Dismal Pakistan take on cheerful England in third one-dayer today

By: News Desk      Published: 10:33 AM, 13 Jul, 2021
Dismal Pakistan take on cheerful England in third one-dayer today
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The third and final ODI match (day/night) between Pakistan and England will be played at Birmingham at 5pm today (Tuesday), reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Pakistan seek a response with the bat after two failed displays at Cardiff and Lord's while ‘C’ Class England is in search of a series clean-sweep.

Inzamam fires a salvo at Babar

Legendary batsman and former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq lashed out at the Babar Azam-led side for their dreadful run in the ongoing England tour.

One of the finest batsmen in the history of Pakistan cricket, Inzamam questioned the playing style of the visitors in the three-match One-Day Internationals (ODI) against the second-string England side.

Known for his cricket analysis in Pakistan post his international retirement, Inzamam slammed the Azam-led side for playing ODI cricket with a T20 mindset in England

Speaking on his YouTube channel about Pakistan's tour of England, the batting maestro reprimanded Azam and Co. for not rotating strikes. Inzamam opined that the Pakistani batsmen are only keen on playing lofted shots against the England bowlers in the three-match ODI series. 

“Pakistan team is trying to play T20 cricket. They were going for big hits and were not rotating the strike. Pakistan played 151 dot balls and yet they didn’t bat 50 overs. Fakhar scored only 8 runs in 50 balls, so a bowler is bound to create pressure on you,” Inzamam said. The batting icon of the Green Army also highlighted that premier batsmen of the side were playing a lot of dot balls before taking the aerial route. 

“Every batsman is playing four dot balls and then going for a hit. You need to rotate strike and give time to yourself in ODIs otherwise you will only score 150 or 190," added Inzamam, who played 120 Tests and 320 ODI for Pakistan.

Inzamam's remarks have come after Azam-led Pakistan lost the first two matches of the ODI series. Pakistan are only playing for pride in the ODI series as the Ben Stokes-led England side has already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Azam-led Pakistan will hope to boost their morale when they take on England in the third and final ODI today. 

Pitch and conditions

A lack of recent 50-over matches at Edgbaston means that the conditions may be a touch unknowable, although the venue tends to offer a true batting surface with good carry.

That said, in each of its last two Blast fixtures, scores of 81 (by Yorkshire) and 63 (by Birmingham Bears) were recorded, so make of that what you will, and with ceaselessly damp conditions in the Midlands this month, the pitch looked to have some moisture in it on the eve of the contest.

The ground staff were using sunlamps on the strip to help speed up the preparation. The weather for Tuesday is set to be overcast, but the rain is expected to stay away.

Hasan Ali took his fourth ODI five-for with figures of 5 for 51 at Lord's. Each of his previous three five-wicket hauls had come in 2017, while in 13 completed matches dating back to November 2018, he had not picked up more than a single wicket in an innings.