Sharjah, March 24, Friday at 04:30 PM IST
It was a way too impressive show from the Aussies in the opening game where they thrashed Pakistan by 8 wickets to gain the early momentum in the series.
The second match of the series will be played at the same venue in Sharjah and the way the Australians have been playing in the subcontinent for some time now, they definitely look a force to be reckoned with.
Winning the toss, Pakistan opted to bat first and posted a valiant total of 280 runs on the board on a relatively slow surface. Haris Sohail led the way with the bat as he scored a brilliant unbeaten 101 from 114 deliveries which included 6 fours and a six.
He got some able allies in the form of Shan Masood and Umar Akmal who got 40 and 48 runs respectively to their names and it was Imad Wasim’s unbeaten 28 from 13 deliveries which was the icing on the cake.
Australia’s reply was led by the skipper Aaron Finch who blasted his 12th ODI ton scoring 116 from 135 deliveries which included 8 fours and 4 sixes. The biggest positive for Australia was the batting form of Shaun Marsh who was unable to deliver in the series against India but made an impact straight away with an unbeaten 91 from 102 deliveries to take his side home.
Now, with Australia already 1-0 up in the series, Pakistan would be eyeing a comeback for sure and will look to rectify the errors they committed in the last game.
The clash will begin at 04:30 PM IST. Till then, let’s have a look at playing 11 and team news.
Australia- W, W, W, W, L
Pakistan – L, L, W, L, L
Batsmen generally find it easy to score runs at this surface, spinners also get some aid from the slow and turning track of Sharjah.
Here’s how the two sides may lineup –
AUS Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Alex Carey
Batsmen – Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch (c)
All-rounder – Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis
Bowlers – Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa (Doubt: Nathan Lyon or Pat Cummins)
PAK Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Mohammad Rizwan
Batsmen – Shoaib Malik (c), Shan Masood, Imam ul Haq, Haris Sohail
All-rounder – Fahim Ashraf, Imad Wasim
Bowlers – Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Yasir Shah
Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey, Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell, Jason Behrendorff, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Lyon, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, Ashton Turner, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb.
Shoaib Malik (c), Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir, Faheem Ashraf, Imam-ul-Haq, Imad Wasim, Umar Akmal, Shan Masood, Mohammad Abbas, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Abid Ali, Haris Sohail, Saad Ali, Usman Shinwari, Yasir Shah
Australia’s reliance on their top-order will be prudent as the likes of Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh are all among runs.
Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell are other two in-form players while in the bowling department Nathan Coulter Nile and leggy Adam Zampa will lead the charge.
Pakistan did manage to post a formidable total on the board but were not able to defend it. Haris Sohail got a ton while Umar Akmal and Shan Masood got good starts. Imam-ul-Haq and skipper Shoaib Malik are the other two key players in this facet.
Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas and leg-spinner Yasir Shah will be the bowling picks from Pakistan.
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