Date & Time: Saturday, June 29, 15:00 IST
Venue: Headingley, Leeds, England
Pakistan peaking at the right time of the tournament!
Pakistan has gained the much needed momentum in the business end of the tournament after defeating South Africa and New Zealand in consecutive games. If they win their games against Afghanistan and Bangladesh and if England loses one of their remaining 2 matches (against India or New Zealand) then Pakistan will qualify for the semifinals. Afghanistan meanwhile is down and out of the tournament and they have been hit by another off-field issue as Aftam Alam was sent back home under ‘exceptional circumstances’.
Pakistan is unlikely to alter their winning combination. Afghanistan is still making those unexpected changes to their line ups even after 7 matches into the tournament.
Headingley, Leeds has been traditionally a high scoring venue but the last match here was a slow and a low scoring wicket. With the sun expected to be out throughout the day, another difficult day is in store for batsmen.
The 24-year old Babar Azam has been the talk of the town in the last week after a couple of impressive outings in the ICC World Cup 2019. He is the highest run scorer for Pakistan in this tournament with 333 runs in six matches at an average of 66.6.
Haris Sohail has played two match winning knocks ever since he was drafted into the playing XI after missing out a few games. The elegance, effortlessness and his timing have been impeccable throughout his innings. He has scored 234 runs in six innings in England at an average of 46.80 and a strike rate of 106.36
Mohammad Amir had a lot of ups and downs in his cricketing career but certainly not in this year’s ICC World Cup. He has gone from strength to strength with every game and is currently the joint 2nd highest wicket taker in the tournament. In the six innings he has bowled in this tournament, he has picked up 16 wickets at an average of 17.88 and strike rate of 21.