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ICC ODI World Cup 2023: Pakistan vs. England 44th Match at Eden Gardens Who will win today’s match between PAK and ENG?

ICC ODI World Cup 2023: Pakistan vs England 44th Match at Eden Gardens. Who will win today’s match between PAK vs ENG?

I. Introduction 

The 44th Match high-stakes contest between Pakistan and England at Eden Gardens promises to be an exciting finale to their group stage clashes. Pakistan is fighting for survival in the tournament with four wins from 8 matches and needs to beat England to stay in the semi-final race. As for England's campaign, it has been not very reassuring, with two wins from 8 games. They are already out of contention but will look to dent Pakistan's hopes and end on a high by playing party spoilers.

II. England Squad 

England has a formidable top-order comprising in-form Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan despite injuries. Captain Jos Buttler marshals the middle-order well. Legspinner Adil Rashid leads the spin attack, while Chris Woakes and David Willey provide pace-bowling options.

III. Pakistan Squad 

Pakistan remains reliant on star batters Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan for runs. Fakhar Zaman and Abdullah Shafique need big scores to open the innings. Spin twins Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan hold keys with the ball. Veterans Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf led the pace attack.

IV. England's Performance in the tournament so far 

England has won just twice in their seven games despite boasting a star-studded lineup. Batting failures have been common as they failed to chase modest targets against West Indies and New Zealand. Dawid Malan is their lone warrior with 373 runs. Moeen Ali chipped in occasionally, but others failed to repay the captain's faith.

V. Pakistan's Performance in the tournament so far 

Pakistan finds themselves in a must-win situation, having lost as many games. Despite Babar and Rizwan's consistency, middle-order collapses cost them games. Afridi and Rauf mauled top batting lineups but leaked runs in other games. Nawaz proved a skipper's delight, but others need match practice badly to support the leaders.

VI. England's Key Players

Jonny Bairstow has lived up to his billing, emerging as the team's highest run-getter. Captain Jos Buttler needs a big knock to lead from the front. All-rounder Moeen Ali lends balance but has yet to quite deliver with bat or ball. David Willey has shown glimpses but needs support from others. Adil Rashid has tried but single-handedly cannot win matches.

VII. Pakistan's Key Players 

The dependable duo of Babar Azam (282 runs) and Mohammad Rizwan (359 runs) have kept them afloat. Fakhar Zaman's return to form augurs well for the top-order. Shadab Khan has emerged as a lead spinner, picking ten wickets. Shaheen Shah Afridi leads the pace attack, inspiring teammates with fiery spells. Haris Rauf's accuracy makes him a vital cog. Some late heroics from tailenders may swing the match.

VIII. Match Preview 

Eden Gardens track aids both bat and ball, depending on overhead conditions. The persistent threat of rain could make it difficult for the groundskeepers to produce a balanced surface. England would want to bat first if they win the toss and put runs on board to test Pakistan's batters. If Pakistan does well to chase or set a target over 300, they have realistic chances of securing a morale-boosting win against England.

IX. Predicted Playing 11 for both sides 

England: Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi

Both sides look set to back their strongest lineups with much at stake. However, the captain's choice and conditions on the day may force a rare change or two.

X. Match Prediction 

Pakistan remains a formidable opponent when forced to the wall despite losing momentum. England, though, will take confidence from their recent 3-0 ODI series win at home. But motivation and a do-or-die situation could help Pakistan pip England if Babar and Rizwan fire. Pakistan has a real shot at victory to create further chaos in the points table. But England may be expected to play party spoilers. 

Prediction: Pakistan to win with a high score of four wickets.

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