England vs Pakistan Live Score: The 44th fixture of the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, is set to take place at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday, November 11, featuring a match between England and Pakistan. England are already eliminated from the tournament, while Pakistan still hold slimmest of the chances of qualifying.
Following New Zealand’s recent five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka, they nearly secured a spot in the semifinals based on a better net run rate (NRR). However, for Pakistan to advance, they must either defeat England by more than 275 runs or successfully chase any total set by England within 2.3 overs, which looks like all but a far-fetched dream. In the best-case scenario for Pakistan, if they bat first, they need a strong start, with Fakhar Zaman, the hero of their last match, replicating his impressive performance. Captain Babar Azam and the struggling middle-order need to step up, and the bowlers must deliver an exceptional performance.
In their final league game of CWC 2023, England, currently positioned at seventh place with only two wins, have no chance of advancing to the knockout stage. However, a victory for England guarantees their qualification, unless both Bangladesh and the Netherlands secure wins with substantial margins. However, if England lose, they must ensure they maintain a higher net run rate than Sri Lanka and hope for any outcome that doesn’t place both Bangladesh and the Netherlands ahead of them. Simply put, they can tolerate trailing behind one of them but not both.
Coming to the pitch of the venue, Eden Gardens surface is expected to favour batsmen, resulting in a high-scoring match. As the game progresses, spinners may find opportunities to make an impact, making the decision to bowl first a wise choice at this venue.
Probable XI (England): Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Gus Atkinson
Probable XI (Pakistan): Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Usama Mir/Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf