About the Match
Taking a 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series against Pakistan, Australia will be eager to continue with their winning momentum when the two teams meet again for the 2nd ODI at Dubai on 10th Oct. Winning the first match by a whopping margin of 93 runs, Australia dominated over the hosts throughout the game, setting a target of 256 runs for the opponents, which they failed to achieve. The upcoming match is a must-win for Pakistan if they want to keep the series alive; the team from down under, however, looks very determined to clinch the title.
Chasing 256 runs, the Pakistani batting line-up was all at sea with wickets falling like a pack of cards; the team is low on confidence and will need to pull up its socks if they want to keep their hopes alive. Except for Umar Akmal, who scored 46 off 57 balls and Sarfraz Ahmed, who scored 34 runs, all others were unable to withstand the pressure and were all out by the 37th over. Players like Ahmed Shehzad, Shahid Afridi and the captain Misbah-ul-Haq himself need to take their responsibilities more seriously and motivate the youngsters to give their best. On the bowling front, Afridi delivered to perfection, taking 3 wickets and giving away only 46 runs from his spell; Wahab Riaz who is in tremendous form, contributed with 2 wickets to help the bowling unit restrict Australia to 255 runs. There was good support from other players like Mohammad Irfan, Zulfiqar Babar and Fawad Alam who took a wicket each at regular pace; however, the batting line-up crumbled under pressure. They need to regain their confidence and make a comeback here to square the series before it’s all over.
While Finch continued to struggle with the bat, youngster Steven Smith’s incredible 101 off 118 balls along with contribution by Warner’s 43 runs ensured the team got to a good total batting first in the opening one-day match against Pakistan. The middle order also performed well with players like Maxwell, Haddin and Johnson down the line keeping the scoreboard alive with their quick two’s and boundaries. Smith is in good form and along with the experienced players like Bailey, Warner and Finch, can build a solid foundation for the team whether batting first or in chasing; the bowlers have been phenomenal with Johnson taking 3 wickets in the last game and Lyon and Maxwell claiming 2 wickets each. Abbott and Richardson took a wicket each and helped the bowlers keep pressure on the Pakistani batsmen; Lyon’s bowling was very tight and with Johnson going for the kill with his pace attack, the duo was successful in causing a batting collapse in the opposing team. The team is a formidable force to reckon with and it will take a lot of work from the Pakistani contingent to threaten their determination to win here.
Australia has got off to a good start by winning the first match and strengthening their confidence for the upcoming matches; Pakistan on the other hand looks demoralized and needs to work on delivering as a team. With the psychological advantage with the Aussies, they clearly go in as favourites to win the second match and take the series.
Australia, 1.40 @ Bet365