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England vs Pakistan 1st ODI Betting Tips 08/07/2021

Teams Status

England 

The selectors have decided to stick with the same group of players that featured in the ODI series against Sri Lanka.

After his impressive performances in the T20I and ODI series against Sri Lanka, left-arm pacer David Willey will be slotted into the playing XI for this game.

The big positive from the one-day series was opener Jason Roy and captain Eoin Morgan finding form with the bat and scoring half-centuries in the second game played at The Oval.

England’s premier batsman, Joe Root continued his excellent form with the ball and notched up consecutive half-centuries in the recently concluded ODI series played against Sri Lanka. The 30-year old will be looking to continue his purple patch with the bat against Green Shirt.

All-rounder Ben Stokes and pacer Jofra Archer are still recovering from injuries sustained during England’s winter tour of the subcontinent.

Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, and Liam Dawson are three frontline spinners for England for this limited-overs series. Sam Curran, Tom Curran, David Willey, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood are pacers named in the ODI squad. 

Uncapped pacer George Garton has been retained in the setup despite not playing any game against Sri Lanka this summer.

Pakistan

On the other hand, Pakistan will be looking to kick-start their tour on a positive note. The side by Babar Azam will need to adjust to the conditions in a bid to compete with a formidable team like England 

The visitors have suffered a setback as middle-order batsman Haris Sohail has experienced discomfort in his right leg. Left-hander has been ruled out of the opening game of the series against England.

Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq will be designated openers for Pakistan for this limited-overs series. Babar Azam, wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan, and Shadab Khan will make up the middle-order for the side.

If management decides to add a specialist batsman, then Saud Shakeel would come in place of Haris Sohail.

The All-rounder duo of Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan is expected to add value to the side with bat and ball.

Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, and Hasan Ali will be frontline pacers for this opening counter.

What do the Sportsbook Say

After completing a series win against Sri Lanka, England will start as outright favorites to win the first ODI against Cardiff. 22Bet has England priced at 1.355 and Pakistan at 3.17. Betway has England priced at 1.40 and Pakistan at 2.87. Dafabet has England priced for 1.42 and Pakistan for 3.00


Tipster’s Angle

Jonny Bairstow to deliver blistering innings for England

The Yorkshire-born batsman is one of the most explosive openers in white-ball cricket. He continued his excellent form in the ODI series against Sri Lanka and got England off to flying starts in the Powerplay overs.

Given his spectacular performances for England this year, we expect that Jonny Bairstow can score a big hundred in this series opener at [email protected]

Babar Azam to dominate the proceedings with the bat at Cardiff

After becoming the no.1 batsman in the ICC ODI Rankings, Babar Azam will be expected to continue his excellent form against England. He showed excellent form with the bat in the recent intra-squad match.

Given his phenomenal rise to the top in the 50-over format, expect Babar Azam to score a half-century or more against England in this opening [email protected]

Conclusion

After delivering clinical performances against Sri Lanka, the home side will be expected to keep their winning momentum going in the Pakistan series as well. Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, and Eoin Morgan delivered splendid performances for the side in the recently concluded ODI series, while David Willey, Chris Woakes, and Sam Curran made early inroad with the new ball. Given their bench strength, England is expected to draw first blood in the ODI series at Cardiff.

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