Date & Time: Tuesday, May 14, 17:30 IST
Venue: County Ground, Bristol, England
For both the teams, this series is about finding the ideal combination and personnel, ahead of all the important World Cup matches. In that regard, both the teams definitely look for an improved bowling performance in Bristol after a mega run-fest in Ages Bowl. Other than that, Pakistan wants some of their batsmen to score at a brisk pace and for England, it’s about continuing the winning momentum.
England is likely to rest Jos Buttler for the game and Adil Rashid has not traveled with the squad to Bristol. So the two spots will be filled by either James Vince, Joe Denly and/or Tom Curran. On the other hand, Pakistan is likely to drop Yasir Shah after his expensive spell in Ages Bowl and are likely to bring in Junaid Khan.
The surface in Bristol is historically known to aid spinners a bit more than other surfaces in the country, but it is the pace which will have more impact at the end of the day. Coming to the batsmen point of view, the average score at this venue in this seasons’ Royal London Cup has been around 270, but the last one of those games had a score of 331.
When he is in form, he usually makes it count by scoring back to back big knocks. Now, he has started off the series well and there is every chance that he will make it count. His record in England is good. He has announced himself to world cricket during the Champions Trophy 2017. He is a game changer and must-have in all the fantasy cricket teams.
With Jofra Archer riding high in the wings, Plunkett needs to bring his A game in the limited matches before the World Cup to make a spot of his own in the team. A good performance in Bristol might make things clear for Plunkett in this regard. There is a strong possibility of a good show in Bristol as he has picked 8 wickets in last 4 games, including a five-for in the last game here.
The Pakistan side’s best bowler in the last couple of years hasn’t been able to deliver the kind of performances we expect of him. It’s time for him to come back to his best with the World Cup looming. His good record against the English batsmen might come in handy in that regard. He has a strike of 27 against them and he got the better of Stokes thrice, Root & Roy twice each in the last five encounters. Hence, our Dream11 expert prediction is that he is a must have bowler in all the fantasy cricket teams.
England team’s Mr.Consistent has started the series well with a handy contribution in the Ages Bowl match. He would want to make it big this time around in Bristol, where he has a good record in the last 2 games (scores of 49 & 84). If he has to continue the good form he has to play safe against Hasan Ali, who dismissed him twice in the last 5 encounters.