The first match in this five game World Cup Warm Up series was abandoned due to rain in London on Wednesday.
The two teams meet at the Ageas bowl in Southampton on Saturday. In questionable weather in London England won an important toss in bowling conditions and before the rain came Pakistan were 80-2 after 19 overs. Such conditions can equalise the big advantages batters have under the current format regulations, where fielding restrictions and white balls often lead to big totals.
Of most interest in those 19 overs was the brief performance of Jofra Archer with figures of 4-2-6-1 bowling with pace and well on the way to securing a spot in England’s world cup squad. That aside, Pakistan are going to be seen to better effect on drier pitches.
The possibility of mixed weather again in Southampton on Saturday,plus England’s ODI strength (with England 5/2 favourites for the upcoming World Cuo) accounts for the prevailing market prices about this second ODI. England are best priced 2/5 and Pakistan 9/4. That England price is probably one not to get involved in on value grounds but Jofra Archer at 3/1 with Bet365 for top England bowler, albeit on a small sample size in England International cricket of one ODI and one T20 is probably one to avail ourselves of.