Fresh off a victory England look to seal a Champions Trophy spot
- Pakistan need to win this match by 287 runs or with 284 balls to spare in order to reach the semifinals.
- England have defeated Pakistan in seven of the previous 10 encounters.
England and Pakistan will be up against each other in match 44 of the World Cup 2023 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on November 11th. England are seventh on the table with four points and a net run-rate of -0.885. They are coming off a comprehensive victory over the Netherlands by 160 runs. Despite having a poorer campaign, England head into the game on almost equal odds at 1.84
Pakistan have eight points and a net run-rate of 0.036. They have won four and lost as many games in the tournament. They need to win this game by 287 runs to surpass New Zealand on NRR and book their spot in the semi finals. It looks nearly impossible but crazier things have happened in this sport. Pakistan have odds of 2.02 to win this match.
The head to head record between these two rivals in ODI cricket is in England’s favour. They have faced each other in 91 ODIs, of which England have claimed 56 while Pakistan have won 32 games. As for the previous 10 encounters, England lead the scoreline by 7-2.
Out of 36 ODIs played at Eden Gardens, the team batting first has won 20 games as opposed to 13 by the chasing side. England’s both wins in the tournament came while batting first while Pakistan need to bat first to have a shot at semifinals. Our toss prediction is that Pakistan will win the toss and bat first.
Pakistan have won four games in the World Cup while England have had a terrible campaign. Despite that, the bookmakers have England slightly ahead with a win probability of 54%.
The average first innings score at Eden Gardens after 36 ODIs stands at 255. The number after three games in the ongoing World Cup reads 253.
The pitches at Eden Gardens in the ongoing tournament have been slower than usual and it has the lowest scoring rate. There was significant turn and grip for spinners in the previous game. The weather in Kolkata is likely to be sunny and pleasant on Saturday, with no rain threat. The temperature could range between 25-32 degrees.
Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (c/wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Gus Atkinson, Adil Rashid
Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf
Ben Stokes: The England superstar scored a magnificent century in the previous game, hitting 108 off 84 against the Netherlands. Stokes, who had played a key role versus Pakistan in the T20 World Cup final, will be crucial for England here.
Shaheen Shah Afridi: The Pakistan fast bowler has picked 16 wickets in the ongoing World Cup at an economy of 5.76 while striking every 26.6 balls. England’s top order has struggled against left-arm pace and Shaheen will be a key factor here.
England and Pakistan both have had underwhelming campaigns, the former more so. England have been poor with the bat, and found themselves in trouble even in the previous game. Pakistan have a more solid batting line-up and that could be a decisive factor in this game.
Our tip: Pakistan to win the match at 2.02
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Fakhar Zaman was dropped earlier in the competition but returned to the side with two impact knocks. He hit 81 against Bangladesh and smashed 129* off 81 versus New Zealand. Back Zaman at 4.83 to be Pakistan’s top batter in the match.