After whitewashing Sri Lanka in the previous series, England will now face a more difficult task in a three-match ODI series against Pakistan. In the absence of regular skipper Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes will head the new-look English squad.
A whirlwind. Now we play! 🏏
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 8, 2021
The first ODI match of the series will be played today at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Pakistan has a perfect record in ODIs in Cardiff, having never lost a match there. They have played three ODI games at this venue so far, two of which they have won and one of which has resulted in a draw due to rain.
Babar Azam’s team will hope to build on their recent success at Sophia Gardens and play well in the opening ODI. Given the absence of numerous key England players, Pakistan will begin the series as the favorites to win.
Pakistan beat England in the semi-finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy in Cardiff
The Pakistani team’s last ODI match took place on June 14, 2017 at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The semi-final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy was crucial. In this high-octane match, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s troops faced battle against the English team.
Pakistan’s captain won the coin toss and chose to bat first. All of the other English top-order batsmen, with the exception of opener Alex Hales (13), got off to promising starts but failed to convert them into large scores. Jonny Bairstow (43) and Joe Root (46) were on the verge of reaching the half-century mark.
Eoin Morgan (33) and Ben Stokes (34) in the middle order were both bowled by Hasan Ali. The couple attempted to dig in and play in accordance with the circumstances, but they left in the 30s. The English team eventually reached a modest total of 211 before being all-out with one ball remaining in the innings.
Hasan Ali (3/35) was Pakistan’s wreaker-in-chief, bowling brilliantly in the middle overs to keep the big-hitting England batsmen at bay. In the bowling department, Junaid Khan (2/42) and Rumman Raees (2/44) also made valuable contributions.
This Day 2017 PAK Thrashed the Host ENG at Cardiff. b/w Hasan Ali & Junaid Khan ( 77/5 in 18.5 ) Both Bowled 65 Dot Balls & They Kept on Putting Pressure. In Chasing Azhar & Fakhar were Brilliant with that 118 Runs Stand & then Hafeez/Babar Finished well 🔐❤ @MHafeez22 pic.twitter.com/w6BRpq6N5B
— ︋︋︋︋𝕨𝕒𝕤𝕖𝕖𝕞 𝕙𝕒𝕗𝕖𝕖𝕫8⃣ (@Whafeez22) June 14, 2020
Pakistan got off to a fantastic start in the chase because to Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57). The pair put on a 118-run first-wicket stand, Pakistan’s second-highest opening partnership in Champions Trophy history. In the 21st over, Adil Rashid broke the stand by dismissing Fakhar Zaman. Soon after, Azhar Ali, who had been removed by Jake Ball, joined his opening partner and arrived to the pavilion.
Pakistan won the game with eight wickets in hand after completing the chase in 37.1 overs. Babar Azam (38*) and Mohammad Hafeez (31*) were undefeated and completed Pakistan’s formalities. Hasan Ali rightly won Player of the Match for his outstanding performance on the field.
White ball classics past & present! 🏏💥
🏴 #ENGvPAK 🇵🇰
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 7, 2021