Date & Time: Friday, May 17, 17:30 IST
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England
The Series is just showcasing what we could expect for the World Cup as runs flowed heavily in both matches. Being 2-0 down after 3 matches, Pakistan would want to keep themselves in the hunt to draw the series level. Their batsmen have surprisingly done well, but it’s their bowlers who have under performed by their standards. On the other hand, England are on a high after their massive chase and will be raring to go out and seal the series today. The other motivation for England to win today would be to test their bench strength in the final ODI.
Jos Buttler is likely to replace Morgan, who was suspended due to slow over rate. Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, James Vince, and Adil Rashid are likely to replace Willey, Woakes, Bairstow and Plunkett. Pakistan might consider bringing in Shoaib Malik or Hafeez in place of Haris Sohail. They might also consider testing Mohammad Hasnain in place of Ashraf.
The surface at Trent Bridge has produced belters where record scores have produced over the past couple of years. On Thursday expect nothing different as the trend at the venue and trend in the series promises the same. Weather-wise there is no chance of rain as a clear sky is in store for the match.
Pakistan’s prolific run scorer in the past few years is yet to make his impact in this series. He is getting good starts but has failed in converting them into a big knock. Today’s match might be the day for him to come up with a big knock with the series on the line for Pakistan. And our experts predict there is every chance he might come up with a big score if he can see off Adil Rashid, who has dismissed him twice in the last 5 encounters.
Returning after an injury, Roy hasn’t shown any signs of rustiness in his performances as he provided good starts for England in this series. There is every chance he will continue the same in Trent Bridge as well, where he scored 83 & 38 in the last two games. His record against Pakistan bowlers is not bad either as he scored 234 runs in the last five encounters against them.
With Morgan being suspended, Buttler holds the key in the middle order for England. His present form might come in handy to produce a captain’s knock. He has an impressive record at the venue in last four matches, as he scored 247 runs which include two 90 plus scores and a half century. So he is a must have a player in all the fantasy cricket teams.
He made the most of the opportunities he was given in this series by playing brisk knocks in the middle order. His power hitting might be the answer for Pakistan’s inability to score big in the final 10 overs. He might be the Dream11 game changer of the match for fantasy cricket players as he is striking at 140 against the English bowlers in this series.