their opening match and although they ran England close at Trent Bridge last month, they will need to show plenty of character to have any chance of derailing the tournament favourites.

For a betting interest we go with Jason Roy to score another 50 whilst the one positive for Pakistan last week was Mohammad Amir’s 3 wickets and he gets the vote to be their top bowler.

 

Suggested Bets:

Batsman to score a Fifty in the match Jason Roy? (yes) at 13/10

Top Pakistan Bowler, Mohammad Amir at 3/1

Note prices quoted are correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.

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