An almost second-string England team beat Pakistan comprehensively in the first ODI in Cardiff by 8 wickets. Despite missing the big players, the side put up a professional performance led by pacer Saqib Mahmood. Then it was Dawid Malan and Zak Crawley who stitched an unbeaten 120-run partnership to help their side win the game within 20-odd overs. In the process, they take a 1-0 lead in the series.
The second game now between both sides will be played at Lord’s on 10th July. Pakistan has to come up with far better performance than they did in the first ODI. The second ODI now becomes a must-win for Pakistan to keep the series alive.
In their previous series, they beat South Africa 2-1 and 3-1 in ODIs and T20Is respectively. England whitewashed Sri Lanka recently in the ODIs and won the T20 series 2-0, before rain washed out the third game. In the ICC ODI rankings, England are placed third currently while Pakistan are placed sixth.
England vs Pakistan 2021, 2nd ODI: Match Prediction
The rivalry between the two sides started way back in 1984. Pakistan dominated over England in the 90s however, in modern times England have had the better of the sub-continental team.
- Total Matches Played- 89
- England Won- 54
- Pakistan Won- 32
- Tie- 0
- England Win%- 60.67
- Pakistan Win%- 35.95
- Average First Innings Score- 240
- Average Second Innings Score- 217
Who Will Score Most Runs– Ben Stokes/Dawid Malan
Who Will Take Most Wickets-Saqib Mahmood/ Craig Overton
Who Will Score Most Runs– Babar Azam/Fakhar Zaman
Who Will Take Most Wickets- Hasan Ali / Shaheen Afridi
Who Will Win The Match: Match Prediction
England won the match rather comprehensively against Pakistan. The men in Green were completely outplayed in all departments of the game. It did not look like a second-string England side played the game. With the knowledge of home conditions and the side leading in the series, England should win the second ODI as well.