World number one Twenty20 team Pakistan will take on Australia in the first of a three-match T20I series in Sydney.
Sunday’s opening match of the T20I Series in Sydney not only begins Pakistan’s tour of Australia but also their preparations for the T20 World Cup that is now less than a year away.
Rain is expected to play spoilsport during first Australia, Pakistan T20I. According to weather forecasts, there is 90 per cent chance of rain, with heavy winds and thunderstorms predicted during the afternoon on Sunday in Sydney.
In his first assignment as Pakistan’s full-time Twenty20 International captain, Babar Azam has been tasked with stopping the juggernaut that is Australia at the moment, when they clash in the first of three T20Is in Sydney on Sunday, 3 November.
Azam, who was named Sarfaraz Ahmed’s successor as the new T20I captain after Pakistan’s 3-0 defeat at home against Sri Lanka, will want to make a strong impression in his first game as the side’s skipper. However, he will also be aware that winning against Australia, especially in their current form, will be no easy task.
Australia come into this series on the back of thumping 3-0 win against Sri Lanka. They won each of those games convincingly, and the hallmark of their win was that there were contributions from all corners.
Date: Sunday November 03, 2019
Timing: 08:30 AM PKT
Weather: A thunderstorm is forecast in the afternoon, and the temperature isn’t expected to cross 30 degrees.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The pitch at Sydney has traditionally been good for batting, but it can also offer something for the spinners.
Head to Head:
Matches: 20 | Australia: 7 | Pakistan: 12 | NR: 1
Australia: W W W W W (completed matches, most recent first)
Pakistan: L L L L W
With a lot of players getting into the groove, Australia will be looking at rotating the squad and using all the players effectively.
David Warner was especially brutal against Sri Lanka, scoring over 200 runs in the series without being dismissed once. Aaron Finch, their captain, and Steve Smith were among the runs as well, while the bowling attack fired collectively.
David Warner and Steve Smith occupy spots in the top order with Glenn Maxwell playing as the floater. Alex Carey is one to watch out for at his home ground against the spin threat of Sri Lanka
Australia’s Probable XI:
1. David Warner, 2. Aaron Finch (capt), 3. Steven Smith, 4. Ben McDermott, 5. Ashton Turner, 6. Alex Carey (wk), 7. Ashton Agar, 8. Pat Cummins, 9. Mitchell Starc, 10. Adam Zampa, 11. Kane Richardson
Pakistan picked their experienced players in the warm-up match, which suggests that that’s how they will start the series.
Pakistan have a world number one ranked Twenty20 batsman in Babar Azam, while the batsman like Fakhar and Haris boosts their batting.
On the seam-bowling front, they will have to decide between Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Hasnain.
Pakistan’s Probable XI:
1. Babar Azam (c), 2. Fakhar Zaman, 3. Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 4. Haris Sohail, 5. Iftikhar Ahmed, 6. Asif Ali, 7. Shadab Khan 8. Imad Wasim, 9. Wahab Riaz, 10. Mohammad Amir, 11. Mohammad Irfan / Mohammad Hasnain
Players to watch:
1. Babar Azam – Batsman, Pakistan
Babar Azam is number one ranked Twenty20 batsman. Babar Azam can have a good start to the series if he takes off in a batsman friendly pitch. Babar is a smart player and plays well to the situation. He has been very consistent with the runs for Pakistan and could be one of the most important players in the series.
2. Mohammad Amir – Bowler, Pakistan
Pakistan’s fast bowlers are really capable of wreaking havoc on their day. Mohammad Amir will be looking to rekindle that spark with his accurate bowling.
Amir will be relishing the challenge in Australia with pitches that will favour the left-arm seamer a lot. Amir is as lethal as Starc if he gets into form and if he does, Amir can change the game in an instant.
3. David Warner – Batsman, Australia
With form and experience both by his side, Warner is one of the best candidate in Australia’s batting line-up and probably one of the batsmen to watch out.
The man of the moment currently, David Warner is enjoying his cricket right now. After a slump in form in the Ashes Test series, Warner has looked clinical as he finished with over 200 runs in three games, scoring 50+ runs in all three matches. Warner will be a key player for Australia
4. Pat Cummis – Bowler, Australia
Cummins has been one of the most important player for Australia off late and with performances after performances, Cummins has slowly established himself as a cornerstone in the Australian bowling attack.
Even in the last T20I against Sri Lanka, Cummins picked up two wickets and was economical giving out just five runs an over to round off a decent series for him.
Stats and Travia:
- Pakistan have only played one previous T20I in Australia, back in 2010 when they lost by two runs at the MCG. It was Steven Smith’s international debut.
- A victory for Australia in this match would equal their best run in T20Is of six in a row
Aaron Finch, Australia captain: “They’ve got such a well-rounded attack. You’ve obviously got the height, bounce and pace of (Mohammad) Irfan. Then you’ve got (Mohammad) Amir, who is fast and can swing it. Very skillful. Then you have (Wahab) Riaz with all out pace, who can spray them around at times, but when he gets his line and length right, he’s lethal. Then you have Shadab (Khan), who is a world-class leg-spinner who can mix it up a lot. Mohammad Hasnain is genuine pace with his right-armers, we saw him in the UAE earlier this year. He’s got some real pace.”
Babar Azam, Pakistan captain:“I had come here in 2012 as captain of the Under-19s, and now I am here as the captain of the T20I side. It’s a matter of honour for me. That aside, we are the No. 1 team, and Australia are a very good side now, so you should see good competition. It should be a good challenge for us too.”