Pakistan wins toss, chose to bat first against England at Cardiff

CARDIFF: Pakistan on Sunday won the toss and opted to bat first against England in the first Twenty20 International at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff today.

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Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed said after winning the toss his team will try to give a big target to the English and have become familiar with the conditions after the practice matches.

England Captain Eoin Morgan said Pakistan is a strong opponent and expect a good competition.

England partakes in the competition sore from a four-wicket defeat at the hands of Ireland in a one-day international on Friday in Malahide.

England was restricted to 101 by 19-year-old Irish debutante Josh Little in a 199 run chase. Little took 4 wickets and gave only 45 runs.

Pakistan, with three fabulous victories against county teams beating Kent by 100 runs, Northamptonshire by eight wickets and Leicestershire by 58 runs.

The Sarfraz XI will be depending on the batting side which has been in a marvelous form so far in England. Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman, and Babar Azam have all scored centuries in the county matches and will be continuing to perform.

Pakistan will sadly miss Shoaib Malik’s batting skills as he was granted a 10-day leave to deal with some personal issues.

Mohammad Amir will be given a chance to shine today who was earlier not given slot in the final World Cup squad. In the sole game Amir played in England so far, he dismissed one batsman.

While the English have given the spotlight to the Sussex batsman Phil Salt to replace Dawid Malan who has suffered a groin injury while batting against Ireland.

However, the English will be fielding without the help of Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes who all are playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) in India.

The English have to rely on the bowling skills of Barbados-born fast bowler Jofra Archer who made an impression against Ireland on Friday.

The game between the English and the Green Shirts will commence at 6:30 pm Pakistan Standard Time.

Squads

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, James Vince, David Willey, Ben Foakes, Phil Salt, Ben Duckett

Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk, c), Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Asif Ali

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