Test series had been equal won two by two and one drawn. Pakistan had played an ODI against Ireland and won by 255 runs. Pakistan got the first position in test matches for the first time with a 111 points rating. Now Pakistan needs to do much focus on their ODI performances because they are at the tenth position in ODI ranking out of thirteen international teams.
Sharjeel Khan’s very old gun in Pakistan cricket team showed brave and brilliant performance in his last ODI against Ireland but the question is will he perform against England today like his last match? We know today’s match will not kind of that match conditions, pitch and bowlers are much different than that. If Mohammad Hafeez’s bad luck remains with him then it might much difficult to survive for Pakistan.
Late summer is promising to put in a show over the next few days, meaning warm and dry conditions. Morgan said last week he expects good batting wickets for this series. Southampton has the highest run-rate of any of England’s regular ODI venues. Yasir and Wahab Riaz were rested against Ireland and it would be a surprise if both did not return for this match.
Wahab could replace Hasan Ali and one of Mohammad Nawaz, who hit a fifty on debut, or Imad Wasim, who bagged 5 for 14, could make way for Yasir. That would mean a longer tail, but four specialist bowlers. Mohammad Hafeez still can’t bowl, but there are more options with the ball in this squad than the Test side with Shoaib Malik, Nawaz, and Wasim.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat
Azhar Ali*, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed†, Mohammad Nawaz (3), Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Umar Gul.
AD Hales, JJ Roy, JE Root, EJG Morgan*, BA Stokes, JC Buttler†, MM Ali, CR Woakes, AU Rashid, LE Plunkett, MA Wood.
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ODI no. 3770 | 2016 season
Played at The Rose Bowl, Southampton
24 August 2016 – day/night match (50-over match)
Pakistan 260/6 50 overs
England 194/3 34.3/34.3 overs, target 151
England won by 44 runs (D/L method)