Abu Dhabi, March 27, Wednesday at 04:30 PM IST
The five-matches ODI series between Australia and Pakistan rests at 2-0 and the Kangaroos are in no mood to relax against Pakistan. Two back to back centuries from skipper Aaron Finch – 116 in first ODI and 153 not out in the second ODI- has helped the visitors gain a 2-0 lead in the series and would be looking to seal the series when both the sides face each other at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Wednesday evening.
Having opted to bat after winning the toss, Pakistan posted 284-7 on the board, courtesy Mohammad Rizwan's maiden ton. M Rizwan (116) and skipper Shoaib Malik (60) were in the runs for Pakistan in the second ODI. Jhye Richardson and N Coulter-Nile accounted for 2 wickets each for Australia.
In reply, Aaron Finch (unbeaten 153 ) continued his good form and guided Australia to a convincing 8 wickets victory pairing with Usman Khawaja (88) at the top. The visitors chased down the target in 47.5 overs with 8 wickets in hand.
Earlier, Australia won the first ODI by 8 wickets after chasing down 280 runs target, courtesy Aaron Finch (116) and Shaun Marsh (91).
Speaking ahead of the third ODI, Usman Khawaja has urged his team not to relax and carry forward the momentum against Pakistan. With the CWC 2019 just a couple of months away, Australia has really made a strong comeback. They went on to seal the 5-match ODI series in India by 3-2 after lagging behind by 2-0 and lead the series against Pakistan by 2-0. They will be looking to finish off things in Abu Dhabi tomorrow rather than waiting for the last two games in Dubai.
“We can't get relaxed, we can't think that we've done all the hard work and that we're fine now. There are still three games left” – Usman Khawaja
The side looks really formidable with the current form of players. Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh in the batting line up are in great form and pose a real threat to any bowling attack. In bowling, Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa were brilliant against India while Nathan Coulter Nile with 4 scalps is leading wicket-taker against Pakistan so far in the two games.
Pakistan is lagging behind by 2-0 and needs to secure a win tomorrow to avoid the series from turning into a dead rubber. While Harris Sohail slammed a century in the first game, M Rizwan scored his maiden ODI ton in the second ODI. However, the lacklustre bowling attack has resulted in an easy run chase for Australia on both occasions.
The inexperience due to unavailability of key players – Fakhar Zaman, Sarfraz Khan, Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi is clearly visible in the side. However, that won't be a much of concern for the management as they have already made their minds on the 15-member squads travelling to England. The management also decided to recall Fahim Ashraf to Pakistan as they have decided to give sufficient rest to their frontline players ahead of the World Cup.
Australia- W, W, W, W, W
Pakistan – L, L, L, W, L
The average first innings score at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi is 247. The wicket will be a bit on the slower side with spinners getting some extra turn.
Avg 1st inn score: 247
Avg 2nd inn score: 207
Highest Total: 313/9 (50 Ov) by PAK vs SL
Lowest Total: 63/10 (18.3 Ov) by AFG vs SCO
Highest Chased: 295/6 (49.5 Ov) by PAK vs WI
Lowest Defended: 180/3 (20 Ov) by UAE vs PNG
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 – Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon
PAK Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Mohammad Rizwan
Batsmen – Shoaib Malik (c), Umar Akmal, Shan Masood, Imam ul Haq, Haris Sohail
All-rounder – Imad Wasim
Bowlers – Mohammad Abbas, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, U Shinwari
Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson, Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch (c), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell, Jason Behrendorff, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb
Mohammad Amir, Shan Masood, Saad Ali, Shoaib Malik (c), Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Imam-ul-Haq, Imad Wasim, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Abbas, Junaid Khan, Abid Ali, Haris Sohail, Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Hasnain, Yasir Shah
M Rizwan will be a better pick in wicketkeeper. He slammed his maiden ODI ton in last game and also comes up in the order to bat.
Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh are a must have batters in the side. Finch has scored two back to back centuries while Khawaja and Marsh have scored 80+ runs so far.
I Wasim, G Maxwell and M Stoinis are not to miss all-rounders.
In bowling, Pakistan has looked off colour. Nathan Coulter Nile, Adam Zampa and Pat Cummins can be the right choices.
Unavailable – Jhye Richardson – ruled out || Fahim Ashraf – rested
Australia has won the toss and will bat first
Pakistan (Playing XI): Shan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik(c), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Yasir Shah, Usman Shinwari, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hasnain
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff
You can pick J Behrendorff and Usman Khan Shinwari at the places of Nathan Coulter Nile and M Abbas
N Coulter Nile and M Abbas are missing out
Usman Khan Shinwari and Jason Behrendorff have been roped in
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