CWC 2019: England’s X-factor Vs Pakistan X-factor’s DKODED
Hosts England take on 1992 champions Pakistan in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 encounter at Trent Bridge on Monday. The Eoin Morgan-led side, who opened their account with a resounding win against South Africa on 30 May, may recall fast bowler Mark Wood against Pakistan.
On other hand, within the Pakistan camp there is a frustration with a humiliating defeat against West Indies at Trent Bridge.
Will Pakistan prevail against the hosts?
Talking About England
The hosts, fresh from their victory on Thursday against South Africa and a golf day that followed are full of confidence and well-rested. Sunday was very much a light session with the onus on players to get what they want from it.
Ben Stokes (All-rounder)
The all-rounder batsman was the talk of the town for his extra ordinary catch. Stokes will undoubtedly be the master stroke for the hosts against Pakistan
Jofra Archer (Bowler)
Jofra Archer was the emerge entertainer with the ball for England as he sacked the significant wickets of Markram, Faf, and Dussen breaking the foundation of the South African batting line-up to complete with figures of 3/27 in his seven overs. England will be expecting a replica of his performance.
Other Players to look out for
Jonny and Jos are the two England batsmen who have always been the standout performers of the team. They stand like a rock whenever in need
Talking about Pakistan
Pakistan’s batsmen had anything but an easy ride in Nottingham as they succumbed to a bouncer barrage from the West Indies that saw them slump to 105 all out and a comprehensive defeat in their opening match of the World Cup on Friday.
Babar Azam (Batsmen)
Babar Azam laid claim to a long-term spot in Pakistan’s batting line-up with a strong performance in 2016, making three consecutive ODI hundreds against West Indies in the UAE, and a 90 in his third Test, in Hamilton. He was 22 years old at the time. In Pakistan’s batting line up, Babar Azam will be looked out for to perform.
Mohammad Amir (Bowler)
Mohammad Amir, a left-arm pace bowler, reveres Wasim Akram. Over 2007 and 2008, he also emerged, still improbably young, as a hot pace prospect. Even before he went to England on an U-19 tour, he had been picked out as a special talent by Akram himself.
Amir was the only one to be a ray of hope in Pakistan’s previous game.
Where – Trent Bridge, Nottingham
First opened in 1841, Trent Bridge is a truly historic cricket ground. It first hosted a one-day international in 1974 and has been used as a Cricket World Cup venue for the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 editions.
The Trent Bridge has been a fairly good ground for batting with batsman averaging 35.9 runs per wicket in the past 10 years.
If England are the favourites, Pakistan has proven to be the worst side in their first game.