Australia vs. Pakistan: First T20I Preview

Australia vs. Pakistan: First T20I Preview

Match details:

Series: Pakistan tour of Australia, 2019

Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Date: November 03, 2019

Time: 09:00 a.m. IST

Preview:

Australia will face Pakistan in the first T20 International of the three-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Sunday. The home side will enter the match as firm favourites as they are coming on the back of an impressive 3-0 series win in their last T20I assignment against Sri Lanka. On the other hand, new-look Pakistan will be eager to return to winning ways after suffering a rather surprising 3-0 whitewash in their last T20I assignment against Sri Lanka, that too while playing at home. In the previous five matches between both teams, it is clear advantage Pakistan as they emerged victorious in all five occasions.

Weather report: Weather is expected stay cloudy throughout whereas there are showers expected from afternoon onwards.

Pitch Report: Pitch at the SCG is traditionally a good one for batting with some assistance for the spinners as well.

Probable Playing XI:

Australia:

In the batting department, the home side will be relying on the likes of in-form David Warner, captain Aaron Finch and right-hander Steve Smith to score bulk of the runs, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of pacers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and leg-spinner Adam Zampa to produce timely breakthroughs.

Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Steve Smith, Ashton Turner, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey (WK), Ashton Turner,

Match details:

Series: Pakistan tour of Australia, 2019

Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Date: November 03, 2019

Time: 09:00 a.m. IST

Preview:

Australia will face Pakistan in the first T20 International of the three-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Sunday. The home side will enter the match as firm favourites as they are coming on the back of an impressive 3-0 series win in their last T20I assignment against Sri Lanka. On the other hand, new-look Pakistan will be eager to return to winning ways after suffering a rather surprising 3-0 whitewash in their last T20I assignment against Sri Lanka, that too while playing at home. In the previous five matches between both teams, it is clear advantage Pakistan as they emerged victorious in all five occasions.

Weather report: Weather is expected stay cloudy throughout whereas there are showers expected from afternoon onwards.

Pitch Report: Pitch at the SCG is traditionally a good one for batting with some assistance for the spinners as well.

Probable Playing XI:

Australia:

In the batting department, the home side will be relying on the likes of in-form David Warner, captain Aaron Finch and right-hander Steve Smith to score bulk of the runs, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of pacers Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and leg-spinner Adam Zampa to produce timely breakthroughs.

Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Steve Smith, Ashton Turner, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey (WK), Ashton Turner, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson

Pakistan:

In the batting department, the visitors will be relying on the likes of captain Babar Azam, left-hander Haris Sohail and opener Fakhar Zaman to score bulk of the runs, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan, Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan to produce timely breakthroughs.

Babar Azam (C), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan

Top picks:

Wicketkeeper: Alex Carey (8.5 Cr)

Alex Carey is now becoming a permanent feature in the Australia's playing XI in white-ball cricket. However, the 28-year-old has a pretty average record with the bat in hand in the shortest format of the game with just 125 runs in 13 innings at an average of 13.88 and with a strike-rate of 123.76. Therefore, this series present an opportunity for Carey to cement his place in the Australia's T20I team with the T20 World Cup is just 12 months away.

All-rounder: Imad Wasim (8.5 Cr)

Imad Wasim is one of the most underrated cricket in the world right now. The 30-year-old has represented the Men in Green in 38 T20Is where he has 41 wickets to his name at a strike-rate of 20.7 and with an economy-rate of 5.85. That's not it as Wasim has also scored 244 runs at an average of 14.35 and with a strike-rate of 150.61.

Batsman: David Warner (10.5 Cr)

David Warner is being termed as one of the most destructive batsman in world cricket. The left-hander is in outstanding form as he has scored 217 runs without getting out once in the recently concluded three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka.

Bowler: Shadab Khan (8.5 Cr)

Shadab Khan is Pakistan's premier leg-spinner in white-ball cricket. The right-arm leggie is having a hard time recently but has started the Australian tour on a good note as he claimed figures of three for 30 in the tour match against Cricket Australia XI on Thursday.

Captaincy options:

David Warner, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Babar Azam

Dream XI team:

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Azeem Siddiqui
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