Cricket match date: 05th May 2019
Cricket match time: 07:00 pm IST
Cricket match location: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: England tour of Ireland 2019
Team A: England
Team B: Pakistan
Team A Captain: Eoin Morgan
Team B Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed
Cricket Match Preview:
England and Pakistan will take on each other in the only T20 game of this series. While the significance of a T20 cricket game is less in the month of the World Cup, this tour of England will be crucial to the preparation of both teams considering the fact that the World Cup is scheduled to begin in the last week of May. Pakistan will have a near full strength squad for this cricket series as several of their cricketers were rested for the series against Australia at home.
For this cricket series, all the English players who were part of Indian Premier League (IPL) have come back to the English side. The likes of Jos Butler, Jonny Bairstow, Jofra Archer and Moeen Ali were all part of different IPL sides and have now returned to the English side. Pakistan players, on the other hand, are coming off from a well-deserved rest after the PSL tournament played in UAE and Pakistan.
From almost every cricket Pundit’s point of view, England are going to be a strong favourite for the World Cup. England are going to be a handful for all their opponents due to their aggressive style of play. They are going to be strong favourites for the World Cup and they would like to come out and show the same in this cricket series as well.
There has been a big controversy regarding one of their players, Alex Hales, who has been dropped from the World Cup squad after being guilty of taking a banned substance. Several of England’s senior players and managing director were involved in this decision-making process. It will be interesting how England will cope with it even though they have ample batting firepower in their ranks.
Pakistan, on the other hand, will be led by their full-time skipper Sarfraz Ahmed for this series and the upcoming World Cup. Shoaib Malik led Pakistan in their series against Australia but it did not prove to be lucky for Pakistan as they were whitewashed by a young Australian side. Shoaib Malik will not play in the initial part of this tournament due to personal reasons.
Cricket Match Information:
England will take on Pakistan in the only T20 cricket game of this England tour of Pakistan. World Cup is just around the corner and every cricket game from here on is going to be crucial for both teams. This will be the last few cricket games for England before the World Cup, whereas Pakistan will play two additional ODIs against Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
England are going to be strong favourites for the World Cup. They would like to begin this series well and look to continue from there on for the next two to three months. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played in West Indies.
Here is our prediction of England’s playing XI:
- Jos Butler
- Johnny Bairstow
- Joe Root
- Eoin Morgan
- Moeen Ali
- Tom Curran
- Liam Plunkett
- Mark Wood
- Adeel Rashid
- Jofra Archer
- David Willey
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Pakistan will be led by the experienced Sarfraz Ahmed. He will be leading Pakistan’s side in the World Cup as well. Our prediction is of quite a few changes to their playing eleven compared to those that played in the series against Australia.
Here is our prediction of Pakistan’s playing XI:
- Sarfraz Ahmed
- Babar Azam
- Harris Sohail
- Faheem Ashraf
- Imad Wasim
- Hasan Ali
- Mohammad Aamir
- Yasir Shah
- Shaheen Shah Afridi
- Fakhar Zaman
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Babar Azam is going to be an important factor behind the success of Pakistan in this cricket series and in the World Cup. Our prediction is of a good knock from him in the first cricket game of the series.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last international ODI cricket game was played here between India and England back in 2018. England won that cricket game after chasing down 148 runs set by India batting first. They won the game of cricket easily by five wickets. Our prediction is of a score of around 200 runs especially if England bat first. Conditions are expected to be cold and windy.
England will begin the game of cricket as favourites. They are the number one cricket side of the format and are expected to be very tough to beat. Our prediction is of England’s win in the only T20 cricket game.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Jonny Bairstow (ENG) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Adil Rasheed (ENG) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Moeen Ali (ENG)
England – 1.55
Pakistan – 2.25
*odds may change anytime