Pak vs Eng: Pakistan opt to field first after winning toss in second ODI

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Pak vs Eng: Pakistan opt to field first after winning toss in second ODI

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Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi is seen bowling a delivery in this photo courtesy ICC.
Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi is seen bowling a delivery in this photo courtesy ICC.
  • Pakistan aims to win remaining two matches and earn 20 points to improve ranking in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.
  • Pakistan and England both have retained the same squad that played first ODI.
  • The match has been reduced to 47-overs a side.

LONDON: Pakistan have won the toss and decided to bowl first in the second ODI against England being played at the Lord’s cricket stadium.

With rain delaying the toss, the match has been reduced to 47-overs a side.

Pakistan are fielding the same team that lost in Cardiff with skipper Babar Azam saying, “we are trying to do our best, use the conditions and win the match.”

On the other hand, England captain Ben Stokes said they have not made any changes in the playing XI, adding they would have bowled first, but will now attempt to put a sizeable total on the scoreboard.

Wearing green shirts, a large number of Pakistani fans have already reached the ground to support their favourite team. They are hopeful that Pakistan will take revenge for the loss in Cardiff.

Squads

England: Phil Salt, Dawid Malan, Zak Crawley, James Vince, Ben Stokes (c), John Simpson (wk), Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Brydon Carse, Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Sohaib Maqsood, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf.

Match preview

In the opening match of the series, Pakistan faced an embarrassing defeat by new-look England after they were bundled out for 141 in the 36th over.

Pakistan’s dependency over the top-order trio of Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman will be exposed if they fail to deliver, especially all at once.

For the middle-order to reach stability and consistency, Pakistan have had to make changes.

England, meanwhile, have made use of the resources available to them. Ben Stokes has returned to international action after recovering from an injury and has been handed the captaincy.

With 20 points of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League still up for grabs, Pakistan will want to ensure they take the points and rise up to the second position in the standings, right behind England, who currently are at the top with 75 points.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam admitted that the players failed to come up to expectations and vowed to address the weakness in the batting line-up.

“We are working on our lower middle-order. We try to give them confidence. The effort is centered around giving them the space to let them apply their game on the field. The more experience they accumulate, the more confident they will grow,” he said.

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