It was an eminent batting display from both teams at the Rose Bowl in Southampton which saw 734 runs scored in a day and eventually, the hosts held their nerves to go 1-0 up in the 5-match ODI series.
It is now time for the third match to take place which will be played at the County Ground in Bristol. Both teams will go into this contest with their tails up, but the psychological advantage will be bracing England who registered a 12 runs win.
A total of 2 centuries and 5 fifties were registered among the two sides in Southampton run-fest. Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Babar Azam and Asif Ali got 50+ scores against their name, whereas, Fakhar Zaman and Jos Buttler were the centurions.
The momentum Pakistan was looking for in the English conditions prior to the series is somehow associated with them now after a brilliant batting display, however, bowling still remains a cause of concern. Their premier seamers Saheen Afridi, Faheem Ashraf, and Hasan Ali all went for above 6 runs per over and were unable to create any panic whatsoever in the English camp.
Pakistan can not afford any lapse in the next match as England needs only one more win to get into a safer zone. On the other hand, if Pakistan loses this match, they can only think of drawing level in the series.
Pakistan won: 02
England won: 02
No Result/Tied: 01
The County Ground in Bristol dimension wise is a small ground which means once again a run-fest can be expected. The seamers although can get some movement in the air but the batsmen will have the best outing.
Pakistan: L, L, L, NR, L
England: W, L, W, NR, W
Pakistan vs England
Venue: County Ground, Bristol
Time: May 13, 05:30 PM
Pakistan squad to face England:
Sarfaraz Ahmed(c), Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hasnain, Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Sohail, Junaid Khan, Abid Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Asif Ali, Imam-ul-Haq.
England squad to face Pakistan:
Eoin Morgan(c), Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Joe Denly, Liam Plunkett, James Vince, Tom Curran, Moeen Ali, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Joe Root.
England: Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid/Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail/Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Amir.