PAK vs AUS Prediction: With the power-packed PSL now done and dusted, Pakistan would host Australia – after a period of almost 24 years – for 3 Tests, 3 ODIs and a lone T20I, with the series kicking off on February 4 (Friday) with the first Test to be played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. As far as the performances are concerned in the whites, both Pakistan and Australia had scored wins in their respective red-ball series ahead of the forthcoming Benaud-Qadir trophy; Pakistan had beaten Bangladesh by 2-0 in their own den, while Australia snatched the Ashes by 4-0 at home. Both sides have a good deal of star performers, and in all likelihood, the fans will get to witness plenty of nerves and action in both long-format and the limited-overs contests that are about to surface.
Our PAK vs AUS Dream11 Team Prediction picks Pakistan as the slight favorite to win this match.
Bet 365: PAK 2.50, AUS 2.60, Draw 3.75
Batsmen shouldn’t have much difficulty on this wicket. Picking an experienced batter in Babar Azam, who knows these conditions well, and the duo of Steve Smith and David Warner, as they both enjoy batting against Pakistan, would be the best choice for this matchup.
Steve Smith Stats against Pakistan in Tests
|9||755||53.93||2/5||27 & 0, 23 & 67, 16, 6 & 93, 12|
David Warner Stats against Pakistan in Tests
|7||1083||108.40||5/2||0 & 0, 3 & 30, 38, 13 & 95, 94|
Babar Azam Stats at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Tests
|3||330||110||2/1||76, 13* & 10, 33 & 75, 55 & 30, 2|
Among the bowlers, the vital cogs in the fantasy line-up would be Pat Cummins, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Nathan Lyon.
Shaheen Shah Afridi Stats at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Tests
|3||12||19.83||2/31 & 1/3, 5/32 & 2/70, 4/43 & 6/51|
Pat Cummins Stats in Tests
|38||185||21.19||6/1||3/42 & 4/45, 2/80 & 2/68, 0/19 & 3/36|
Nathan Lyon Stats in Tests
|105||415||19.83||18/3||2/28 & 2/88, 3/36, 2/55 & 3/58|
Today match Pitch Report
If PAK bats first: 300-320
If AUS bats first: 280-300
The wicket for this fixture looks pretty flat with no stains of grass. As per PAK vs AUS Today Match Prediction, it’s likely that the batters would have a major say in the first couple of days while the spinners and pacers would have an upper hand as the game progresses. The weather’s going to be sunny on the first day, with chances of rain being anticipated for the third day and cloud cover on the remaining days.
With Abdullah Shafique at the opening slot, the hosts could send either Imam-ul-Haq or Shan Masood, thereby enforcing the left-hand right-hand combination. In the bowling department, pacer Mohammad Wasim Jr could make his debut and form a trio alongside Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi. Spinners Sajid Khan and Nauman Ali would be anticipated to get the desirable turns in the later stages. As far as the visitors are concerned, their batting department looks pretty much sorted. Bowling-wise, they might opt for three pacers in Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, if not for two spinners, with either Mitchell Swepson or Ashton Agar to assist Nathon Lyon.
PAK Playing XI: Shan Masood, Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah
AUS Playing XI: Usman Khwaja, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
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