Pakistan will take on Australia in the second Twenty20 International (T20I) in Canberra on Tuesday with both teams looking to take ascendancy in the three-match series.
The first of three T20Is between Australia and Pakistan on Sunday in Sydney was abandoned due to rain, with no result declared.
The Babar Azam-led Pakistan team did not take part in training session ahead of the match as they took a four-hour bus trip to reach from Sydney to Canberra. Pakistan team dinner was hosted by High Commissioner H.E. Babar Amin at High Commission of Pakistan, upon team’s arrival in Australia’s capital city.
Date: Tuesday November 05, 2019
Timing: 01:10 PM PKT
Weather: It is expected to be a fairly cool evening in Canberra, with temperatures perhaps dropping under ten degrees by the time the game finishes.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The Manuka Oval has never hosted a T20I before, so how the pitch plays in those conditions is something of an unknown.
Head to Head:
Matches: 21 | Australia: 7 | Pakistan: 12 | NR: 2
Australia: W W W W W (completed matches, most recent first)
Pakistan: L L L L W
Given how well the contest in Sydney turned out for them, it would be unsurprising to see Australia line up with the same team in Canberra.
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 is expected to make no changes to the lineup that took part in the first T20I despite question marks over pacer Mohammad Irfan’s bowling form.
Sources have revealed that Bowling Coach Waqar Younis comforted the lanky fast-bowler, after the match on Sunday, as he was dejected due to his lacklustre bowling performance — which saw him concede 31 runs in two overs.
Opener Fakhar Zaman is also likely to get the nod for second T20I despite his poor run of form in the past few matches. The left-handed’s T20I record since his 91-run innings against Australia, in July 2018, has seen him score only 108 runs in 11 innings.
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
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.
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.
Stats and Travia:
- Australia’s last T20I loss came three weeks shy of a year ago when India beat them by six wickets in Sydney.
- Before this series, Australia had only once previously played Pakistan in a T20I on Australian soil – in February 2010. The only two players who played then and are also in the current squads are Smith and Warner.