The first ODI between Pakistan and England is set to take place at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
England have had to name a completely different side, led by Ben Stokes. However, the new-look team also have some experienced campaigners in the form of Dawid Malan and James Vince.
The additions of Matt Parkinson and Will Jacks also adds to the excitement around the unit as England look to kickstart the ODI series with a win.
Pakistan gave a good account of themselves in the ODI format against South Africa earlier in the year and will be looking to sustain their momentum when they lock horns with England.
With the likes of Fakhar Zaman and Hasan Ali also rediscovering their form, Pakistan will be eager to get off to a winning start in the three-match ODI series.
Predicted Playing XIs
England Ben Duckett (wk), James Vince, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes (c), Daniel Lawrence, Will Jacks, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Matt Parkinson, Jake Ball and Saqib Mahmood
Pakistan Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Sohail, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz/Haris Rauf
Match: England vs Pakistan, 1st ODI
Date and Time: 8th July 2021, at 5:30 PM IST
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
The batsmen will look to make full use of the conditions early on, with there being little swing on offer. However, the spinners could play a major role in the middle overs, especially with the pitch getting slower as the match progresses.
Note: Team will be updated after toss
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the information mentioned, and make your own decision.
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