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Cricket World Cup 2023: ENG vs PAK Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: England vs Pakistan, Cricket World Cup 2023

Date: November 11, Saturday, 2.00 PM IST

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

England and Pakistan will play each other in their respective last league games of the Cricket World Cup 2023. The match will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 11 at 2 PM.

England have already been eliminated from the race to the semifinals. For Pakistan to qualify, they not only need to win this game but win it by a huge margin to go past the net run rate of New Zealand.

England’s recent victory against the Netherlands, where they secured a convincing win by 160 runs, has moved them a couple of positions up the points table. As a result of this win, England have climbed from the last spot to the seventh position on the points table. The momentum gained from this victory will be crucial for England as they aim to finish their World Cup campaign on a positive note.

Pakistan enters the upcoming match with confidence, having secured victories in their last two fixtures against Bangladesh and New Zealand. Under the leadership of Babar Azam, they currently occupy the fifth spot on the points table, boasting four wins from eight matches and accumulating a total of eight points. Despite their recent success, the Men in Green face a challenging scenario in the context of making it to the semi-finals. To give an example of how they need to win against England, Pakistan will have to score close to 100 and then bowl out England for less than 100.

Ahead of the next game of Cricket World Cup 2023, here is everything you need to know to maximise your chances of winning cash prizes on MPL fantasy.

Weather update and pitch report for ENG vs PAK, World Cup 2023

The upcoming match promises to provide both batsmen and bowlers with a fair chance to showcase their skills. In the last five games at the venue, the average first innings total has been around 240 runs, indicating a balanced contest between bat and ball. The team winning the toss might opt to bat first, capitalizing on the conditions, and aiming to set a competitive total.

The weather in Kolkata will be warm and sunny with a maximum day-time temperature of 32 degrees Celsius. Rain is not forecast.

England team news and predicted XI

Team news – England do not have any injury concerns and are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI

Squad: Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes.

Predicted XI:  1 Jonny Bairstow, 2 Dawid Malan, 3 Joe Root, 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Harry Brook, 6 Jos Buttler (c/wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 David Willey, 10 Gus Atkinson, 11 Adil Rashid

Pakistan team news and predicted XI

Team news: Pakistan also do not have any injury concerns and are unlikely to make any changes to the playing XI.

Squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim.

Predicted XI: 1 Abdullah Shafique, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam (c), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Agha Salman, 8 Hasan Ali, 9 Mohammad Wasim Jnr, 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Haris Rauf

Head to head record for ENG vs PAK, Cricket World Cup 2023

The two teams have played a total of 91 matches. In these matchups, England has emerged victorious on 56 occasions, while Pakistan has secured wins in 32 games. Additionally, three matches concluded without a decisive result.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your fantasy XI for ENG vs PAK, Cricket World Cup 2023

Shaheen Afridi – bowler, Pakistan

Shaheen Afridi was inconsistent in his first few outings in the tournament but is now the leading wicket taker for Pakistan with 16 wickets in eight games. He picked up five wickets against Australia and three each against South Africa and Bangladeah. Pakistan’s bowling was largely unimpressive the whole tournament and if they are to stand any chance of winning against England by a big margin, the bowlers will have to be at their best.

Mohammed Rizwan – wicketkeeper batsman, Pakistan

Mohammad Rizwan is the highest run-scorer for Pakistan in the 2023 World Cup so far. He has scored 359 runs in eight matches at an average of 71.80. Rizwan has not got a big score in his last five matches and will now be looking for a big one to be end his campaign on a good note.

Abdullah Shafique – batsman, Pakistan

Abdullah Shafique is the second top run-scorer for Pakistan. He has scored 336 runs in seven games at an average of 48 and a strike rate of 93.85. This includes three half centuries, one each against Australia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Although Shafique is relatively inexperienced, having played only 11 ODIs, his recent form makes him a good pick for your fantasy team.

Jos Buttler – wicketkeeper batsman, England

Jos Buttler was expected to light up the stage at the 2023 World Cup. However, he endured a lean patch and will be looking for redemption in his last match of the tournament. Buttler brings with him the experience of 177 ODIs, from which he has scored 4934 runs at an average of almost 40.

Ben Stokes – all-rounder, England

Ben Stokes smashed an unbeaten 108 off just 84 balls against Netherlands in the previous game. His knock was laced with six boundaries and as many maximums. Earlier against Australia, he scored a knock of 64 runs. Stokes is a good choice for your MPL team’s vice captaincy for this game.

MPL XI

ENG vs PAK – where and what time to watch the match live in India

The England vs Pakistan ODI will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app. The match will begin at 2.00 PM IST on November 11.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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