England vs. Pakistan: First ODI Preview
England vs. Pakistan: First ODI Preview

England and Pakistan will lock horns in the first One-Day International (ODI) in the five-match series in London on Wednesday. The game will officially kick start both teams' preparations for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup. In the previous five meetings between both teams, it is advantage England as they've won thrice, however, the Men in Green emerged victorious in both of the last two matches.

Kennington Oval in London will be used as the venue for the contest, which will be hosting its 68th ODI. Highest team score at the venue of 398-5 in a 50-over contest was registered by New Zealand in the match against England in 2015, whereas lowest team score of 103 was registered by the home side in the match against South Africa in 1999. Highest individual score of 176 not out was registered by West Indies' Evin Lewis in 2017, whereas best bowling figures of 6-42 was registered by Pakistan's Umar Gul in 2010. 

The home side will come in the match high on confidence after defeating Sarfraz Ahmed-led unit in the only T20I on Sunday with a considerably inexperienced and weakened team. However, for the series starting from Wednesday, England will field their strongest possible playing eleven to finalise their strategies for the mega event. In the batting department, the hosts will be relying on the likes of captain Eoin Morgan, veteran right-hander Joe Root, explosive openers Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler to score

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Azeem Siddiqui
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