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Pakistan stare at a colossal win against England with semi-final still out of reach


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Pakistan will need a massive win against England to consolidate their net run rate to somewhat stand a chance for their spot in the semi-final of the ongoing World Cup. Pakistan are scheduled to meet England in their biggest World Cup showdown on Saturday at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. This is the most pivotal game for Pakistan as all out efforts are needed from them to come out victorious bigly. Pakistan have to beat England in such a way that they are able to equal New Zealand with 10 points and also go past their net run rate to make their case for semi-final. Pakistan will need their batters Fakhar Zaman, skipper Babar Azam, Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan to step up with the bat and help the team in their success. Their bowling attack would need to be belligerent in order to cripple England to register a tremendously big win. England, on the other hand, must register their victory in their last group stage match to make their way into the Champions Trophy qualification. Defending champions England’s World Cup campaign has been in shambles with their two wins out of their eight outings. Looking at their overall outings in the ODIs, Pakistan and England have met each other 88 times in the ODIs but England are leading the victory margin with their (56) victories while Pakistan have recorded (32) wins. This time around situation and circumstances are entirely contrasting amid which Pakistan will be out to decide their fate.

PAK Probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam (c) Mohammad Rizwan (wk) Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf

ENG Probable XI: Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (c&wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Gus Atkinson


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