England ramp up their World Cup preparations when they host Pakistan in the first game of their five-match ODI series. The series opens at The Oval on May 8, and the live action begins at 13:00 local time.
ENG vs PAK, 1st ODI 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Sky Sports Cricket, PTV Sports, Sony Six, Fox Sports, SuperSport, ATN Cricket Plus, Willow TV, Astro Cricket HD, OSN Sports Cricket, Star Cricket, GTV
Live streaming: Now TV, Sky Go, SonyLiv, SuperSport Live, Willow TV Online
ENG vs PAK Toss Prediction
England have enjoyed success on home soil batting first and, after a difficult chase in Ireland in their last ODI, the hosts may want to bat first if they win the toss in this match.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for England vs Pakistan, 1st ODI 2019...
England Team News & Playing 11
ENG Team News
England’s World Cup preparations have already been fraught, with Alex Hales’ withdrawal from the squad taking the headlines. James Vince has replaced him in the squad but it could be Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy opening at The Oval. Jofra Archer is likely to continue to lead the pace attack, while Chris Jordan is hoping to be included as he also looks to squeeze into the World Cup squad at the last minute.
ENG Key Players
Eoin Morgan led by example in the T20 international against Pakistan, bouncing back from his duck against his home nation, Ireland. Morgan has 43 ODI 50s to his name and 12 centuries, and became the first batsman to score 6,000 runs in ODIs for England.
Joe Root hit 47 from 42 balls in the T20, meanwhile, and the Yorkshireman still averages above 50 in ODIs, sharing plenty of big partnerships with Eoin Morgan over the past year.
At the top of the order, Jonny Bairstow arrives on the back of his stunning form in the Big Bash League and was key to England’s home ODI success last year. He and Jason Roy have both been in explosive form at the top of the order.
In the bowling attack, Jofra Archer continues to push his claim for a World Cup place – the paceman was in good form in the IPL and took 2-29 in the T20i in Cardiff, after his debut wicket in the Dublin ODI.
Liam Plunkett was England’s star bowler at Malahide, meanwhile. He took 4-35 in the one-off ODI, having taken six wickets in his last two List A matches at The Oval for Surrey too.
ENG Team Form
England go into this series as the number one ODI team in world cricket after a brilliant few years. They have won nine of their last ten bilateral ODI series of more than one game.
They drew 2-2 with West Indies in their most recent full series, but bounced back to start the summer in winning fashion in a one-off match against Ireland in Malahide. Liam Plunkett took 4-35 in that game as England restricted Ireland to 198 all out, before Ben Foakes (61*) and Tom Curran (47*) led them to a four-wicket win.
England Predicted Playing 11
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer
Pakistan Team News & Playing 11
PAK Team News
Shadab Khan has been ruled out of Pakistan’s tour with a virus – Yasir Shah has replaced him. Shoaib Malik will miss the first two ODIs due to personal reasons, while Mohammad Hafeez will also miss those two matches with a hand injury.
PAK Key Players
Fakhar Zaman hit 76 and 101 in Pakistan’s two 50-over warm-up matches. The 29-year-old has hit nine half-centuries and three 100s in his 31 ODIs and averages 53.40 in the format.
Babar Azam hit 65 in the T20i in Cardiff, meanwhile, having hit 101 in the T20 warm up and an unbeaten 68 against Northamptonshire too. Like Zaman, he averages over 50 in ODIs and has eight centuries and ten 50s in his 57 ODI innings.
Haris Sohail hit two centuries in Pakistan’s most recent ODI series, meanwhile, though he could not prevent defeat to Australia.
Imad Wasim has been in good all-round form so far on this tour, meanwhile. He hit a List A century in the warm-up match against Kent and took 2-19 and 1-24 in his last two T20 matches.
Mohammad Amir has much to prove with the ball, meanwhile. Junaid Khan and Shaheen Afridi are ahead of him in the World Cup squad and all three will be the focus of a lot of interest in this series. Hasan Ali arrives on the back of his fine Pakistan Super League form, meanwhile.
PAK Team Form
While top of the world in T20 cricket, Pakistan’s ODI form has hit the buffers. They won the Champions Trophy and series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe afterwards – either side of being whitewashed by New Zealand.
They have not won since, however, most recently losing 5-0 to Australia in the UAE. Haris Sohail and Mohammad Rizwan both hit two centuries in that series but could not prevent Pakistan losing all five matches.
Pakistan Predicted Playing 11
Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain
England vs Pakistan Team Form in Last Five Matches
ENG : W L W NR L
PAK : L L L L L
ENG vs PAK Head to Head
England have won 49 of their 82 against ODIs against Pakistan, losing 31. There have also been two no results. Their most recent meeting was at the Champions Trophy in England in 2017. Hasan Ali took 3-35 as Pakistan bowled England out for 211, before Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) helped Pakistan to an eight-wicket win.
The most recent series between the two was also in England, with the hosts winning 4-1 on that occasion.
England vs Pakistan Betting Odds
England are big favourites to beat Pakistan in the first ODI at The Oval, with Bet365 offering 1.44 on the hosts to win and 2.75 on the tourists. Betway are offering 1.40 to win, while Pakistan are 2.80.
England are spoiled for choice when it comes to batting, and are 1.65 with Betway to post the highest opening partnership. Jonny Bairstow arrives in superb form and he is 4.00 with England to be their best batsman.
Joe Root is 4.00 to be England’s top batsman, while Eoin Morgan – their top batsman in the T20 international – is 5.00.
For Pakistan, Babar Azam is in good form and is 4.00 to be their top batsman. Fakhar Zaman is 4.50, meanwhile.
Bet365 are offering 4.50 on Jofra Archer being England’s top bowler, meanwhile, and Liam Plunkett is 5.00 after his starring role in the win in Ireland.
For Pakistan, Hasan Ali was in superb form in the Pakistan Super League and is 4.33 to be their star bowler.
England vs Pakistan Prediction
England are favourites to beat Pakistan and will be desperate to live up to that billing ahead of the World Cup. They have the batting and bowling strength to do exactly that.
Back England to beat Pakistan at 1.44 with Bet365 and 1.40 with Betway.