Pakistan will be hoping to bounce back when they take on England in the sixth match of the ICC Cricket World Cup at Trent Bridge, Nottingham today.
England made good on their tags as favourites with a crushing win against South Africa. In contrast, Pakistan lost their 11th straight one-day international when they were blasted apart by the West Indies in their opening match.
England will be feeling very confident against Pakistan in this match having soundly beaten them 4-0 in the ODI series before this tournament got underway.
With Ben Stokes getting runs, wickets and spectacular catches, and Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy and Joe Root also making fifties they will be thinking they can repeat the results of the very recent past.
For Pakistan, there are some serious question marks. Against the West Indies they were battered and bruised by the short ball, with Andre Russell and Oshane Thomas both having them hopping around.
With England likely to play Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer and potentially Mark Wood, there will be a good chance that a number of short balls at very decent pace will be heading their way.
In the past, it has been the Pakistan’s bowling attack that has made up for batting shortfalls but in that ODI series against England last month, they ended up conceding more than 340 four times in a row.
The forecast is for a cloudy but dry day in Nottingham so there may be some swing early on. The pitch at Trent Bridge is said to be amongst the most run-laden in the world cricket right now, there could be a high score here if one of these teams fires with the bat.
England: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood.
Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (Captain, wk), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim and Fakhar Zaman.