ENG vs PAK: England and Pakistan will be squaring off for the first game of the three-match ODI series at the Sophia Gardens. England have played like certified World Champions in recent times, as they pummeled Sri Lanka 3-0 in the T20I as well as ODI series. However, with some of the first team players unavailable for the series ahead, visitors Pakistan could take advantage given some of the star players they have in their squad. That being said, we can expect the game to be an open ended affair, and it could turn out to be a real treat for viewers.
The 1st ODI between England and Pakistan will be broadcasted live on the Sony Sports Network. This includes Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD. It can also be streamed live on the Sony LIV App.
The match between England and Pakistan is scheduled to start at 5:30 PM (IST), and will be hosted at the Sophia Gardens.
As of today, England are in at the 3rd spot in the ICC ODI Team Rankings with 116 points. Meanwhile, Pakistan are in at 6thh with 97 points. In spite of the big gap in the rankings, we can expect the ODI series to be a closely contested affair.
England: Zak Crawley, James Vince, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes (C), Daniel Lawrence, Ben Duckett (wk), Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson, Jake Ball, Danny Briggs, John Simpson, Philip Salt, Brydon Carse, Will Jacks, Tom Helm, David Payne.
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (C), Sohaib Maqsood, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Nawaz, Usman Qadir, Agha Salman, Abdullah Shafique.