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On comeback trail, England eye revenge – Pakistan vs England, 4th ODI – Prediction

[box type=”shadow” align=”alignleft” class=”” width=””]Prediction: England should have an edge over a trying Pakistan. Game will have its ups and downs, but England should stay strong enough to defeat Pakistan. We remain with England for this game.[/box]

england pakIf cricket were a ladder, Pakistan and England are two teams passing each other by – Pakistan are climbing down, while England are clambering over them on their way to the top.

The team from the subcontinent enjoyed unprecedented highs in the recently concluded Test series against the men representing the birthplace of the game. Pakistan beat England comprehensively 2-0 to climb up to No.2 in the Test rankings. England, on the other hand, are meting out the same treatment to Pakistan in the ODI series, and will hope to exact revenge for the Test series loss by winning the 4th and final game.

While the first ODI went to Pakistan, England have surged back in the next two games, and lead the series 2-1 with the this, the final ODI left to play. The 3rd ODI in Sharjah brought warm tidings in the form of Joss Butler and James Taylor. Both displayed remarkable calm in the middle order to take England home. Taylor, especially, is turning out to be a fine player of spin. And Buttler’s return to form with an unbeaten 49 only bodes well for the Englishmen.

Meanwhile, all is not well in the Pakistan camp. The fact that they collapsed from 132-2 to 161-8 didn’t help their cause either. Now, there are reports that their are voices of dissent growing increasingly louder against coach Waqar Younis. There are questions marks over the continued absence of Ahmed Shehzad, and captain Azhar Ali has failed to motivate his men.

The Dubai pitch will possibly provide even bounce and plenty of pace. It will also suit the side batting second under the lights, so the toss will prove crucial.

Pakistan have a chance to tie the series and save face, but England, who have won both their ODIs in Dubai in the past, will want to wrap things up nicely. A positive end to the series will cement captain Eoin Morgan’s young side as a serious contender in the 50-over format.

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