Pakistan’s miserable performance against England have left them red-faced. Even the Pakistan fans are trolling them on social media by asking England to rest their key players and test their bench strength. Given the circumstances, this will go down as one of the most humiliating series losses for Pakistan. England bowling has left Pakistan’s batting in shambles. Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, all are established batsmen but have looked completely off-colour in the two matches.
Pakistan are likely to make few changes for the final ODI. Imam ul Haq might make way for Abdullah Shafiq. Shadab Khan is another player that might miss out. He plays as an all-rounder but neither his batting nor bowling has been up to the mark. Usman Qadir is likely to replace him. Faheem Ashraf could also be dropped for Agha Salman to boost the depth of the team. Pakistan depend a lot on Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan and the duo needs to score runs if Pakistan have to stand a chance. The bowling is good enough to trouble the opposition but the onus will be on the batsmen to deliver.
For England, they have been sensational. Their batting is still pretty vulnerable but the bowlers have been top class. Also, Ben Stokes have been very aggressive as a skipper and must be appreciated for his proactive captaincy. With series already in the pocket, England too could make a few changes in the team. Will Jacks and Daniel Lawrence could get a chance. There might be odd changes in the bowling lineup as well.
Birmingham offers excellent cricket wickets with something in it for both batsmen and the bowlers. The first hour with the new ball will be crucial for both teams.
Match –England vs Pakistan – 3rd ODI
Venue – Edgbaston, Birmingham
Time – 05:30 PM IST
Where to watch live – Sony Six and Sony Six HD
Philip Salt, Dawid Malan/ Will Jacks, Zak Crawley, James Vince, Ben Stokes (c), John Simpson (wk), Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Brydon Carse, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson
Imam-ul-Haq/Abdullah Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Sohaib Maqsood, Shadab Khan/Usman Qadir, Faheem Ashraf/Agha Salman, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf