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While Australia's road to the final was like a walk in the park, Pakistan hit a speed bump before eventually reaching the final. Pakistan will be relieved to win against Zimbabwe which means that their next game against Australia which is to be played on 5th July will be a 'dress rehearsal' before the final. After a terrible series against England, Australia will be a relieved team to score two wins in two games. Pakistan, too, are in top-notch form and despite their loss earlier in the series, they cannot be taken lightly in any way whatsoever.
Similar to their first game, Fakhar Zaman set the tempo for the Pakistani innings in a bid to chase 162. Zaman together with Haris Sohail put together 56 runs in the powerplay. Sohail has struggled in the series so far and he'd be looking at the next game as an opportunity.
With 68 to get off 50 after Fakhar Zaman's departure, Sarfraz led their batting beautifully as he kept the runs flowing by rotating the strike and finding gaps to take occasional boundaries. Mohammad Talat departed playing a good knock with 25 still to get. It could have been a tricky last couple of overs had Shoaib Malik not hit those couple of boundaries.
Although it was an improved show from the hosts, the challenge to beat the number-one ranked team proved too big for them. Pakistan bowling was shattered to pieces in their last encounter against Australia and their batting could not stand up against the pace of Stanlake and Tye. It's a new day and a new match and Pakistan must forget the happenings of other day and put their best foot forward in what could be termed as a preparatory game before final.
F Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi.
Unlike their English tour, it's been a pretty easy-going series for the Aussies. They won both their games with extraordinary ease. Skipper Aaron Finch has been on a rampage who has taken the confidence and morale of the team from floor to sky single-handedly. He has scored close to 250 runs so far in the series including a fifty and a 172-run knock.
Finch has scored close to sixty percent of Australia's total runs which can be seen both positively and negatively. Its positive aspect is that his batting has been so impactful that strong innings from him almosts ascertain a good batting display from the Aussies. On the flip side, not many batsmen barring D'Arcy Short have spent the required time in the middle. Although it's been an Aaron Finch show throughout the series as far as Australian batting is concerned, they bat deep with the likes of Maxwell, Stoinis, and Agar in the middle order.
With Billy Stanlake leading the charts, their bowling, too, has been nothing short of stellar. Stanlake's pace and bounce proved too hot to handle for Pakistan when the two teams met a couple of days ago. The pitch has been a bit on the slower side and Andrew Tye has thrived beautifully here. Ashton Agar has contributed well with the ball and his useful knocks down the order has added to the depth of their batting. Australia have looked an altogether different unit in this series and unless it's a last minute injury they'll go into the game unchanged.
Aaron Finch, D'Arcy Short, TM Head, Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, AJ Tye, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake.
The surface has been excellent to bat in the series so far and while it has shown signs of getting slow, it hasn't really affected the team batting second. Therefore, expect the team winning the toss to bowl first.
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It's expected to be a warm and sunny day with no chances of rain. As has been the case in all the games so far, another high-scoring contest in on the cards, thanks to Harare's true batting surface with even carry to the keeper and short boundaries.
Pakistan included Mohammad Amir for their Zimbabwe game, but he did not had the sort of impact Pakistan anticipated. Pakistan will be banking on him to put brakes on Aaron Finch who's been in free-flowing form. Pakistan have been good with their batting, but their batsmen have struggled to finish games in a clinical manner. Australia, on the other hand, have been clinical in the so far. Their bowlers have looked lethal in this series and Aaron Finch's form has stolen the show twice. With excellent form and a win in their previous encounter against Pakistan, back Australia to win the final league match of the series.
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