The daily tournament preview charges down the wicket with Cricket World Cup tips for England’s second assignment against struggling Pakistan.
19:30 (AEST), Mon 3rd Jun @ Trent Bridge, Nottingham
History: Played 87: England 53 V Pakistan 31 (3 No Results)
Last meeting: May 19, 2019: England d Paksitan by 54 runs at Headingley
Final Thoughts: Hosts England underlined their Cricket World Cup favouritism with a convincing tournament-opening win. Next they face a Pakistan side aiming to respond to a pitiful first-up defeat.
England stormed to a 104-run victory in a day one blockbuster against South Africa. Explosive all-rounder Ben Stokes took man-of-the-match honours, top-scoring with 89 off 79 balls in England’s total of 8/311 then taking 2/12 as South Africa were skittled for 207.
Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy also made half-centuries, while Jofra Archer (3/27) was excellent with the ball.
Pakistan crumbled to a disturbing seven-wicket loss to West Indies on the Cricket World Cup’s second day.
They were bowled out for 105 in just the 22nd over. No Pakistan batsman managed more than 22. The bowling performance of Mohammad Amir (3/26) provided a faint silver lining.
England have won 16 of their last 19 one-day internationals against Pakistan. They powered to a 4-0 series victory last month (the first match was washed out), with Jason Roy (277 runs at 92.33) and Jonny Bairstow (211 runs at 70.33) dominant in just three innings.
England have also won four of their last five against Pakistan at Trent Bridge.
Pakistan’s struggles against the Windies’ pace bowlers will likely see Mark Wood come into the England line-up. Archer should also have another field day for England, who are hot $1.24 favourites.