England and Pakistan tackle each other in the second ODI on Saturday at Lord’s. Pakistan loses the first one-day international against an English team that is almost a second string. They were completely played out in the match, as England first dominated with the ball and then came up with a professional chase to win the match in 20 overs. The second ODI thus becomes a must-win for the Men in Green. if they win the match, the deciding player will be played on 13 July in Birmingham.
The ODI series is part of the ICC Super League for World Cup Cricket Men, which remains the qualification scenario for the 2023 World Cup. England tops the standings with 75 points, while Pakistan has dropped to fourth place with 40 points.
England vs Pakistan 2021, 2nd ODI: Match preview
The ECB announced a group of 18 members just two days before the first ODI against Pakistan. They beat their opponents comprehensively and took their winning streak against the Men in Green to five wins in their last six games. Ben Stokes led his team beautifully as skipper.
Saqib Mahmood takes four wickets in the first ODI and becomes the Man of the match. David Malan and Zack Crawley selected an unbeaten stand of 120 tons to win the match. Crawley scored an unbeaten 58 in the process. In the second one-day match, Stokes ideally wants his players to repeat their performance.
Ben Stokes, Jake Ball, Danny Briggs, Brydon Carse, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Lewis Gregory, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Daniel Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, David Malan, Craig Overton, Matt Parkinson, David Payne, Phil Salt, John Simpson , James Vince
Pakistan must win the second ODI to keep the series alive and avoid a series defeat. There were many conversations about Pakistan’s lead in the series with all the senior English players not available. However, they now find their backs against the wall and play catch up in the series.
Their bet was badly damaged before a disciplined bowling attempt in England. Babar Azam scored a duck in the first ODI, just like Imam- Ul-Haq. They have to come up with a lot better batting performance to give their team something to bowl with.
Shaheen Afridi took the only wicket that fell for England when they chased the score in the 22nd over. The Pakistani team did not find the right balance between bat and ball to win the match and take the series to a decisive place.
Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Sohail, Agha Salman, Saud Shakeel, Usman Qadir, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wmed), Sarfaraz , Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi