ENG vs PAK Match Prediction - Who will win today's 2nd ODI match?

England vs Pakistan Match Prediction – Who will win today’s 2nd ODI match between ENG vs PAK?

The pitch at the Lord's has assisted the left-arm fast bowlers over the years.

Saqib Mahmood of England
Saqib Mahmood of England celebrates. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Preview

England played with five debutants in the opening ODI against Pakistan at the Sophia Gardens. However, despite having a lack of experience in their squad, the hosts came out trumps by nine wickets with as many as 28.1 overs to spare.

The Three Lions chased down 142 in a mere 21.5 overs. Pakistan, on the other hand, were outplayed from all departments. The second game is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 10 at the Lord’s in London.

It’s a must-win game for the Men in Green. The Brits, in meantime, would be looking to seal the fate of the series defying every other odd.

Match Details

Match – England vs Pakistan – 2nd match

Venue – Lord’s Cricket Ground, London

Time – 03:30 PM IST, 11:00 AM Local

Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network and Sony Liv

Pitch Report

The pitch at the Lord’s is helpful for both batters and bowlers. But left-arm pacers tend to get some assistance due to the slope. Hence, Shaheen Shah Afridi’s role would be highly critical in the game.

Both teams should again look to chase. There are chances of heavy rain from 9 AM to 12 PM and thereafter as well. Hence, there could be interruptions and the DLS Method might come into play.

Avg score:  237 (66 ODIs at the Lord’s)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 32, Lost – 30, N/R – 3, Tied- 1

Playing Combinations for ENG vs PAK

England

Predicted XI

Phillip Salt, Dawid Malan, Zak Crawley, James Vince, Ben Stokes (C), Lewis Gregory, John Simpson (WK), Craig Overton, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson, Brydon Carse

Bench: Tom Helm, Danny Briggs, David Payne, Daniel Lawrence, Will Jacks, Ben Duckett, Jake Ball

Pakistan

Predicted XI

Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (C), Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Sohaib Maqsood, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf

Bench: Mohammad Nawaz, Abdullah Shafique, Usman Qadir, Agha Salman, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hasnain

ENG vs PAK Head-to-Head

Overall

Played – 89 | England – 54 | Pakistan – 32 | Tie – 0 |N/R – 3

In England

Played – 20 | England – 10 | Pakistan – 10 | Tie – 0 |N/R – 0

Probable best batsman of the match

Babar Azam- Pakistan

Babar Azam is a class act as he has scored runs across the globe. However, he couldn’t open his account in the first match of the series. Saqib Mahmood got rid of him in the very first over of the encounter.

But Babar knows the art of bouncing back after a failure or two. The Brits can’t afford to let him settle down as they could end up chasing leather if he gets his eyes in.

Probable best bowler of the match

Shaheen Shah Afridi- Pakistan

Shaheen Shah Afridi was arguably Pakistan’s standout bowler in the opening match of the series. He got the only wicket of Phil Salt early on. The left-arm speedster has a decent record at the Lord’s.

Back on July 5, 2019, he picked up a six-wicket haul against Bangladesh at the Home of Cricket. If the visitors have to make a comeback, Afridi has to be on top of his game.

Today’s match prediction: Pakistan are expected to win this match.

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.