England vs Pakistan 3rd ODI 2021 is about to be played and Pakistan is trailing by 2-0. There is no option for Pakistan but to make some changes in its team since it has been under tremendous pressure by the media/experts/former players/fans. England has shown the kind of depth that other teams can only dream of. They have been able to win this series without any of their major players present. Pakistan has been embarrassed so far in this series and that is not going to down well with the Pakistani team management.
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England vs Pakistan 3rd ODI 2021
Teams’ strengths & weaknesses
England has shown that its bowling is very strong even without the leading bowlers taking part. All of the players that have been given a chance have been able to keep the Pakistani batsmen quiet. The movement and control that England's bowlers have been able to get have not been achieved by the Pakistani bowlers.
England's weakness is its inexperience. Two wins in two matches are excellent but the team has still not shown how it will react to being put under pressure. That is something that is bound to happen sooner rather than later.
Pakistan's biggest strength was supposed to be its bowling but a couple of its senior bowlers have lost form. Haris Rauf and Faheem Ashraf have not been able to get the kind of wickets that was expected from them. Pakistan does have some exciting alternatives in its squad and someone like Mohammad Hasnain or Usman Qadir could easily get a chance in this final match.
Pakistan's biggest weakness is the slow strike rate at which its batsmen play. Close to 60% of the balls that they faced in the previous match were not scored off. That is not acceptable in cricket anymore and Pakistan has to find a way to be able to change that.
Players in form
Any player that you pick out from the England team is in good form but the most impactful performances have been given by Saqib Mahmood so far. He is the leading wicket-taker in the series and seems to have a hold over Babar Azam. Phil Salt also showed his class with 60 in the previous inning. He is not a player to be taken lightly and has played a big role in the PSL as well for the Lahore Qalandars.
Pakistan has one player in better form than all others combined! Hasan Ali picked up five wickets in the previous match and gave his team a real chance of winning. He also managed to smash sixes late in the order, something that the top order has not been able to do so far. His fearless way of playing is something that the Pakistanis need to adopt a lot more.
There is only a slight chance of rain for the final ODI. The sun is shining in Edgbaston and that will hopefully remain the case on match day as well.
- No player from any team has scored a century in the series so far
- The top-3 six-hitters in this series are all Pakistani but their team has yet to win a single match
- Hasan Ali is the only Pakistani cricket to feature in the top-5 wicket-takers for this series
Pakistan is down but it is not out. The team always tends to surprise when you expect it the least and that could happen in this match as well. Pakistan's bowling is dangerous and the batting is not as bad as it appears right now. England's inexperienced side could crumble when put under pressure. England vs Pakistan 3rd ODI 2021 could go the way of the visitors.
Winner: Pakistan (2.05)