Australia and Pakistan in Zimbabwe T20I Tri-Series
Pakistan vs Australia 5th T20 Fantasy Cricket Preview
One team had a stroll, while the other hit a bump before gaining stability to recover and reach the final. Both Australia and Pakistan, however, know the finish line isn’t far away and the penultimate group game on Thursday(July 4) should all but serve as a perfect audition for what’s to come on Sunday.
It’s been a straightforward task for Australia so far. They won both their games without breaking a sweat and are riding high on confidence following a stellar show with the bat from their skipper Aaron Finch. The fact that Finch faced sixty percent of Australia’s deliveries highlights his impact on the series so far. The bowling, too, has been nothing short of magnificent. In their previous encounter against Pakistan, Billy Stanlake hustled and bustled to slump the Asian nation to their biggest loss (in terms of runs) in the format and recorded his best-ever figures in cricket while at it.
The script hasn’t quite been the same for Pakistan though. After brushing off Zimbabwe in the series opener, they stumbled horrifically against the pace of Stanlake before rediscovering character against the home side on Wednesday (July 3). Their recent victory also meant exit doors for Zimbabwe, but the focus, for now, will be on putting up an improved show and helping their number-one ranking stay intact. A loss tomorrow will enable a great opportunity for Australia to seal the number one spot provided they win their final group game against Zimbabwe on Friday(06 July). So, it’s all heating up for an exciting contest.
When: July 5, 01:30 PM IST
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Venue Stats T20:
|Matches won batting first||14|
|Matches won bowling first||6|
|Average 1st Inns scores||152|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||131|
|Highest total recorded||229/2 (20 Ov) by Aus vs Zim|
|Lowest total recorded||113/10 (15.2 Ov) by ZIM vs Pak|
|Highest score chased||144/3 (18 Ov) by Ind vs ZIM|
|Lowest score defended||138/6 (20 Ov) by Ind vs ZIM|
They could field the same eleven that played against Zimbabwe on Wednesday.
They should stick with the winning combination.
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan.
Australia: D Arcy Short, Aaron Finch(c), Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, Alex Carey(w), Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson, Mitchell Swepson, Billy Stanlake, Nic Maddinson, Jhye Richardson, Jack Wildermuth.
Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir.
Aaron Finch(c), D Arcy Short, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake.
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