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World Cup 2019, Match 6- ENG Vs PAK, Preview: Ecstatic Hosts Look To Ride On The Winning Momentum Against Struggling Pakistan

After the intruding game between South Africa and Bangladesh, the World Cup 2019 extravaganza has rejuvenated the cricketing world as finally the run-flowing has begun. It is now time to shift the focus on the sixth match of the tournament, wherein hosts and favourites, England will be locking horns with Pakistan at Trent Bride, Nottingham on June 3 (Monday). Hosts England have already started their quest for the maiden title in a stylish manner by defeating South Africa convincingly in the tournament opener. On the other hand, Pakistan will be hoping to leave behind the murmurs of the crushing loss to the Windies team and get their campaign back into winning ways.

For England, everything is just falling into place perfectly. They had a tough game against South Africa, although the scorecard might suggest they ran away with the result. They showed great character and ensured their opponents came nowhere close and this makes things very difficult for their other opponents who are watching them play from their hotels. Unlike most of the other games this tournament, this match could be a high-scoring one.

The same track which helped England break the world record of 481 runs last year will be used for this game. Hence, the English batsmen will be licking their lips. They have been extremely dominative in recent past and will be looking forward to handing the side over with a massive win. For this encounter, England might not prefer to make any amends to their eleven.

With their depressing loss to the Windies, Pakistan remained without a win in 12 games, which is the longest in their ODI history. Their unapologetic run is just getting out of hand and is also not helping to win their fans’ trust back. To add insult to injury, they are up against the hosts England, who have been in very contrasting form off-late.

Beating the tournament favourites won’t be easy at all. The Pakistani batsmen need to take the onus upon themselves and bring out a better performance. Both these sides played a 5-match ODI series leading up to the World Cup, where England comfortably won the series 4-0 with one game getting washed out. There were moments where Pakistan’s batting unit almost got them close to the hosts, but they never could.

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England’s likely Playing XI

After recording a sensational performance in the opening game, the English team management has no major reasons to tinker with the winning combination. Thus, the explosive pair of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy will be opening the innings for England. Joe Root will once again be the key as he will have to play the leading role in this batting department at number three. He will be accompanied by the English skipper Eoin Morgan coming in at four. The batting positions of the likes of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali will be decided in accordance with the situation of the game.

The duo comprising of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid will shoulder the responsibilities of the spin bowling department. The in-form Jofra Archer will lead the pace bowling attack along with the likes of Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett and Stokes providing some vital assistance as well.

Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer.

Pakistan’s likely Playing XI

The duo of Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman will open the batting for Pakistan and they will be expected to provide their team with a great start this time. Babar Azam will take up the crucial number three slot. Haris Sohail failed to contribute with a significant knock in the last game and he will have to make way for the experienced Shoaib Malik.  The pair of Mohammad Hafeez and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed will also be expected to bring out their best game.

Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan will continue to be the leading spinners in the playing eleven. The trio of Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali will form part of the fast bowling attack.

Probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.