The 3rd ODI between England and Pakistan will be played on July 13, Tuesday at the Edgbaston. England took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the second ODI. Although the final game is a dead rubber, super league points are there for the taking. Therefore, the match is expected to be fought out even though it’s irrelevant to the outcome of the series.
Going into the 3rd ODI, England might give an opportunity to the fringe players. However, if they’re looking to be ruthless, they might continue with the same team. Skipper Ben Stokes has had a fabulous start to his captaincy stint. He has pretty much taken the right decisions at crucial junctures. The inexperienced team has backed up their captain’s plans of attack and will be keen to whitewash the Pakistan team.
Apart from John Simpson, everybody has shown up to their tasks. The 32-year-old might get another go considering England is a little weak on the wicket-keeping options. Testing the bench strength is the right way to go. However, none of the members of the playing XI deserve to be dropped.
Inside the huddle as Stokesy received ODI cap #⃣1⃣0⃣0⃣ 🧢👏
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 12, 2021
Pakistan will be devastated with their performance. They came into the series high on confidence but they’ve been left completely flustered. Losing to a second-string side is always a big insult. The series has also put into perspective how brittle Pakistan’s batting order is.
If Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan fail to contribute, the team plunges into a downward spiral. Therefore, they might have to consider bringing in Agha Salman or Abdullah Shafique to strengthen the line-up.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 8, 2021
The bowling was up to par for the most part of the second ODI. However, England’s lower order proved to be a thorn in the side. Hasan Ali, who picked up a fifer at Lord’s, will be their main man with the ball. Expect Pakistan to make a couple of changes going into the last game.
Match: England vs Pakistan, 3rd ODI
Date and Time: 13th July 2021, 5:30 pm IST (1:00 pm local time)
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
In 63 ODI’s, the team batting first has won 26 games while the team batting second has won 30 times. Goes to show the toss is pretty irrelevant to the outcome of the game. While the average first innings total at this venue is 230, the second innings average is a mere 186.
So expect the bowlers to dominate the game. The forecast has clouds written all over it, with a gentle breeze that should help the swing bowlers come into play.
Predicted Playing XI
England: Ben Stokes (c), James Vince, John Simpson (wk), Dawid Malan, Zak Crawley, Phil Salt, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Brydon Carse, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Sohaib Maqsood, Shadab Khan, Agha Salman, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf
England vs Pakistan 2021: 3rd ODI – Dream11 Suggestions
Fantasy Suggestion 1: Phil Salt, Zak Crawley, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Ben Stokes, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Saqib Mahmood, Haris Rauf
Captain: Babar Azam | Vice-captain: Shaheen Afridi
Fantasy Suggestion 2: Fakhar Zaman, Dawid Malan, Babar Azam, Ben Stokes, Mohammad Rizwan, Phil Salt, Craig Overton, Shaheen Afridi, Lewis Gregory, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson
Captain: Ben Stokes | Vice-captain: Mohammad Rizwan