After a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of inexperienced Sri Lanka, Pakistan will look to turn their fortunes around when they meet Australia in the 3 match T20I series starting tomorrow. Pakistan still holds the numero uno status in the shortest format of the game due to their dominance earlier in the year. After a horrendous performance against Sri Lanka, there have been some wholesome changes in the squad with Sarfaraz Ahmed, the former skipper dropped from the squad.
It will be Babar Azam who will lead Pakistan in the 3 match T20I series. Australia, on the other hand, will look to continue their good run after whitewashing Sri Lanka by a 3-0 margin. The form of David Warner has been the biggest positive for Australia and he will look to continue his onslaught.
Date- 3rd November 2019
Venue- Sydney Cricket Ground
The hosts are expected to field the same XI which defeated Sri Lanka in the 3rd T20I. The form of David Warner has been the biggest positive for Australia. He wasn’t dismissed in the whole series against Sri Lanka and scored 217 runs.
Even Aaron Finch and Steve Smith have also looked in good touch and has scored the bulk of the runs for the hosts. Glenn Maxwell has already made himself unavailable due to mental health issues and hasn’t been included in the squad.
Predicted Playing XI
David Warner, Aaron Finch (C), Steve Smith, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (WK), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Mitchell Starc.
Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake, Andrew Tye
Pakistan will look to forge a new combination in the series under the leadership of Babar Azam. He will take the responsibility of leading the batting department along with Fakhar Zaman and Harris Sohail. The bowling department will be led by Mohammad Amir and will be supported by Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan.
Predicted Playing XI
Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan
Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam(c), Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Muhammad Musa
Australia has won all their last 5 matches while Pakistan has lost 4 out of the last 5 matches.
Both teams have played 20 T20I’s so far. Pakistan has a clear edge on Australia in this format. While Pakistan has won 12 matches, Australia has managed to win just 7 matches. One ended in a tie which was later decided in a super over.
Australia vs Pakistan Dream 11 Team Combination
Wicket-keepers- Mohammad Rizwan
Batsmen- Babar Azam, David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, Harris Sohail
All-rounders- D Arcy Short, Ashton Agar
Bowlers- Mohammad Amir, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa
David Warner- The southpaw has looked in ominous touch in the recent past. Warner smashed a sensational century in the opening T20I against Sri Lanka and followed it up with twin half-centuries. Given his current form, there is certainly no doubt about the fact that he will be a sensible captain option.
Babar Azam- The new leader of the Pakistan national team in the shortest format will look to make full use of his opportunity. He looked in good touch during the Pakistan National T20 Cup.