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Deadline: May 11, 2019 at 3:30 PM IST

Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton

Pitch and conditions

Given the number of matches washed out of late in England and Ireland, not many would stress on how the pitch is. Weather is the topmost concern. Only 19 overs were bowled in the first ODI, and conditions look bleak in Southampton as well. Pray to whatever gods you believe in, that rain does not play spoilsport again.

That being said, the pitch looks good and has very little grass on it. The batters will feast on the bowlers if conditions remain dry. If not, expect some movement for the pacers.

The average first and second innings scores read 256 and 206 respectively. The highest total registered here is 359 for 3 by New Zealand against England.

Probable XI for England: James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Joe Denly, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett

Probable XI for Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Asif Ali/Shoaib Malika, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Shaheen Afridi

Fantasy team

We have opted for a fantasy team on the basis of players’ impact, recent performances, and credit points.

Note that you can now change your team after the toss. You can also check players’ performances in the last 5 matches. Tap on the players’ names to get the data while making your fantasy team.

My XI: Jos Buttler (wk), Joe Root, Babar Azam, Jonny Bairstow (c), Eoin Morgan, Imam-ul-Haq, Ben Stokes, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Jofra Archer (vc), Hasan Ali

There were few unexpected changes in the playing XI in the first ODI. England left out Jason Roy and Moeen Ali at the expense of James Vince and Joe Denly. In the practise session, however, Roy and Moeen were seen grinding it out.

On the other hand, Pakistan played Asif Ali in the absence of Shoaib Malik despite having the veteran Mohammad Hafeez at their disposal. With Malik back, Pakistan may fancy drafting him in the team.

Before the rain washed out the game, England picked two wickets: Archer removed the dangerous Fakhar, while Plunkett had the stylish Babar caught behind. Amidst the terrific bowling, Imam-ul-Haq displayed his tenacity, remaining unbeaten on 42*.

Squads:

England: Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Joe Denly, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood, Moeen Ali, Jason Roy, David Willey, Tom Curran

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Abid Ali, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Hasnain

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