Australia vs. Pakistan: Third T20I Preview

Australia vs. Pakistan: Third T20I Preview

Match Details:

Series: Pakistan tour of Australia, 2019

Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth

Date: November 08, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m. IST

Match Preview:

Australia will face Pakistan in the third T20I of the three-match series in Perth on Friday. The home side are leading the series with a 1-0 margin with just one game to play after registering a comfortable seven-wicket win in the second match on Tuesday in Canberra whereas the first match was washed out.

Weather report:

The weather is expected to be good with no chance of rain expected to effect the match.

Pitch report:

This will be the first T20I to be played at the Optus Stadium in Perth where the pitch proved to be a little two-paced during the two ODIs played at the venue in the past.

Probable Playing XI:

Australia:

There is one change expected in the home side's playing XI with pacer Pat Cummins is being rested for third T20I. In the batting department, the Australians will be depending on the likes of explosive opener David Warner, captain Aaron Finch and in-form Steve Smith to score bulk of the runs, whereas in the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa to produce timely breakthroughs.

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

Pakistan:

After two

Match Details:

Series: Pakistan tour of Australia, 2019

Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth

Date: November 08, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m. IST

Match Preview:

Australia will face Pakistan in the third T20I of the three-match series in Perth on Friday. The home side are leading the series with a 1-0 margin with just one game to play after registering a comfortable seven-wicket win in the second match on Tuesday in Canberra whereas the first match was washed out.

Weather report:

The weather is expected to be good with no chance of rain expected to effect the match.

Pitch report:

This will be the first T20I to be played at the Optus Stadium in Perth where the pitch proved to be a little two-paced during the two ODIs played at the venue in the past.

Probable Playing XI:

Australia:

There is one change expected in the home side's playing XI with pacer Pat Cummins is being rested for third T20I. In the batting department, the Australians will be depending on the likes of explosive opener David Warner, captain Aaron Finch and in-form Steve Smith to score bulk of the runs, whereas in the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa to produce timely breakthroughs.

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

Pakistan:

After two under-par performances, the Men in Green are likely to make some changes in the playing XI with opener Imam Ul-Haq, young Khushdil Shah and pacer Mohammad Hasnain in line to get a chance in place of out-of-form opener Fakhar Zaman, middle-order batsman Asif Ali and pacer Mohammad Irfan. In the batting department, the Green Caps will be relying on captain Babar Azam, left-hander Haris Sohail and in-form Iftikhar Ahmed to score bulk of the runs, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan to produce timely breakthroughs.

Imam Ul-Haq, Babar Azam (C), Haris Sohail, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain

Top picks:

Wicketkeeper: Mohammad Rizwan (8.5 Cr)

Mohammad Rizwan is coming back in the national team at the expense of former captain Sarfraz Ahmed. But the 27-year-old is having a hard time with the bat in the ongoing series as he has only managed to score 45 runs in two innings and looked uncomfortable during his short stay in the middle.

All-rounder: Ashton Agar (8 Cr)

Ashton Agar is having a pretty decent comeback in the Australia's national team in the white-ball cricket. Even though the 26-year-old has not been asked to show what he is capable of with the bat in hand, but with the ball, the left-arm spinner is having a more than decent series where he has three wickets in just two matches.

Batsman: Steve Smith (9.5 Cr)

Steve Smith is being termed as one of the best batsman in the world of cricket. The 30-year-old showed just that in the second T20I where he scored a breathtaking 80 off just 51 balls with the help of 11 fours and one six and guided his team to an easy win.

Bowler: Mitchell Starc (9.5 Cr)

Mitchell Starc is being termed as the best left-arm pacer in the world. The 29-year-old has represented Australia in 27 T20 Internationals where he has 37 wickets to his name at a strike-rate of 16.6 and with an economy-rate of 6.72.

Captaincy options: David Warner, Steve Smith, Babar Azam

Dream XI team:

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Azeem Siddiqui
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