ENG vs PAK Match Preview

Dawid Malan has emerged as a standout performer amidst the lackluster batting displays from his teammates, amassing an impressive total of 373 runs at an average of 46.62. In the previous match, he notched up a half-century, marking his third score of 50 or more in the tournament. Once again, Malan will play a pivotal role for England during the Powerplay phase.

On the other hand, Johnny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, and Joe Root have encountered difficulties even against average bowling attacks, and they will face an uphill battle as they confront Pakistan's formidable pace battery. However, Ben Stokes managed to break free from his struggles and delivered a rapid century in the last game. He will be the linchpin for England during the middle overs.

The performance of the bowlers has been somewhat inconsistent. David Willey will spearhead the attack with the new ball alongside Chris Woakes, who together have claimed a total of 17 wickets. Adil Rashid leads the team's wicket-takers with an impressive tally of 13, while Moeen Ali has contributed with 3 wickets.

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Pakistan secured a victory against New Zealand in a rain-shortened match last weekend, thanks to Fakhar Zaman's brilliant century. With Zaman and Abdullah Shafique in form, they will aim to provide a strong start to the team. Babar Azam, who scored an unbeaten half-century, will play a crucial role in the middle order.

Mohammad Rizwan has been the top-scorer for the team with 359 runs, but the consistency of Iftikhar Ahmed and Saud Shakeel has been questionable. Shaheen Shah Afridi, despite his poor performance against New Zealand, remains the top bowler for Pakistan with 16 wickets.

He will be supported by Haris Rauf and Hasan Ali in opening the attack with the new ball. However, the spin department has been a weak point for the team and will need to work harder during the middle overs to restrict the runs. 


Weather Report

The weather will be clear with plenty of sunshine and temperatures of between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. 

Pitch Report

The pitch at the Eden Gardens favors the batsmen early on. There is a good amount of bounce and pace on offer and the ball comes nicely onto the bat. However, as the match progresses, the surface slows down and the spinners will be able to generate some turn. Anything over 260 will be tricky to chase.

Notable stats

Woakes on the Cusp of A Record

Chris Woakes needs just 1 wicket to overtake Ian Botham and become the leading wicket-taker for England in World Cups. He has picked up 30 wickets in 23 matches at an average of 31.70.

Team News

There are no updates regarding injuries from either side. 


ENG vs PAK Probable 11

ENG Playing 11

  • Johnny Bairstow
  • Dawid Malan
  • Joe Root
  • Jos Buttler (C)
  • Ben Stokes
  • Chris Woakes
  • Moeen Ali
  • Adil Rashid
  • Harry Brook
  • Gus Atkinson
  • David Willey

PAK Playing 11

  • Abdullah Shafique
  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Babar Azam (C)
  • Mohammad Rizwan (Wk)
  • Iftikhar Ahmed
  • Saud Shakeel
  • Agha Salman
  • Hasan Ali
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi
  • Mohammad Wasim Jr.
  • Haris Rauf
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

We are backing Pakistan to win this match. While they are far from being perfect, Pakistan has a better record in this World Cup and the massive win against New Zealand would have boosted the morale of the team. Also, since they will need to win this match to get the best shot at making it to the semifinals, the players are likely to go all-out to defeat England. 


Top Picks

Fakhar Zaman: Zaman scored a brilliant century in the last match to lead his team to an improbable win. He has 50+ scores in each of his last two innings and is likely to play well.

Babar Azam: Babar Azam averages 48.00 against England and has scored 5 half-centuries and 2 centuries against them.

Dawid Malan: Dawid Malan is the leading run-scorer for England in this tournament with 373 runs. He has scored half-centuries in each of his last 2 innings and looks in fine form. 


ENG vs PAK Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: M Rizwan

Batters: B Azam (C), F Zaman, D Malan (VC), A Shafique

All-rounders: C Woakes, M Ali

Bowlers: S Afridi, A Rashid, H Rauf, M Wasim

ENG vs PAK Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction