The Champions Trophy has reached the critical stage, semi-final 1. In this fixture, tournament favourites take England take on Pakistan in the battle to book a place in the all-important final. Here are the key predictions for today's match.
Q1. Who will score more runs in today’s match?
A. Azhar Ali B. Alex Hales
In this Champions Trophy so far both have had different outings, Azhar Ali has scored 93 runs, while Alex Hales has scored 151 runs. Azhar Ali's score in his last 3 matches were 50, 9 and 34 while Alex Hales's score in his last 3 matches were 95, 56 and 0. Plus, batting average in the H2H ODIs was Azhar Ali: 34.33 and Alex Hales: 43.77. Going by the current form Alex Hales seems to be having an upper hand when compared to Azhar Ali. Hence, we predict that Alex Hales will outscore Azhar Ali.
Q2. Who will concede more runs?
A. Imad Wasim B. Mohammad Amir
In this Champions Trophy so far, the economy rate of Imad Wasim is 4.72 and Mohammad Amir is 4.79. In addition to that, the economy rate of Imad Wasim against England is 4.5 and Mohammad Amir's is - 5.4. Also, their economy rate in English conditions is as follows, Imad Wasim: 4.4 and Mohammad Amir: 4.9. All the numbers point towards fact that Imad is economical than Mohammad Amir. Hence, we predict Mohammad Amir to concede more runs than Imad Wasim.
Q3. Who will go through to the Final?
A. England B. Pakistan
The last time Pakistan toured England, they lost the 5 match ODI series 4-1. But interestingly, their only win of that series came at this particular venue, Sophia Gardens. But, in this Champions Trophy, it has been a different story for both the teams so far. England has not lost any of their games, whereas Pakistan has had a shaky start to their campaign as they started off with a loss to India but won the next 2 games. England has won all their 3 games with ease and has a very balanced side with both their bowling attack and batting line-up looks solid, whereas Pakistan's strength has been their bowling but their batting has been really poor as they almost failed to chase down easy targets set by both South Africa and Sri Lanka. Hence we predict England to win this fixture easily.
Q4. How many aggregate runs will be scored?
A. <=500 B. >500
An average of 513 runs was scored in the last 3 ODIs played at this venue in this Champions Trophy. However, the average of 1st-innings score at this venue is 223 compared to 212 in the 2nd-innings. Hence we predict that the aggregate runs scored today will be <=500.
Q5. Will Root score a half-century?
A. Yes B. No
In this Champions Trophy so far, Joe Root has, by far, been England's consistent batsmen scoring 212 at an average of 106 (1 half-century and 1 century). His scores in the last 3 matches he played were 133*,64 and 15. Also, Joe Root has scored 419 runs in 9 ODIs at an average of 46.56 vs PAK. Considering his current form we predict that Joe Root will score a half-century against Pakistan in today's fixture.
Q6. Who will take more wickets?
A. Mark Wood B. Hasan Ali
In this Champions Trophy so far, Hasan Ali has taken 7 wickets, while Mark Wood has taken 4. Plus, Hasan Ali has taken 8 wickets in the 4 H2H ODIs played between England and Pakistan, while Mark Wood has taken 7. Hence, we predict Hasan Ali to pick more wickets than Mark Wood.If you think you can predict better than this, download the
India or West Indies? Who will win?
WI hold a 60-53 H2H advantage over IND historically but in last 10 completed games between them , IND have won 7. IND has also won all last 5 games at this venue.