England v Pakistan, the Oval, 3rd ODI Match Preview England registered a thrilling final-over win against an improved Pakistan in the second ODI. Although Pakistan lost a close game, yet they can take heart from a better showing. The batting clicked but it was the bowling and fielding that let Pakistan down. Todays game is going to be a must-win affair for Pakistan for if they lose, the series will be over for them. Pakistans batting is looking good and on traditionally flat Oval surface, they should come good. The bowling is Pakistans main worry with only Shoaib Akhtar and Saeed Ajmal making some kind of an impact. Abdul Razzaq is expected replace Mohammad Irfan but whether he will be able to improve the strength of the visitors, remain to be seen. Shahid Afridi will have to improve his all-round game as his lack of runs and wickets is hurting Pakistan. England, in the meanwhile, will be going all-out for a win which will ensure a series victory for them. Andrew Strauss led from the front with a belligerent ton in the last ODI and will again be their mainstay. England will be looking for an improved bowling display as on Sunday their bowlers went for quite a few runs. England possesses an incisive bowling line and one expects them to come back hard after an off-day in the second ODI. There is enough spark in both the sides to bounce back emphatically and keep the series alive. Players to watch Kamran Akmal has been the batting hero for Pakistan in the last two games. He will once again be expected to come good with the bat to give Pakistan another good start. Steve Davies has batted well for England and he will be playing at his home ground. Playing for Surrey he will know the conditions well and his vibrant batting at the top of the order has proved fruitful. Head to head and conditions Oval has been a happy hunting ground for Pakistan traditionally. With a flat pitch in the offing, Pakistan will fancy their chances. Being a day and night game, batting first will be a good idea. Nabeel Sabir