PAK vs AUS Prediction: The first Test between Pakistan and Australia didn’t pan out to the expectations. And rightly so, it was a dead wicket at the offer in Rawalpindi, with little to no aid for the bowlers. Pakistan cruised their way to 476/4, with the likes of Imam-ul-Haq (157) and Azhar Ali (185) piling bucketload of runs. Australia too relished the scoring opportunity by racking up 459/10, with Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne dishing out 90-plus runs each, and the likes of David Warner (68) and Steve Smith (75) adding pivotal totals. However, there was a huge positive in Pakistan’s bowling attempt, with Nauman Ali – left-arm orthodox – bagging a 6-for to his name. In the final innings, the hosts toiled the visitors yet again, with the opening duo of Imam (111*) and Abdullah Shafique (136*) forging a 252-run stand for the first wicket, which eventually led to a drawn Test in Rawalpindi. Hopefully, there’s plenty of spice and action in the second Test set to commence from March 12 at National Stadium in Karachi.
Our PAK vs AUS Dream11 Team Prediction picks Pakistan as the slight favorite for this matchup.
Bet 365: PAK 2.37, AUS 2.87, Draw 3.50
For this Test, the top three batsmen for the fantasy lineup would be Steve Smith, David Warner and Imam-ul-Haq. Warner and Smith have looked at their regular best against Pakistan, while Imam whacked two back-to-back tons in the last outing.
Steve Smith stats in Tests
|83||7862||60.02||27/34||78, 27 & 0, 23 & 67|
David Warner Stats against Pakistan in Tests
|8||1152||104.73||5/3||68, 0 & 0, 3 & 30, 38|
Imam-ul-Haq Stats in Tests
|12||753||37.65||2/3||111* & 157, 0 & 2, 35 & 43|
As far as the bowlers are concerned, the top three to be banked upon to make havoc in this Test would comprise the spin duo of Nathan Lyon and Nauman Ali and left-arm quick Shaheen Afridi.
Shaheen Afridi Stats in Tests
|22||88||24.35||2/88, 2/31 & 1/3, 5/32 & 2/70, 4/43 & 6/51|
Nauman Ali Stats in Tests
|8||25||25.44||6/107, 0/41 & 0/33, 0/23 & 0/62|
Nathan Lyon Stats in Tests
|106||416||32.28||0/75 & 1/161, 2/28 & 2/88, 3/36, 2/55 & 3/58|
If PAK bats first: 340-370
If AUS bats first: 300-320
As per PAK vs AUS Today Match Prediction, it’s surely going to be a result-oriented game in Karachi. Batsmen would have their share of good periods, and among bowlers, spinners are likely to enjoy the turn as the days progress.
Talking about the hosts first, Babar Azam & Co. could make a couple of changes in the side for this Test. Pace all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and right-arm medium-fast Hasan Ali have been added to the side, and the duo could make their way in place of Iftikhar Ahmed and Naseem Shah. Australia, meanwhile, announced their playing 11 ahead of the second Test, with leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson replacing Josh Hazelwood. Interestingly, Swepson will be the first specialist leg-spinner to play for Australia in their last 13 years of Test cricket.
PAK Playing XI: Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi
AUS Playing XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson
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