About the Match
Setting up a series win by winning the second consecutive match against Pakistan by 5 wickets, Australia looks confident to hand-out a 3-0 whitewash to the hosts when they meet again for the 3rd ODI on 12th Oct at Abu Dhabi. The team from down-under dominated Pakistan completely as they restricted the opponents to 215 runs, which was successfully achieved by the Aussie batsmen in 43 overs. Pakistan will now have to redeem itself by trying to win the last match of the series before the start of the test series later in the month; on the other hand Australia will be eager to continue with their winning momentum.
Though Ahmed Shehzad and Sarfraz Ahmed did a brilliant job for the team, setting up a 126-run opening stand, with both of them scoring 60 odd runs, the middle-order once again collapsed without a fight. The captain, Misbah-ul-Haq failed to lead from the front and even the flamboyant Umar Akmal, who had scored well in the last match, couldn’t change the fortunes of the team; players like Asad Shafiq and Fawad Alam tried to salvage the innings but didn’t get enough support from the others. The team is demotivated and they will need to play extra hard if they want to earn back some of the respect; on the bowling front, the players exhibited a disciplined attack but hardly had a good total to defend against the Aussie might of Warner and Maxwell. Though Zulfiqar Babar, Irfan and Raza Hasan took wickets at a regular pace, they couldn’t stop the opponents from reaching the target of 216 runs. The players need to rise above their weaknesses and play with more confidence if they want to win the last match and redeem themselves.
They continue to play as a well-knit team, supporting each other and succeeding at complete annihilation of the opponents; bowling first in the last match, Mitchell Johnson and a combined effort from Lyon, Doherty, Faulkner and Richardson broke the backbone of the Pakistani batting line-up, restricting them to just 215 runs. The bowlers were precise in their efforts and executed the plan to perfection; a good combination of pace and spin helps the team dominate and results in total suffocation for the opponent in scoring the runs. The batsmen have been in top form and with Maxwell’s 76 off 81 balls, the team easily won the match by the 44th over; Warner, Bailey, Haddin and Faulkner chipped in with good scores to ensure a series win. Overall, this team is a tough one to beat either on their home soil or away and they look good to achieve a 3-0 victory with ease here.
Though Pakistan will be eager to save face and win the remaining match of the series on Sunday, the Aussies are fully capable to disallow the opponents any chance at victory. While the match will surely be well-fought by Pakistan, probably with some renewed vigour, Australia looks better placed to emerge victorious once again.
Australia, 1.40 @ Bet365