ENG vs PAK Dream11 Prediction | 1st ODI | Match Preview

ENG vs PAK Dream11 Prediction, Probable Playing XI, and Fantasy Cricket Tips for 1st ODI Match, Pakistan tour of England, 2021.

England will take on Pakistan in the 1st ODI at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

ENG vs PAK 1st ODI Match Preview


England has been in brilliant form as they won all the matches played against Sri Lanka recently. But shocking news came out that seven players in the first-choice squad for the series against Pakistan were tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, they had to select a whole new squad, and Ben Stokes, who was given rest from white-ball cricket, was called back and made the Captain for the series.  

Even though the leading players are absent, some excellent batsmen like James Vince, Dawid Malan, Zak Crawley, and Phil Salt will play a significant role in the batting unit. In the middle-order, the all-rounders Ben Stokes and Lewis Gregory will be crucial. Bowling appears to be a little weak as only Saqib Mahmood and Jake Ball have enough experience in international cricket.

England would be hoping to put up a tough fight against Pakistan’s more vigorous opposition and try to win the first match and boost their confidence.


Pakistan is also in a good space as they have won their last couple of series against Zimbabwe and South Africa. Currently the best batsman in the ODI format, Babar Azam will be leading the side and has been successful so far with his captaincy.

Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, and Babar Azam form a very strong top-order which would cause trouble to any opposition. In the middle-order, they have players like Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Sohail, and Shadab Khan, who can build the innings and play big shots. They have a couple of good finishers in the form of Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Nawaz. Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, and Shaheen Afridi are top-class bowlers and can impose problems on the England team.

Pakistan appears to be stronger than England on the paper, and they have a good chance of winning the series.

ENG vs PAK Match Details

England vs Pakistan, 1st ODI, Pakistan tour of England 2021.

Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

Date: 8th July 2021

Time: 05:30 PM IST

Live Score

ENG vs PAK Pitch Condition

Average 1st innings score: 225

Average 2nd innings score: 210

(The average score is based on 28 matches played so far at this venue)

The pitch here is good for bowlers as it offers good bounce and pace. Chasing is easy here as the pitch becomes a little slow in the second innings.

(The chasing team has won 16 out of the 28 matches played her so far.)

ENG vs PAK Weather Report

The weather forecast is good for the day-night match.

England vs Pakistan Head-to-Head Records

Match Played: 88

ENG Won: 53

PAK Won: 32

Tied: 0

No Results: 3

ENG vs PAK Dream11 Team News


  • Seven players from the first choice squad were tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Nine players got a maiden call into the England squad.
  • Ben Stokes has been made the Captain of the team for this series.


  • Any one of Saud Shakeel or Sohaib Maqsood will play.

Probable Playing XI


Philip Salt, James Vince, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes (C), Ben Duckett (wk), Daniel Lawrence/Will Jacks, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson, Jake Ball/David Payne.


Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sohaib Maqsood/Saud Shakeel, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf

Top Picks for ENG vs PAK Dream11 Prediction

England top picks for Dream11:

Ben Stokes:

(98 M, 2817 R, 40.83 A + 505.2 O, 74 W)

Stokes is one of the best all-rounders across the world and is leading the team in this series. He is a must-pick in ENG vs PAK Dream11 team.

Dawid Malan:

(3 M, 90 R, 45 A)

He is the top batsman in the T20I format but is yet to prove himself in the ODIs. Malan has scored a fifty in the three matches he played so far in his career.

James Vince:

(16 M, 322 R, 23 A)

Vince is a good striker of the ball but has not shown his form in the ODIs. He has a perfect chance to impress everyone in this series.,

Phil Salt:

(Yet to make his ODI debut)

He is a right-handed batsman and generally opens the innings. Phil is yet to make his ODI debut.

Saqib Mahmood:

(4 M, 32.5 O, 5 W)

He is a tall right-arm fast bowler and picks up wickets consistently. Saqib will be the crucial bowler for England in this series.

Lewis Gregory:

(Yet to make his ODI debut)

He is an all-rounder and can do the role of finisher. Gregory has played different leagues across the globe.

Craig Overton:

(1 M, 7 O, 0 W)

He is a Bowling allrounder. Craig Overton only played one ODI match but he have very good records in List A matches, Where he took 90 wickets in 69 matches.

Matt Parkinson:

(2 M, 10.4 O, 0 W)

He is a Legbreak bowler. Matt played only 2 ODIs.

Jake Ball:

(18 M, 157.5 O, 21 W)

Jake Ball is also a right-arm fast bowler and has a bit of international experience. He picks up wickets but also leaks runs.

Pakistan top picks for Dream11:

Babar Azam:

(80 M, 3808 R, 56.84 A)

Babar is currently the No.1 ODI batsman and also the skipper of the team. He has 13 centuries and 17 fifties to his name. Babar Azam is a very good Captain and Vice-captain choice in the ENG vs PAK Dream11 team.

Mohammad Rizwan:

(38 M, 772 R, 28.59)

Rizwan is the wicketkeeper-batsman of the team and has been in brilliant form in the T20Is. He is also a must-have pick in ENG vs PAK Dream11 Team Prediction.

Fakhar Zaman:

(50 M, 2262 R, 49.17 A)

He opens the innings for the team and is a left-handed batsman. Fakhar is one of the Top-10 batsmen in the ODI format.


(43 M, 1966 R, 51.73 A)

Imam-ul-Haq is a opening batsman. He played 43 ODI matches and scored 1966 runs.

Hasan Ali:

(54 M, 434.4 O, 83 W)

He is a right-arm fast bowler and can also be handy with the bat. Hasan Ali will be leading the pace attack of the team.

Shaheen Afridi:

(25, 213.3 O, 51 W)

Shaheen is a young left-arm fast bowler and has been very impressive in the short span of his career. 

Haris Rauf:

(5 M, 46 O, 8 W)

He bowls consistently over 140 Kmph. Rauf is not much experienced in the ODI format, but he could be effective in pitches like Sophia Gardens.

Shadab Khan:

(45 M, 383 R, 25.53 A + 365 O, 59 W)

Shadab is a young all-rounder and can perform equally well with both bat and ball.

Faheem Ashraf:

(28 M, 202 R, 12.62 A + 190.2 O, 23 W)

He is a bowling all-rounder but can play some big shots down the order. Faheem can also play the role of finisher.

ENG vs PAK Dream11 Prediction

This is looking a risky match for Small Leagues so try to play Grand League on Dream11.

England vs Pakistan 1st ODI Dream11 Team for Small Leagues:

Final Team:

M Rizwan

B Azam (Vc), I Haq, D Malan

B Stokes (C), L Gregory, Shadab Khan

C Overton, S Mahmood, Hasan Ali, S Afridi

Captain and Vice-captain choices

  • Ben Stokes
  • Babar Azam
  • M Rizwan
  • Dawid Malan
  • Shaheen Afridi
  • Hasan Ali
  • James Vince

How to choose the best Captain and Vice-Captain in Dream11

We will update the final Fantasy Team on Telegram Channel.

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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