Australia aim to continue their winning streak against Pakistan at Sydney!
Expect Australia to register a comfortable win!
Host Australia will be looking to maintain their winning streak when they will face Pakistan in the first game of the T20I series at Sydney on Sunday. The home side has been in excellent form in the T20I format this season. Aaron Finch-led unit currently is on a five-match winning streak, which includes a series win in India and against Sri Lanka.
Pakistan has been embroiled in controversy after Sarfaraz Ahmed was unceremoniously removed from the T20I captaincy. Babar Azam has been named as a new T20 Captain for Pakistan and will be keen to a decent job in the three-match T20I series against Australia.
Aaron Finch and co. will need to guard against complacency and produce their best effort against Pakistan in this opening fixture. D’Arcy Short has been named as a replacement for Glenn Maxwell, who has opted to take a break from international cricket due to mental illness. In the batting department, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steven Smith to deliver the bulk of the runs. Swashbuckling opener David Warner produced big scores for Australia in the recently concluded T20I series played against Australia. Left-hander topped the batting charts for Australia against Sri Lanka scored 217 runs at a strike rate of 147.25. He scored one century and two half-centuries in the T20I series played against Sri Lanka.
The home side will be hoping that Warner can continue his rich vein of form with the bat in this contest. Besides Warner, Aaron Finch also produced decent scores for Australia at the top of the innings. He will be looking to continue his excellent form with the bat against Pakistan. Steven Smith also chipped in with crucial half-century at Brisbane to help Australia clinch the T20I series against Sri Lanka. Australia’s premier batsman will be looking to make a notable contribution to the side in this series.
D’Arcy Short or Ben McDermott will fight it out for a place in the middle-order for this opening game of the series against Pakistan. Ashton Turner got the opportunity to score runs with the bat for Australia in the final game of the series against Sri Lanka. He put on a 46-run partnership with David Warner to help Australia complete the chase in the 18th over of the innings. Turner scored unbeaten 22 runs off 15 balls with the help of two sixes. In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson and Pat Cummins to produce crucial breakthroughs with the new ball. In the recently concluded T20I series, the likes of Starc and Cummins produced probing spells to help Australia dominate the proceedings against Sri Lanka
Possible XI :David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Steven Smith, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
AJ Turner, Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, KW Richardson, Ashton Agar, Ben McDermott, Steven Smith, Adam Zampa, David Warner
The visitors delivered an impressive performance with bat and ball in the warm-up game played against Cricket Australia XI at Bankstown Oval. New Skipper Babar Azam will be hoping that the side can put in a strong show against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground. The selectors have picked uncapped players like Khushdil Khan, Muhammad Musa and Usman Qadir for the T20I series against Australia. In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail to deliver the bulk of the scoring. In the warm-up game, the batting trio delivered runs with the bat to see Pakistan register a comfortable win over Cricket Australia XI.
There is no doubt that Babar Azam has been Pakistan’s premier batsman in the format. Since November 2018, Azam has accumulated 378 runs in 9 innings at an average of 42.00 with a strike rate of 130.79 with three half-centuries to his name. He will be determined to make a strong statement with the bat against Australia in Sydney.
Opening batsman Fakhar Zaman found a form with the bat ahead of the opening game of the series. The left-hander played exceedingly well in the warm-up game and scored 43 runs off 39 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. He will need to deliver a decent score if Pakistan aims to post a competitive total in the series opener against Australia.
Wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed and Asif Ali will have the responsibility to produce quick runs for the side at the back end of the innings. In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz to make early inroads with the new ball. The spin duo of Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan will be looking to make an impact with the ball in the opening game of the series.
Possible XI: Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Muhammad Rizwan (wk), Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz
Mohammad Amir, SI Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, F Zaman, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Irfan, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Iftikhar Ahmed
The wicket prepared for the game will be decent for batting. Traditionally, Sydney Cricket Ground provides assistance to the spinners. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Sunday is expected to be sunny with gentle breeze.
Sydney Cricket Ground is going to host the opening game of the T20I series between Australia and Pakistan. Pakistan will take heart from the fact they have an excellent record against Australia in the T20I cricket. On the other hand, Australia have a decent record in the T20 format at Sydney Cricket Ground.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl and restrict the opposition to a modest score. Average score at the venue is around 160 runs.
Based on the current form, Host Australia will be outright favorites to win their opening game against Pakistan. With David Warner in scintillating form with the bat and bowlers delivering back-to-back splendid performances, Australia will be hard to beat in this game.
Expect Australia to register a comfortable win!