About the Match
Australia won the only T20I of the series against Pakistan on Sunday to start off on winning note, displaying an all-round performance with bat and ball; the three-match one-day series starts on 7th Oct, with the first match scheduled to be played at Sharjah. Restricting Pakistan to 96 runs, the Aussie spinners gave the team a major boost and the batsmen ensured that they won the match comfortably. The upcoming match will be a huge test for the Pakistani contingent, to show improvement in all departments of the game whereas Australia will be eager to continue with their winning momentum on Tuesday.
The bowling unit lacks the punch with the spin maestro, Saeed Ajmal missing the series; however, with bowlers like Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz and Raza Hasan who have been performing well Pakistan can be expected to throw some surprises at the opposing batsmen. In the T20 match yesterday, the batsmen fell like a pack of cards, unable to withstand the spinners’ tactics and failed to build partnerships, getting bundled out for a mere 96 runs. They need to pull up their socks and stick their feet firmly on the ground if they want to throw some challenge to the Aussie batsmen. While openers, Ahmed Shehzad and Sarfraz Ahmed can definitely do better by showing perseverance and trying to build the foundation of the innings, players like Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq and Sohaib Maqsood must step up to answer the Aussie spinners and pacemen convincingly. Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam, Asad Shafiq and other established all-rounders will be a great asset provided the captain can use them well according to the strategy. The team needs to rise above its weaknesses and keep a cool head above its shoulders if it wants to win the contest against the fiery Australians.
Glenn Maxwell’s 3-13 demolished the hopes of the Pakistan team and helped in getting the better of the opponents by restricting them to just 96 runs in the T20 match; along with Mitchell Starc and Cameron Boyce, who took 3 wickets between them, Maxwell crushed the entire top and middle order of the Pakistani batting line-up. The spinners are in tremendous form and fast bowlers like Mitchell Johnson, Faulkner, Abbott and Richardson are an added advantage to make this team a formidable force to reckon with. The batsmen achieved the 96-run target in a hurry, with David Warner blasting away an unbeaten 53 off 39 balls and along with Maxwell’s all-round efforts, helped the team win the match easily with 6 overs to spare. The team has established batsmen like Brad Haddin, Warner, Aaron Finch and the captain Gerorge Bailey himself; along with youngsters like Steven Smith, Philip Hughes and other all-rounders they can be a tough team to beat even under critical conditions.
By winning the T20 match on Sunday, Australia has already received a major morale boost going in to the one-day series; Pakistan must have learnt some bitter lessons from this defeat and they will definitely come back stronger. Though the hosts will fight will all their might, they need a lot of improvement; the Aussies, who exude confidence and determination look better placed to win here.
Australia, 1.40 @ Bet365