ABOUT THE MATCH
Australia will be keen to make up for a lost time after the first game in this series was curtailed by the rain with them well on top against Pakistan. The hosts were cruising towards victory when the match was declared a no result. The second game of the series takes place on November 5 at 19:10 local time at the Manuka Oval.
They had come into this series in great form too beating Sri Lanka with David Warner in inspired batting form. All of these matches serve as warm-ups for next year’s World T20 in Australia, for which the hosts seem to be shaping up superbly.
Pakistan, on the other hand, had Babar Azam in excellent form but little else to shout about in the first game. They are looking to bounce back from a chastening 3-0 defeat to Sri Lanka last month.
In the previous game, Australia had won the toss and elected to field first. Whoever wins the toss will look to bat first on a batting pitch.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The pitch at Manuka Oval favours batsman a lot and we can expect some totals posting on the board. As per Forecast, there is no rain predicted for the day.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF AUSTRALIA
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Alex Carey (wk), Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Kane Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF PAKISTAN
Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan
- Australia was unchanged from the final match of the T20i series with Sri Lanka for the opening game of this series.
- Ben McDermott had come into the team to replace Glenn Maxwell, who is absent due to mental health issues.
- Australia came into this series on the back of three dominant wins against Sri Lanka, and they looked to be heading for another big victory until the rain-curtailed their efforts at Sydney.
- They had restricted Pakistan to 107/5 from 15 overs in rain-reduced first innings and were cruising to their revised target at 41/0 from just 19 balls when the rain returned and forced an early finish.
- Pakistan has a much-changed squad from the defeat to Sri Lanka, but there was no place for Musa Khan, Khushdil Shah and Usman Qadir in the opening game of the series.
- With Sarfaraz Ahmed not touring, Babar Azam is captain and Mohammad Rizwan is wicket-keeper.
- Mohammad Irfan made his international return last time out, meanwhile. Pakistan’s batting has been below par so far, though there were some signs of recovery with Babar Azam’s unbeaten half-century in the opening game.
- While they appeared sluggish, 107/5 from 15 overs could have provided a good platform to kick on from in normal 20-over innings.
- After few defeats Nevertheless, after three heavy defeats to Sri Lanka and only avoiding a loss first up because of the rain, confidence is unlikely to be high.
PROBABLE WINNING TEAM:
Australia will is better equipped than Pakistan, and we hope the kangaroos will end the match on flying colors.
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