About the Match
Winning the first test against Australia emphatically by a massive 221 runs, Pakistan registered a historic victory against all odds and has received a major morale boost when it goes into the 2nd test against the Aussies on 30th Oct at Abu Dhabi. Taking the lead in the series 1-0, Pakistan will look to win the series with a repeat performance of their winning strategies while Australia will put its best foot forward to learn from its previous mistakes and come out stronger here. It will be interesting to see if Pakistan succeeds in keeping the lead and ends the 20-year drought of a series win against Australia.
It was a breath-taking performance by Zulfiqar Babar, who took 5-74 and Yasir Shah, who registered a figure of 4-50, as they annihilated the Aussie batting line-up without giving them any space to score runs and scripting the route to victory; the team is confident despite the absence of experienced players like Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan and they have emerged as a very strong and resourceful side. In the batting performance too they excelled with Younis Khan and Sarfraz Ahmed posting well-made centuries to take the total to 454; Ahmed Shehzad bettered his performance and came back with a 131 off 233 in the 2nd innings while Younis repeated his good skills in the middle. The middle order is also looking good with Misbah and Asad Shafiq rotating strikes and building a good partnership. The Pakistani spin attack is very strong in these conditions and the Aussies will have to re-strategize if they want to overcome the challenge; this victory has definitely given them the edge to take their campaign ahead on a positive note. Overall, the players are determined and confident to continue with their winning momentum and win the series.
A 221-run humiliating defeat was surely a shocking experience for the Aussies, who have till now dominated Pakistan in this format of the game; with a target of 438 runs in the 2nd innings, the top order collapsed against the spin attack by Babar and Yasir with the scoreboard down to 4-49 by the 17th over. Apart from Rogers, Smith and Johnson, the rest of the batsmen failed to apply any technique to thwart the tactics of the Pakistani bowlers as they were all demolished for 216 by the 92nd over. David Warner had shown some fight in the first innings as he registered 133 off 174 deliveries but with hardly any support from the others; it was a dismal performance and they will need to pull up their socks if they want to keep their hopes alive. On the bowling front, Johnson and Steve O’ Keefe look promising while Siddle, Lyon and Smith also contributed well in the first innings; however, they too need to be more precise and sharp if they want to unsettle the Pakistani batting line-up which looks very capable at the moment.
While the Aussies will definitely come back stronger to avenge their defeat in the first test, Pakistan which is on the verge of making history here, will be very determined to keep their winning momentum going. Although the match will be a well-fought one, we feel that Pakistan will leave no stone unturned to win this contest and take the title.
Pakistan, 4.00 @ Bet365