ENG vs PAK 1st ODI Highlights today Thursday, 7-8-2021 – 1st ODI (D/N), Pakistan tour of England from Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
Ben Stokes won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Ben Stokes: “We’re a successful team bowling, so just because we’ve got a changed team, we’re not going to change our ways.”
“A strange situation, but to pick a team of this caliber shows we’re in a good place.”
Babar Azam: “We are looking forward to it, we are not worried about match practice, we’ve had ten days in Derby.”
England team: 1 Phil Salt, 2 Dawid Malan, 3 Zak Crawley, 4 James Vince, 5 Ben Stokes (capt), 6 John Simpson (wk) 7 Lewis Gregory, 8 Craig Overton, 9 Brydon Carse, 10 Saqib Mahmood, 11 Matt Parkinson.
Pakistan team: 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Sohaib Maqsood, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Hasan Ali, 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Haris Rauf.
Match Timings: 12:00 GMT | 13:00 Local | 17:00 PKT
Umpires – Alex Wharf, Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpires – Richard Illingworth
Match Referee – Chris Broad
Reserve Umpire – David Millns
Match number – ODI no. 4299
ODI Debut – Brydon Carse, John Simpson, Lewis Gregory, Phil Salt, Zak Crawley, Saud Shakeel
Post Match Presentation.
Babar Azam: “Credit to England for this,” he says. “We didn’t get momentum or a big partnership. Fakhar carried his form on from South Africa. We are looking forward to Lord’s and we have to try and do our best.”
Ben Stokes: “Very clinical performance, massively ahead of the game, which helps, especially when captaining for the first time. When you get a new group together you are striving for that first team performance, but we weren’t put under pressure today, not every game of cricket goes that smoothly. My message was go out and do what you do for your counties, and enjoy the situation we’re in.”
The Player of the Match is Saqib Mahmood: “As a team you want to win, and as a player, you want to contribute. First, you’ve got to read the conditions, guys tried to hit their lengths, and we were able to set attacking fields. Hopefully, guys can take confidence from this, another important game coming up in a couple of days.”