Will it be Pakistan or England?

Will it be Pakistan or England? Saleque Sufi

Pakistan Vs England
One of the pre-tournament favorites host England has been the most consistent team in the tournament so far. They are the only side winning all three matches comfortably. However, of all teams, Bangladesh played their bowling well mastering 305 which England chased against a Bangladesh attack still adjusting to conditions.

English win against New Zealand and Australia were comprehensive. No one expected Pakistan to reach where they are after their crushing defeat against traditional rivals India.

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But their very strong bowling attack well suited to English conditions, earned them back to back wins against South Africa and Sri Lanka despite of their fragile batting strength.

This semi-final will be duel between Pakistan bowling against English batting. Having played against South African and Indian attack, Pakistani batsmen may find English bowling a bit easier to negotiate. Though England is runaway favorite one always hesitate predicting a match involving unpredictable Pakistan.

If their batsman can set a 275 -280 runs target the bowling attack can defend. But we have to bear in mind that England have scored and chased 300 plus scores almost regularly after 2015 world cup.

Other than Jason Roy, all top order batsmen Alex Hales, J Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes are in prolific form.

England has quality pace attack and two good spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid.

Pakistan has only two experienced batsmen in their line up Mohammad Hafiz and Shoaib Malik. Others including Azhar Ali and Captain Sarfraz Ahmed are pretty young. Rookie opener Fakhar Zaman played two good innings, talented Babar Azam has to fire. But in the crunch match Azhar Ali, Mohammad Hafiz and Shoaib Malik have to shoulder greater responsibility.

Pace attack of Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali brought back memories of Wasim Akram, Waqar Yunis and Imran Khan.

Hope rain stays off and a full 50+50=100 overs cricket is possible. England had easy sailing in all three matches but Pakistan have weapons to test them.

My money would go to England for their greater experience and home advantage.