The 44th match of the ODI World Cup 2023 is set to witness a showdown between England and Pakistan at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday, November 11.

Currently positioned fifth in the standings with eight points and boasting a net run rate of +0.036, Pakistan faces a crucial scenario to qualify for the semifinals. To secure a spot in the final four, they must defeat England either by a margin of 287 runs while batting first or by around 284 balls to spare if chasing the target.

The high-stakes match is expected to be a defining moment for both teams as England, too, need to register a win in their last league match of the tournament to book a place for the 2025 Champions Trophy.

ODI Stats and Records at MA Chidambaram Stadium:

  • Total matches: 38
  • Matches won batting first: 22
  • Matches won bowling first: 15
  • Average 1st innings scores: 242
  • Average 2nd innings scores: 198
  • Highest total recorded: 404/5 (50 Ov) by India vs Sri Lanka
  • Lowest total recorded: 63/10 (39.3 Ov) by India Women vs England Women
  • Highest score chased: 317/3 (48.1 Ov) by India Women vs Sri Lanka
  • Lowest score defended: 195/10 (50 Ov) by India vs South Africa

Eden Gardens Pitch Report:

The iconic cricket ground at Eden Gardens in Kolkata has solidified its reputation as a haven for high-scoring matches, with a consistent trend favouring the batsmen. Sporting an average first innings score of 242, the pitch unmistakably tilts heavily in favour of the batting side, setting the stage for thrilling displays of run-scoring prowess.

As matches progress into the second innings, a recurring pattern emerges, with an average score of 198, further underscoring the pitch’s inclination to provide ample opportunities for batters to make their mark. This characteristic has contributed to the ground’s status as a favourite among cricket enthusiasts who relish the spectacle of boundary-laden encounters.

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Kolkata Weather Forecast:

One can anticipate a day of clear and sunny weather in Kolkata, with a low chance of rain ensuring an uninterrupted match for fans and spectators. The temperature at the venue is expected to hover around 27 degrees Celsius, accompanied by a humidity level of approximately 57%. A mild breeze is also in the forecast, flowing at a speed of 5 kmph.

ENG vs PAK, Probable Playing XI

England: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Gus Atkinson

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

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