Time: March 24, 6:30 AM IST
Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
The chasing team has won five of nine WODIs at Christchurch. The pitch has a reputation for producing an even battle between the bat and ball.
Probable XI for England: Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Charlotte Dean, Anya Shrubsole
Probable XI for Pakistan: Muneeba Ali, Sidra Ameen, Bismah Maroof (c), Omaima Sohail, Nida Dar, Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Diana Baig, Nashra Sandhu, Anam Amin
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Nida Dar won the Player of the Match award for her four-wicket haul against West Indies earlier this week. She has had a good time with the bat too: her 55 off 72 against South Africa kept her team in the hunt.
Tammy Beaumont has failed only once in five games. She has scored 208 runs at 42 including two fifties. In addition, she is the highest run-scorer between these teams: three hundreds in six innings. These stats make her a strong candidate for captaincy in fantasy cricket.
Bismah Maroof has played three valuable innings this edition – one of which was a stylish 78* versus Australia. Against England, she has managed 337 runs at 42 in 10 games.
Natalie Sciver was the star performer in the thriller against New Zealand. It was her knock of 61 that kept the scorecard ticking in the tricky chase. Overall, she has been a popular pick among fantasy players for all-round performance in this World cup: 223 runs and 4 wickets in five matches.
Barring the opening game against Australia, Sophie Ecclestone has been impressive with her spin-bowling. Her 8 wickets have come at an average of 23.5.
Nashra Sandhu has taken the most wickets (8) and the most catches (4) for Pakistan.
After her match-winning performance (4 for 23) against India, Charlie Dean continued her good form against New Zealand: she took the crucial wickets of Amelia Kerr and Amy Satterthwaite.
Fatima Sana has gone wicketless only once in this edition, overall taking six scalps in five games. She has a knack for striking at critical moments.
Amy Jones is ahead in the race of wicketkeepers. She has scored a fifty, pouched five catches, and inflicted a stumping.
Other than the spectacular hundred against Bangladesh, Sidra Ameen has had an ordinary tournament. If she holds up one end with her solid technique, Pakistan might as well pull off another upset.
Umaima Sohail provides fantasy points with both bat and ball. She has scored 114 runs at 29 and taken 4 wickets at 27.
Pakistan have never beaten England in 25 years in the format. However, England have not been at their best, losing to Australia, West Indies, and South Africa. Meanwhile, Pakistan come from an electrifying win against West Indies. Whoever plays with the right intent will have the edge.
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