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.


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!

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ODI is a Different Ball Game!

South Africa vs Pakistan

So the hosts have won the three-match test series with a clean sweep.

Now it’s time for the one-day international meetings, affectionately called ODI.

Five meetings over 12 days for us cricket lovers to enjoy, and a chance for Pakistan to restore some pride.

Starting in Port Elizabeth and moving onto Durban, Centurion, Johannesburg and Cape Town, the onus is certainly on the visitors.

Talking Points

South Africa won the tests by six wickets, nine wickets and 107 runs respectively but anyone who watches ODI 2019 highlights will tell you it’s a different game again.

The fact that the Proteas completed a 3-0 whitewash is no guarantee of success.

They may have shone in this format, too, in recent months, but there will be no room for complacency when they square off.

The series affords both sides a chance to fine-tune their preparations for the World Cup, which starts a little over four months’ time in England.

The home favourites have two uncapped players in Rassie van der Dussen and Duanne Olivier – the latter was Pakistan’s chief tormentor in the Test series – and there is no doubt his exploits will have placed him on the selectors’ radar for a spot in the World Cup.

With Dale Steyn rested for the first two matches along with Quinton de Kock, there is a late call-up for opening batsman Aiden Markram, again showing the strength at the host’s disposal.

Captain Faf du Plessis will also return after missing the Third Test through suspension so he should be well rested coming into this series.

After such a torrid time of it so far, the key question is can Pakistan be optimistic in the 50-overs game where fast short-pitched bowling will likely not be a decisive factor, particularly not at the usually slow Port Elizabeth pitch?

According to their coach Mickey Arthur, Pakistan are a better white-ball team than they are a test unit right now and will be pinning more hopes on their batting line-up.

Mohammad Hafeez is the current favourites in ODI 2019 Odds for Pakistani ranks

Mohammad Hafeez is considered invaluable for Pakistan

That largely faltered in the longest format, so the experience of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez – who retired from test cricket at the end of last year – likely to prove invaluable in a more than capable attack in which spinners Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim could play key roles.

The likes of Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman, the aggressive left-handed opening batsman who has hit 1275 runs at an average of 57.95 in one-day internationals, also provide a different kind of threat in the abbreviated versions of the game.

Remember, there are also T20 meetings to follow in February.

Pakistan have shown their ability in one-day cricket, notably when they won the Champions Trophy in England in 2017. Since the start of that tournament, during which they beat South Africa in a rain-shortened match, they have compiled a 17-10 winning record.

They can’t be ruled out, even if it is South Africa who are clearly in the position of strength.


South Africa have the edge, historically, in their one-day international meetings. They have a total of 47 triumphs compared to Pakistan’s 25 successes.

However, the last time they met in this format 18 months ago, Pakistan recorded victory.

That was in the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston when they won by 19 runs using the D/L method.

Pakistan went on to win the tournament final against India who had also defeated South Africa at the group stage.

Betting Tip

South Africa vs Pakistan Pakistan Draw Asian Handicap 0.00 @ 2.66
January 19 (19:00 GMT+8)

Pakistan may well be helped by the fact they will have some fresh but experienced blood coming into the team unaffected by the heavy Test series loss.

However, those players will take time to adjust to conditions, and the hosts have to be favoured once again to get the victory.

Hashim Amla and De Kock (although due to be rested) are both priced @ 3.50 in ODI 2019 odds to be the leading scoring batsmen for South Africa.

Meanwhile, it’s Azam and Hafeez, both @ 4.50, who are favourites in the Pakistani ranks.

You can, incidentally, get odds of @ 6.00 for any other batsmen on both sides (other than those listed).

South Africa are clear favourites with 2019 one-day international betting odds Asian Handicap 0.00 @ 1.46.

So why, you may ask, is my ?????? tip to favour the visitors Asian Handicap 0.00 @ 2.66.

It’s because they are hurting and will be determined to bounce back as quickly as possible.

While South Africa may be well ahead in the world test rankings, they are only a place above Pakistan in the one-day standings.

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Asia Cup 2018: India Have a Point to Prove

ODI: India vs Pakistan

When you analyse India’s overseas performance over the summer, it makes for far from ideal reading.

They suffered a 2-1 defeat in the one-day international matches followed by an embarrassing 4-1 test drubbing at the hands of England. Yet, there is little time for players to reflect on their miserable summer.

us cricket followers will tell you, however, that they remain the world’s number one test team, the second-best in the ODI rankings and second also in the T20 table.

Form is temporary, class is permanent.

Talking Points

It’s time for the Asia Cup 2018 and a meeting with arch-rivals Pakistan, who fared rather better against England earlier this year than India.

Indeed, this meeting in the United Arab Emirates could provide one of the Asia Cup 2018 highlights.

India have enjoyed much success in this competition to date—six triumphs compared to Pakistan’s two—yet it’s reported the side has received a wake-up call after a largely lacklustre showing with the bat on English soil.

Asian supremacy means so much to both nations, arguably even more so now that there is degrading relations between the two neighbouring countries.

With skipper Virat Kohli absent (due to excess workload) and Rohit Sharma filling in, opposing captain Sarfraz Ahmed will look to take advantage in Dubai where it is believed Pakistan could have an advantage in adapting to the conditions (the nation plays many of its games there).

Pakistan’s Babar Azam ready to surpass the records of India skipper Virat Kohli  in the Asia Cup 2018

Pakistan’s Babar Azam in action during their one day international cricket match of Asia Cup 2018 against Hong Kong

One extra incentive for Pakistan will be that Babar Azam has the perfect chance to surpass Kohli in the ODI rankings where he trails his rival by 84 points.

With Kohli missing matches, much to the chagrin of one of the tournament broadcasters, he will also be deducted around 4.5 points per game so Azam and India’s nemesis have a golden opportunity.

The fact remains that Kohli is probably the biggest draw in world cricket right now, and he needs to be rested after that 84-day tour of England where he emerged as top run-getter with 593 runs in five tests.

After the host broadcaster expressed displeasure, stating how Kohli’s absence will impact the financial aspect of the coverage, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has firmly told them their focus is to select the team and no outside interference will be allowed.

So who to watch out for?

In Mohammad Aamir, Pakistan have a world-class fast bowler; in Fakhar Zaman, a prolific opener; and in Hasan Ali, a solid all-rounder. Meanwhile, Azam and Haris Sohail need little introduction with the bat.

For India, this is a big tournament for the likes of Manish Pandey, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Shardul Thakur and Khaleel Ahmed, especially with one eye on next year’s World Cup.

Pakistan warmed up and established themselves as Asia Cup 2018 betting favourites by easing to victory over Hong Kong—who India meet 24 hours before this potentially high-voltage clash.

The 15-day tournament runs until September 28, but this may well be not the only meeting between these nations in this tournament.


This is their first encounter for 15 months when Pakistan inflicted an embarrassing 180-run defeat in the Champions Trophy Final at the Oval.

India will still be smarting about that. It was the largest winning margin between the countries in this form of cricket.

In this competition, their contests date back to 1984, the first year in which India won the tournament—success they matched in 1988, 1990/91, 1995 and 2010.

India and Pakistan have produced some crackers in their 11 meetings to date, with the former winning six times and Pakistan five.

Overall, Pakistan have the edge with 73 victories to India’s 52 in their 152 ODI encounters. Four have been tied.

A five-wicket victory for India in 2016 was one of the most notable recent encounters, as was Pakistan’s one-wicket win in 2014 when Shahid Afridi’s two sixes took them to a famous win.




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Now Pakistan’s Brave Young Guns are After More Blood!

2nd Test: England vs Pakistan

Pakistan head to Yorkshire on Friday with a chance to complete a stunning series wins in England after a devastating performance in the first test at Lords.

The tourists, under the command of wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, made a sensational start at the Headquarters, blowing England’s batting order away twice to win by nine wickets. Then Pakistan batted calmly and fielded superbly to complete their victory at a canter, giving England skipper Joe Root plenty to think about.

The bookies odds favoured England strongly at Lords, and still do for the upcoming decider at Headingly, where the top betting tips expect the Three Lions to lick their wounds and come out fighting.

Talking Points

There has been plenty of talk and gnashing of teeth in England’s ranks around the spineless way the hosts collapsed in the opening test, but there has been no knee-jerk reaction from the selectors. Opening batsman Keaton Jennings has been drafted in to replace Mark Stoneman in England’s only change to the losing team.

Jennings is in fine early season form, already scoring three tons for his new county, Lancashire, while Stoneman managed to muster only 13 runs in his two innings at Lords. So Jennings returns for his first appearance since last August, in a victory over South Africa. And it’s the 25-year-old’s steely concentration that is much needed at the top of England’s order; he scored an impressive century against India on debut in 2016.

England are still looking for an opening partner for Alastair Cook since the retirement of Andrew Strauss and this could be Jennings’ best chance to stake his claim.

With the exception of the hapless Stoneman and Dawid Malan, all England’s batsmen made a start at Lords. Root and Cook both scoring well and, to be fair to Malan, the Middlesex skipper deserves another chance after performing soundly on the difficult winter tour of Australia and New Zealand.

And the seventh wicket century partnership of Jos Buttler and debutant Dom Bess  was real cause for optimism. Both hit well-constructed fifties in a stand which saved England from total humiliation. But the hosts showed, in both innings, that they can throw in a batting collapse which could ultimately drive the Barmy Army insane. England lost five for 16 in the first inning and four for six in the second!

Pakistan's Mohammad Amir with how his side are the top betting tips favourites

Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir celebrates after England’s David Malan was out caught by Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed

England’s toils were also great credit to an inexperienced Pakistan attack, spearheaded by Mohammad Amir. They bowled a superb line and length, not trying to do anything too spectacular, and using the English conditions far better than their hosts. Hasan Ali and Mohammad Abbas took four wickets each in the first innings as England was skittled for a paltry 184 The lively Abbas made it eight for the match while Amir picked up four in the second innings. You would have had to scour the betting sites to get odds on such a comfortable win.

It was a disciplined and well-coordinated attack, something which the England bowlers need to learn from, and quickly. In contrast, England’s bowling was largely toothless, with the exception of a hostile spell from Ben Stokes in Pakistan’s first innings to take three wickets and injure Babar Azam with a brute of a delivery. Azam was going along nicely on 68 before retiring hurt.

At Lords, we saw all the failings that have seen England slide to fifth in the ICC test rankings with dropped catches to add to the woes of poor bowling and batting collapses. But there’s plenty for England fans to be hopeful about, with a middle order as destructive as any in the world. If Jonny Bairstow, Stokes and Buttler get firing then there will be an almighty explosion.

And Dom Bess can head to Yorkshire with his head held high. It was his batting in the first test which has given him the confidence to succeed despite ending the game wicketless. He needs to show that he can hold his place down as England’s first-choice spinner.


England's Dom Bess hopes he can cement his England place following a disappointing Test 1

England’s Dom Bess looks up after being clean bowled by Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir during the first test cricket match

It’s only two years since the two teams last met in the UK, and the Three Lions roared to draw the series against Pakistan after defeat at Lords in 2016.

The Three Lions haven’t lost a series at home in four years so defeat at Headingley is unthinkable, but Pakistan have the momentum and it will take a tough reply from Root and his team to stop them.

What are the Odds?

England has the talent for sure, and the smart betting advice must still be a win at Headingly to square the series.

Indeed, Asian Handicap has the hosts priced at 1.50 with Pakistan at 4.00 and the draw at 4.80.

Being highly fancied in both the One Day and T20 World Cups is worth noting of course – Asian Handicap has England 0.00 @ 1.28 with the tourists 0.00 @ 3.50.



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My Betting Advice is…back the Three Lions!

1st Test: England vs Pakistan

England take on Pakistan in the first of a two-match test series, beginning at the headquarters of cricket on Thursday.

As pleasant weather sweeps through the United Kingdom, Three Lions supporters will be hoping for a lovely five days watching Joe Root and his team return to winning ways after a difficult tour of Australia and New Zealand.

You should always beware of betting advice from a fan, but England fares much better on home soil and, against a Pakistan side short of experience in the British climate, will start as clear favourites to win. And, of course, you can get the best odds with us, while you pull up a chair and enjoy the battle.

Talking Points

After a losing winter run, England have dropped to fifth in the ICC Test rankings, just two places above Pakistan, and so will be keen to get back on track, as the firepower at their disposal suggests they should. The Three Lions have big hitters in every discipline, with batsman Joe Root, bowler James Anderson and all-rounder Ben Stokes all in the top five of the ICC player rankings.

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Joe Root and rest of England team set to face Pakistan in a Test Series

And when it comes to hitting, they don’t get much bigger than one day specialist Jos Buttler, who has been recalled to the test team, backed by new selector Ed Smith who insists the Lancashire man is a unique batting talent. Who would argue with him after the attacking batsman has taken the IPL by storm with his spectacular and innovative range of shots? Last week he smashed 28 in an over, four fours and two sixes off seamer Shimam Mavi, batting for Rajasthan Royals. And that was after equalling Virender Sehwag’s record of five consecutive fifties in the competition.

But England desperately need a lift in the five day game, thrashed in the Ashes and failing to win a test in New Zealand over the winter tour. Middlesex skipper Dawid Malan had a decent tour, averaging 35, while Jonny Bairstow also did okay and could find himself moving up the order to five, at the start of a potentially destructive middle order with Ben Stokes and Buttler to follow.

And there’s excitement down in Somerset at the call-up of uncapped off-spinner Dominic Bess. It could be a big summer for the young West Country star as England continues its search for a world class slow bowler.

Both teams have changed captain since they last met in 2016, with Root taking over from Alastair Cook, the latter hoping to rediscover his prolific run-scoring. Misbah-ul-Haq has retired, leaving the tourists under the command of wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed.

Pakistan survived a bit of a scare recently in beating test debutants Ireland by just five wickets, and that won’t do much to cheer their fans. Strike bowler Mohammed Amir can turn a match single handed when he’s at his best, but he’s likely to need more support from Rahat Ali, who is yet to hit form, wicketless in his last three outings, including the drawn warm-up match against Leicestershire. Ali has raw pace, and that may be enough to unsettle England’s top order if he can find his line.

Azhar Ali has been Pakistan’s most consistent batsman in recent times, ranked 12th in the ICC list and above England’s Jonny Bairstow and Alastair Cook. The experienced campaigner, alongside Asad Shafiq, carries much of the batting responsibility in an inexperienced squad, and they will know full well they have a better chance at Lords than at Headingly, where the swing and seam of Anderson and Stuart Broad could be at its most devastating.

England have undoubted talent, highly fancied in both the One Day and T20 World Cups. You can compare betting odds on us’s cricket pages.

But this is a five-day contest. Winning One Day tournaments is one thing, but the big question is, can England transfer its undeniable short match skills to the longer game?


Joe Root has struggled to convert fifties to hundreds in recent times but he scored a monster 254 against Pakistan to win the second test at Old Trafford two years ago.

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Pakistan cricket team visit Englanf for a Test Series

That series was drawn after the first test had been won by Pakistan. On that occasion Rahat Ali skittled England’s top three while Jonny Bairstow was the only player to dominate the tourists’ attack, before Amir finished off the tail.

Pakistan celebrated that win by, famously, doing press-ups on the famous Lords pitch! But with skipper Ul-Haq retired they may be a little more circumspect this time around, that’s if they can get another win of course.

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