In match number 44 of the World Cup, England will face Pakistan on Saturday at the Eden Gardens. England is having a horrible tournament this time and the Saturday fixture will be the last chance for Pakistan to register their place in the semi-finals.
Defending Champions England is at the bottom of the point table with a single win and a net run rate of -1.504.
Eden Gardens is known for a batting paradise and we can expect quite a few runs on this ground.
The betting tip is...
Total match score to be over 500
A tournament to forget for England, the World Cup 2023 has turned out to be a nightmare for the team. It is a shocking scenario for the team with just one win. England has some of the best players in the squad and even then they have turned out to be a huge disappointment.
Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, and Joe Root will be expected to open the game on the batting front for the team. The trio has been inconsistent and has been a complete failure for the team. Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler. Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone will add depth to the batting lineup in the middle order.
The bowling will be led by Chris Woakes and Mark Wood. Adil Rashid will be assigned to do the damage with his spin variations. Except for Chris Woakes, no other bowler had a successful run in the team.
Chirs Woakes and David Willey will be expected to do some early damage to the opposition.
Predicted Lineup: Jos Buttler (c & wk), Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Pakistan’s performance got derailed in the middle of the tournament and the result is that they are still not sure of their place in the semi-finals. A win against New Zealand in the previous fixture will be a major boost to the confidence of the team.
However, the bowling attack was a failure as the bowlers displayed higher economy and gave away loose runs. Mohammad Wasim Jr. picked up 3 wickets at an economy of 6. Hasan Ali, Ifthikar Ahmed, and Harsi Rauf scalped a single wicket each.
On the batting front, a partnership between Fakhar Zaman (126 off 81) and skipper Babar Azam (66 off 63) was a treat to watch. They kept the run rate on a higher side before the rain started. According to the DLS method, men in green scored a win over the Kiwis.
Skipper Babar Azam will be using the same combination of players against England.
Predicted Lineup: Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr
England is going through a tough time in the ongoing tournament. Some of the best players in the squad have failed to perform for the team.
Pakistan, on the other hand, has won two consecutive matches and they are motivated to reach the semi-final stage. We predict a win for Pakistan on Saturday against England.