Who: Pakistan vs England
When: Saturday, November 11, 2pm (08:30 GMT)
The place: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Pakistan captain Babar Azam has fired again at critics together with his aspect on the verge of World Cup elimination in India.
The hosts’ close to neighbours should humiliate the holders, England, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday if they’re to have any probability of reaching the semifinal stage.
The 29-year-old has come below hearth for each his batting and captaincy.
“I’ve not carried out the way in which I ought to have within the World Cup, that’s why individuals are saying that I’m below strain,” he stated.
“Over the past two-and-a-half or three years I used to be the one who was performing for the aspect and main the crew.
“It appears everybody has an opinion on me – he must be like this, or like that.
“If somebody actually desires to advise me, I feel everybody has my quantity, however I suppose it’s straightforward to present recommendation on TV.”
Pakistan began the match with two wins, in opposition to Netherlands and Sri Lanka. A 4 match shedding streak has price them.
Defeats by India and Australia have been manageable. The subsequent two defeats in opposition to Afghanistan and South Africa left them in despair.
Solely the brilliance of Fakhar’s 126* from 81 balls in opposition to New Zealand of their final match has stored them alive within the match at this stage.
A dramatic end result within the groups’ remaining group stage match is just not out of the query.
England stormed to victory within the 2019 remaining in opposition to New Zealand. However the wave they rode 4 years in the past has sucked them again out to sea in India.
Their 2023 marketing campaign – simply two wins and 6 losses – has been disastrous and Jos Buttler’s aspect should now win the ultimate group-stage match to qualify for the Champions Trophy.
Pakistan’s greatest opponent is not going to be the defending champions however the scale of the web run-rate reverse they have to produce to progress.
A victory would take them degree on factors and wins with New Zealand however defeating England by a shocking margin is their solely hope of claiming fourth spot.
This implies batting first and taking an enormous complete earlier than skittling England cheaply with a margin for 287-runs or extra.
All through their cricketing historical past Pakistan, World Cup winners in 1992, have had a popularity because the crew for the unbelievable – the percentages and the statistics are closely in opposition to them this time although.
Their highest complete in opposition to England is 361 at Southampton in 2019.
In the event that they have been to duplicate that then they would wish to bowl the English out for 74 or fewer.
“It’s not like this matter is just not behind the thoughts. It’s in our thoughts and we are going to attempt to do it,” stated Azam.
“However we will’t simply go in and begin firing blindly – we would like that however with correct planning, how we wish to play the primary 10 overs, then the subsequent 20 – how now we have to realize that focus on.
“There are a whole lot of issues on this, like partnerships, which participant will keep within the pitch for a way lengthy.
“We are able to do that and now we have deliberate for this.”
England are already licking their wounds.
Their Check captain, Ben Stokes, wants surgical procedure on his knee however has delay returning residence to assist the struggling aspect.
Buttler changed Eoin Morgan as white-ball captain in 2022 and he, like Azam, has confronted criticism for crew and toss choice in India.
Champions Trophy qualification can be scant reward, or certainly respite, however it’s a minimum of a motivation for a aspect in determined want of focus.
“It’s nice to be heading there with one thing on the road,” Buttler stated of the match in Kolkata.
“We’re not taking part in for what we needed to be taking part in for, but it surely’s a very important match for us within the grand scheme of issues.”
The groups have confronted one another 88 instances in one-day internationals.
Pakistan have gained 32 whereas England have gained 56.
There’s by no means been a tie – however that wouldn’t be of any use to both now.
England have gained the final three encounters of their residence collection in 2021.
It was a digital C-team fielded by England because of COVID-19 absentees within the full crew and the Lions squad as nicely.
Pakistan’s final victory was in 2019 on the World Cup.
It was a 14-run win at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.