Witness the thrilling encounter between England and Pakistan in Match 44 of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, right here at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Stay tuned to this space for the latest live updates and scores as both teams face off in their last league match. While England, the defending champions, are already out of the tournament, Pakistan harbors a slim chance of securing a spot in the semi-finals with a formidable victory.
Probable Playing XIs:
England: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Gus Atkinson
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Usama Mir/Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf
The toss holds significant importance for Pakistan, and Babar Azam, despite reported frustration, is determined to lead his team to victory. Speculations about Babar’s ODI captaincy persist, and a big score in this match might alleviate the disappointment of not making it to the semi-finals.
Former captain Ramiz Raja noted, “Babar looked depressed & sounded frustrated because Pakistan didn’t qualify in the semifinal of the World Cup.” However, Babar Azam has expressed confidence in his captaincy, dismissing the pressure ahead of the crucial clash against England.
Pakistan’s strategy is clear: bat first and aim for a winning margin of at least 287 runs to keep their semi-final hopes alive. However, the challenge is formidable, and every run scored and wicket taken will be crucial in this must-win encounter.
Despite a roller-coaster campaign, Pakistan stands at fifth place in the points table. However, their Net Run Rate (NRR) poses a challenge, making it imperative for them to secure a convincing victory against England to stay in the semi-final race.
While England plays for pride and a chance to secure a spot in the 2025 Champions Trophy, Pakistan fights against the odds for a coveted place in the semi-finals. Don’t miss the live coverage of this high-stakes clash between England and Pakistan in the ODI World Cup 2023.