Pitch and weather: There’s some grass on what looks like a dry pitch. It’s also off-centre, which will result in a short boundary one side. It’s expected to be hot and quite humid, with rain not in the offing.
Pakistan vs England Highlights 2023, ICC CWC 2023 44th Match, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Saturday 11-11-2023.
England confirm an unchanged XI. “Looks a good wicket, little dry, we want first use of it,” says Jos Buttler. “Nice to break a losing streak, want to leave India with our heads held high. An emotional day for David Willey, so we talked about trying to enjoy it and take it all in.”
Babar confirms he would have batted first. One change, Shadab in for Hasan Ali. “We are looking forward to Fakhar’s innings, we are enjoying his batting. We will try our best, and let’s see.”
Toss: England chose to bat.
Pakistan team: 1 Abdullah Shafique, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Agha Salman, 9 Mohammad Wasim Jnr, 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Haris Rauf
England team: 1 Jonny Bairstow, 2 Dawid Malan, 3 Joe Root, 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Harry Brook, 6 Jos Buttler (capt/wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 David Willey, 10 Gus Atkinson, 11 Adil Rashid
Head to Head In ODI’s: 91
Pakistan Won: 32
England Won: 56
Pakistan ODI Rankings: 4th
England ODI Rankings: 6th
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
Match Timings: 8:30 AM GMT | 2:00 PM Local
Umpires – Paul Wilson, Rod Tucker
TV Umpire – Sharfuddoula
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Paul Reiffel
Match number – ODI no. 4701
Post Match Presentation
“We conceded a few too many runs. We bowled a few loose deliveries towards the end. And out spinners’ aren’t taking wickets, which doesn’t help. That has a big effect because you need to take wickets in the middle overs. The pitch is very true and the margin of error is very low for fast bowlers, which explains the big scores we have conceded. We will sit together and take stock. We’ll take positives from this and discuss mistakes. I’m keen to lead the rebuild.”
“Nice to put in a good performance and finish this way. Lots to reflect on and ultimately disappointing but good to win today. We showed the true version of ourselves. We haven’t shown enough what we’re capable of. Lots of us haven’t performed to our level. To not have him available for a few games was a challenge but we’re a good enough team to have been able to deal with it.
“The World Cup as a whole is a disappointment. We spoke together about how if this is the last game for a lot of players, then let’s make some good memories at the very least. David Willey’s been fantastic. Ever since he came in in 2015. he always finds a way, a proper competitor, a real team man, and to be Player of the Match in his last match speaks volumes.
“I don’t think there’ll be a drastic change of plan like we had in 2015. There are a few things we need to change and build something new. Doesn’t mean there’ll be a huge clearout but we have work to do to become a top team again.”
David Willey is the man of the match:
“The tournament hasn’t gone to plan for us as a whole which is disappointing. For me to be able to perform and get to 100 wickets in my last game has been a nice way to finish. You only have to look around the dressing room; we’ve got massive talent. There’s no doubt we’ve underperformed here which is disappointing.
People might have frowned at the timing of my retirement but nit many players get to walk out on their own terms. Rob Keys said to me hope you prove me wrong and I hope I’ve done that. Proud every time I’ve pulled on this shirt. That T20 World Cup win in Australia last year was pretty special. I didn’t actually play in the competition itself but that moment was very special.”