England v Pakistan 2nd ODI - Saturday 10:30, Sky Sports 2
A gulf in class at the top of the innings came to the fore on Wednesday. Although Hales went cheaply, Roy and Root marched on brilliantly and after 15 overs were 91-1. In contrast, Pakistan’s top order limped to 65-2 off their first 15 and I expect this to be a common theme throughout the series. 8/11 sees England having the highest first 15 overs, which is an absolute must.
Staying with the England top order and you’ll notice Roy is very much a form player, who cashes in when he is seeing the ball well. He is certainly doing that at the moment and has an apparent enjoyment of facing this Pakistan attack who put plenty of pace on the ball. At this stage, Roy to top score for England in the series looks a sound investment.