The last league match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 between Pakistan and Sri Lanka displayed cricket at it’s lowest ebb. It was shear pathetic cricket from both sides.
In the first semifinal, England take on Pakistan on 14 Jun at Cardiff. Pakistan is an unpredictable team and can unsettle any good team on their day. England team is performing at it’s peak level .
Who Will Win? Just wait and watch.
Well knit, motivated team with all players performing to their potential. Strong openers, top order and middle order. All rounders are delivering with bat and bowl. Top class fielding side. Excellent pace and spin attack. A Hales/J Root will score a century. Other batsmen will score 60 runs. J Bairstow, J Butler, E Morgan will get past 40 runs each. B Stokes will get about 30 runs. M Ali will add some runs. Wkt takers- L Plunkett (already taken 8 wkts), J Ball (3 wkts), M Wood( 5 wkts), A Rashid (6 wkts). Capability- 330 runs.
Average team with sound openers but weak top and middle order. The Middle order and tail just crumbles. Poor fielding side. Lack aggression in batting- timid approach. Good bowling side- pace and spin. No all rounder is performing. A Ali, F Zaman will be out cheaply adding about 30 and 10 runs each. B Azam, S Malik will get past 40 runs each. M Hafeez may score around 60 runs. S Ahmed, I Wasim will add around 25 runs each. M Amir is merely an economical bowler. Wkt takers- Junaid Khan (already 5 wkts), H Ali (7 wkts), Shadab Khan (1 wkt). Capability- 225 runs.
England has beaten Pak 4-1 in 5 match ODI series at home in 2016. England is much stronger in batting, bowling and fielding. Pak all rounders are weaker. Likely to be a one sided game.
Likely Winner- England
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