England vs Pakistan 2nd ODI 2021 is suddenly a must-win match for Pakistan. England won the first ODI against Pakistan very easily. This despite the fact that England was playing with its third string of players. Any doubts that anyone may have had about the quality of the England team would have disappeared.
Pakistani fans need not worry just yet. A lot of Asian teams take time to get used to the conditions and they have not played a single first-class match in the lead up to this series. The loss in the first match will shake the Pakistani management into making some changes and possibly getting a better team on to the park in this match.
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England vs Pakistan 2nd ODI 2021
Teams’ strengths & weaknesses
England looks to have put together a strong bowling lineup on the evidence of the first match. They rolled over Pakistan cheaply and then knocked off the runs in a jiffy. England's fast-bowling is very strong in home conditions and it is going to continue to challenge Pakistan. The weakness has to be the inexperience in the team. England may have won the first match but its players are yet to be tested under pressure. Every game is not going to be so easy and how these players react when pushed has yet to be seen.
Pakistan's batting is always something that holds it back. This time, a lot of talk was about the experienced Pakistani batting dominating the young English attack but that did not happen. Only a couple of players in the team seem to be sure of their role and the manner in which they are expected to play. This is a big weakness and one that has to be rectified quickly. The strength is its bowling. Pakistan did not have enough runs to defend in the previous match and that can cause the bowling to look in effective. This can change around pretty quickly.
Players in form
Dawid Malan scored runs freely with at the top of the order and he is the kind of player that can make the most of his form. It was just a couple of matches ago when his place in the England team was being questioned. Now, he has played two significant innings in his previous two ODI innings and he will be looking to continue scoring runs at all costs.
Saqib Mehmodd is just outside the radar of the England selectors when it comes to national team selection. He picked up four wickets in the opening match to once again get in the conversation. A strong PSL and now a good start to the series makes him a player in form as well.
Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman scored runs in the opening match and looked easily the best of all the batsmen. He has a very good record playing in England and can be deadly dangerous when he gets set.
There is some rain predicted on the day of the match. We could have some delays or even a wash-out if the conditions worsen.
- England's Ben Stokes has played more than four times the number of matches as the rest of his team combined
- Saqib Mahmood recorded his best-ever ODI figures for England in the previous match
- Phil Salt is a member of the Lahore Qalandars franchise and well-versed with the Pakistani bowling
Pakistan is a team that can bounce from the ridiculous to the extraordinary in the span of a few days. It could easily make a comeback in the series and play up to its billing. With experience in the batting and an excellent bowling attack, it should be able to stay alive in the series. England vs Pakistan 2nd ODI 2021 could be very exciting indeed.
Winner: Pakistan (2.02)