4th ODI: England vs Pakistan: Ready for Runs Galore!

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The 2019 ICC World Cup is almost here and all eyes are on this ODI series, as two of the front runners prepare to meet again in the 4th ODI: England vs Pakistan.

It’s been a fascinating, and entertaining, tussle between two of the higher statesmen of world cricket. After the first game was washed out, both sides have shown clear signs of intent with high scoring encounters in the second and third, both won by England.

And the runs are highly unlikely to slow down at one the best batting tracks in England when the 4th ODI starts at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday. With the hosts two up with two to play Pakistan has to go for it, and that will make for an explosive clash against arguably the best team in the world.

Talking Points

England’s bowling auditions

Fast bowler Jofra Archer has got the pulses racing in cricket pavilions the length and breadth of England and he has seemingly nailed a place in England’s World Cup squad, impressing in his short spell in the first ODI, before it was rained off. He’s making the England vs Pakistan news without even playing, as the other potential members of the hosts’ pace bowling attack are left to battle it out for the other three places.

The 24 year old only had four overs in the opening game, but he bowled with such pace and penetration, reaching 93 mph and conceding just six runs, that he’s made a huge case for his inclusion.

So who else can make the cut? Chris Woakes was the pick of the bowlers in the third ODI in Bristol, taking four wickets, while David Willey who can be one of the best death bowlers in the game, took a hammering, though he did take a stunning caught and bowled to claim his one wicket.

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Chris Woakes in action playing for England against Pakistan in Bristol

Liam Plunkett bowls a heavy ball and is reliable, while Tom Curran provides a youthful challenge for a starting place. Test star Sam’s brother was drafted in for his first game in Bristol and claimed the wicket of Pakistan’s best batsman, Imam-ul-Haq, with a brilliant Yorker, but he too was expensive.

And then there is Mark Wood, the only bowler England has who is quicker than Archer.

England are the favourites to win the ICC World Cup and if they get this decision right then, aligned to the most destructive batting line-up in world cricket, the bowling attack can bowl the Three Lions to success.

The batting line-up picks itself. After hitting a spectacular 50 ball century in the second ODI Jos Buttler took a well earned rest, and left the stage free for Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy to plunder the Pakistan attack in the third. With skipper Eoin Morgan, Joe Root and Moeen Ali all capable of taking a game away from any attack, England certainly has the firepower to triumph in the World Cup.

The world showcase is due to start in two weeks time and we’ll be there with all the latest news, reports and the best odds with us.

Pakistan’s batsmen up their game

While England’s bowlers try to impress their selectors, the Pakistan batting has enjoyed a long awaited evolution, finally showing the dynamism and urgency to win in the 50 over game. 300 isn’t a big enough total to win these days and Pakistan has responded.

In the third ODI the visitors posted a total which required England to record the fifth highest successful run chase in history, as Imam hit a delightful 151 in 97 balls, and was ably backed up by Asif Ali in a stand of 125.

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Imam-ul-Haq has been one of Pakistan’s best batsman

And in the second ODI, in the absence of Archer, Fakhar Zaman hit a superb century to run England close. This has encouraged Pakistan fans, who can’t wait for the World Cup and the chance to meet their old foes India once again. It’s arguably the biggest game in world cricket, always a sell out and a game neither wants to lose.

History

So with two wins from the last two games the Three Lions come into the shoot out at Trent Bridge with the five match series in their grasp, and the balance of head-to-heads is in the hosts’ favour.

England has won 51 of the 84 meetings in the one day format with Pakistan triumphing in 30 and their have been three no results.

Betting Tip

England have been strong in all formats of the game for some time but it is in the 50 over format that the hosts have made the biggest strides over the past three years.

The England vs Pakistan betting odds are weighing heavily in their favour and I just can’t see Morgan’s team letting up as they vie for places in the World Cup starting eleven.

Pakistan at 3.04 might be tempting but I’m going to resist!

Disclaimer: Odds are correct at time of publish.

 

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4th Test: England vs India

So it’s off to Southampton we go for the latest installment in a summer of thrills and spills.

The Fourth Test: England vs India remains in the balance for us followers after the tourists’ thrilling win at Trent Bridge.

From the outset, there has been much focus on the skippers – Joe Root and Virat Kohli.

Then there were talks of a possible England romp.

Now, it’s talk of a potential Indian renaissance.

Talking Points

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Jonny Bairstow to be seen in action again vs England

As far as team news is concerned, England are waiting to see if Jonny Bairstow can recover from a broken finger he sustained in the chastening 203-run Third Test defeat at Trent Bridge.

If the wicketkeeper is not passed fit, chances are the recalled James Vince – who has been in superb form for Hampshire in all forms of the game – will play as a specialist batsman with Jos Butler most likely to keep wicket.

In that match, India needed less than three overs of a fifth morning to wrap up a comprehensive victory.

As a result, the pressure is now on the hosts who know if they lose the current series they will slip to sixth place in the current rankings, one place behind Sri Lanka.

Aside from Bairstow, their main worry surrounds their batting where, despite undeniable talent, the statistics make sorry reading.

Since 2015, England have failed to reach 300 in 35 of their past 65 completed innings.

Their opening partnerships have been largely inconsistent with Alastair Cook, their all-time leading run-scorer, lacking a prolific partner. Cook and Keaton Jennings have actually struggled of late.

It is something they need to put right as soon as possible or they will remain consistently inconsistent.

James Anderson, however, remains a man to go to, and he again showed his pedigree as he claimed four wickets at Trent Bridge. He is indeed now just six wickets short of equalling Glenn McGrath’s record to become the most prolific fast bowler in test history.

Clinical with bat and ball in the first two tests, how England react to their massive third test defeat could well be crucial.

Like Cook for the hosts, India have at times seemed overly reliant on the imperious Kohli. And they will certainly not be complacent on the south coast where they chase a first victory since 2007.

They have recalled Hanuma Vihari and Prithvi Shaw in their 18-man squad for the final two tests, although it is unlikely they will feature straight away.

Targeting the English will be Ishant Sharma – who has claimed 11 wickets in the three matches – and Jasprit Bumrah who notched a match-winning haul of seven wickets in Nottingham.

Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya will also be ones to watch, the former saying he and his team-mates fully intend to target Bairstow’s broken finger if he makes it.

Regardless of whether Bairstow is fit or not, there is an argument Vince should be selected on his home ground anyway as the classy right-hander will relish such a test match.

He made 76 in his last Test match in New Zealand before being, arguably, harshly axed by the selectors, and he could be the surprise quantity in Southampton.

Can England win the day and seal the series or are the rejuvenated tourists now holding the key and the momentum to take it the final test?

We are about to find out!

History

Their third test success was only India’s seventh-ever test triumph in England and their first victory on English soil in 11 matches.

Before then, they had passed 200 just once in their previous nine completed innings.

It remains one of the England vs India highlights thus far and dragged Kohli’s side back into the series after they were steamrollered in the second test when they lost by an inning.

Both teams have met once at the Rose Bowl before in the longest format of the game, and England emerged victorious by 266 runs on that occasion.

What are the odds?

The England vs India betting odds favour the home side, and that is no surprise given they have been the dominant force in this test to date.

Yet India will have gained much confidence from their last outing, and a potentially close encounter is reflected in the odds.

England are priced 1X2 @ 2.00 with India further out @ 2.45. The draw, which would ensure the outcome of the overall test is in the balance until the final test (which is scheduled to begin on September 7 at The Oval), is offered @ 4.20.

Asian Handicap betting also leans towards England who are priced at 0.00 @ 1.65 with India 0.00 @ 2.26.

Disclaimer: Odds are correct at time of publish.

 

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