Pakistan’s last game was not so bad because England reached their target very hardly. Pakistani bowling is their main strength. In their last match, Pakistan had a chance but after Mohammad Irfan’s problem it was lost because he was doing his best, he bowled five overs and took two wickets with 26 runs. Azhar Ali scored 80 runs off 104 balls, Imad Wasim scored 57 runs off 41 balls not out.
Azhar Ali won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Match Timings: 10:30 local time (09:30 GMT)
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JJ Roy, AD Hales, JE Root, EJG Morgan*, JM Bairstow†, BA Stokes, LA Dawson, CR Woakes, DJ Willey, CJ Jordan, MA Wood.
Sharjeel Khan, Azhar Ali*, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed†, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz (3), Imad Wasim, Umar Gul, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir.
It rained heavily on Saturday, but the forecast for match day is much better. The pitch is normally good for international cricket, and the short, straight boundaries can be enticing for the batsmen. Mohammad Irfan, who suffered cramps at Headingley after just five overs, has returned home. Mohammad Amir, who was rested for that game, is likely to replace him.
Jos Buttler was still experiencing tightness in his hamstring, which forced him to miss the previous game, and it would appear unlikely that he’d be risked, which means another chance for Bairstow. The last time England played here, they left out Moeen to play an extra quickly because of the short, straight boundary, but Stokes’ presence with the ball means Moeen will probably be retained this time.
ODI no. 3777
Played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
4 September 2016 (50-over match)
England 302/9 50 overs
Pakistan 304/6 48.2 overs
Pakistan won by 4 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)