Australia and Pakistan will take on each other in 2rd ODI at Abu Dhabi International Stadium. Australia will be carrying a lot of momentum into the match, having won first two ODI’s.
Australia are on a rampage in the ODIs at the moment. After struggling for a long time in the format, they have won five matches on the trot. As far as this series is concerned, they are leading the five-match series by 2-0 and are the favourites to seal the series in the third game.
So it is now five out of five for Australia. Winning the last five matches for a team which was struggling to even stitch together a solitary victory is certainly an achievement.
After suffering from two humiliating defeats of eight wickets each at Sharjah, Pakistan are looking to halt the win spree of Australia when both will meet in the third One-day International at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
If Australia win the third ODI, they will also secure the series with two games remaining.
They have clashed in 100 ODIs so far as Australia have been superiors with 64 wins against Pakistan’s 32 whereas one match was tied and three gave no result.
Under inspiring captaincy of Aaron Finch, who led his team from the front as his two back-to-back centuries guided Australia to two successive victories, and they proved their supremacy over the inexperienced Pakistan team, playing without its six senior players including regular captain Sarfraz Ahmed.
Though Pakistani batsmen displayed good batting performances, scoring 280 and 284 on a slow pitch, with Haris Sohail and Mohammad Rizwan made individual hundreds but they went in vain as Australia successfully chased the daunting targets, losing only two wickets on each occasion.
Pakistani bowlers, who always give better performance than the batsmen, failed to stop Australians batting invasion on both times.
Date: Wednesday March 27, 2019
Timing: 04:00 PM PKT
Venue: Abu Dhabi
Weather: A cloudy day is predicted in Abu Dhabi but rain is unlikely to play any part.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The Abu Dhabi track is a spin track. Spin is expected to play an important role in Abu Dhabi.
Head to Head:
Matches: 100 | Australia: 64 | Pakistan: 32 | NR: 4
Australia: W W W W W (completed matches, most recent first)
Pakistan: L L L W L
Aaron Finch registered his 13th ODI century in the last match as the visitors chased down a steep target of 284 with two overs to spare.
Australia is likely ti field the same playing XI. Khawaja and Finch will go up front with Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb and Alex Carey coming in the middle order.
The duo of Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa did extremely well in choking the flow of runs on Abu Dhabi track.
Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson heads home as he dislocated his shoulder in the last match. Pat Cummins who was rested for first two ODI’s is likely to replace Jhye Richardson in the 3rd ODI.
Australia’s Probable XI:
1. Aaron Finch (capt), 2. Usman Khawaja,, 3. Peter Handscomb, 4. Marcus Stoinis, 5. Shaun Marsh, 6. Ashton Turner, 7. Alex Carey (wk), 8. Nathan Lyon, 9. Pat Cummins, 10. Adam Zampa, 11. NM Coulter-Nile
Pakistan are taking the opportunity to try youngsters ahead of the World Cup. Pakistan have rested a lot of their key players. Veteran batsman Shoaib Malik is leading the side in the absence of regular skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed.
We might see at least one of Abid Ali and Saad Ali making their debuts in the 3rd ODI. One of them might replace Imam-ul-Haq or Shan Masood.
Pakistan has rested Faheem Ashraf for the last three Australia ODIs. Mohammad Amir is likely to replace Faheem Ashraf and Junaid Khan might replace Mohammad Abbas who is yet to make a big impact in ODI’s.
Pakistan’s Probable XI:
1. Imam-ul-Haq / Saad Ali, 2. Shan Masood / Abid Ali, 3. Haris Sohail, 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Shoaib Malik (capt), 6. Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 7. Imad Wasim 8. Mohammad Amir, 9. Yasir Shah, 10. Junaid Khan / Usman Shinwari, 11. Mohammad Hasnain
Players to watch:
1. Shoaib Malik – Batsman, Pakistan
Skipper of the Pakistan can have a good start to the series if he takes off in a batsman friendly pitch in Sharjah on Friday. Malik is a smart player and plays well to the situation. He has been very consistent with the runs for Pakistan in the last year and could be one of the most important players in the series.
2. Umar Akmal – Batsman, Pakistan
Pakistan needs Umar Akmal to be at the very top of his game. And if he manages that, Pakistan are definitely on their way to a victory. In fine-form, Umar Akmal has had no rust coming at the back of a successful season at the PSL. Umar Akmal’s form is imperative to Pakistan’s success, and the batsman could very well turn the match on its head. Umar Akmal could have a good evening on Friday.
3. Aaron Finch – Batsman, Australia
Australia’s captain Aaron Finch is a man on a mission. Arguably the most in-form player in this Australian team, Aaron Finch comes to the form after a very bad season. He notched up his career best 155* in the last ODI against at Sharjah.
4. Usman Khawaja – Batsman, Australia
The player of the series against India, Usman Khawaja showed why he is one of the best at handling pressure situations. Khawaja struck 383 runs, including two centuries, in Australia’s 3-2 series win over India earlier this month. Khawaja is capable of a huge knock that could have a big impact in the game and is Australia’s trump card.
Stats and Travia:
- Australia have won 10 of the last 11 ODIs they have played against Pakistan. The only loss came at the MCG in a five-match series in 2017 that Australia won 4-1.
- If Usman Khawaja scores more than two runs, he will overtake Virat Kohli to become the leading ODI scorer in 2019.