Pakistan will face an uphill task!
Expect Australia to clinch the Test series at Adelaide!
Australia will be looking to clinch the Test series when they take on Pakistan in the day-night game at Adelaide Oval on Friday.
Australian Captain Tim Paine will be pleased with his side’s dominant performance in the opening game of the series. The home side will be looking to continue their good form and clinch the Test series against Pakistan at Adelaide.
Pakistan, on the other hand, will be keen to learn from their mistakes made in the opening game played at Brisbane. The visitors will need to bat exceedingly well in order to compete with Australia in this contest.
Tim Paine and co. delivered a clinical performance with the bat and ball in the first Test against Australia to go 1-0 up in the two-match series. The home side will need guard against any sort of complacency and deliver a strong performance in this day-night Test.
The biggest positive for Australia from the previous game was openers David Warner and Joe Burns producing big runs for the side.
David Warner found a form with the bat at The Gabba and scored 154 runs off 296 balls with the help of 10 fours. Left-hander will be keen to continue his excellent form in this series finale. Joe Burns also played well and scored 97 off 166 balls with the help of ten boundaries.
Marnus Labuschagne has been in phenomenal form for Australia in Test cricket this season. He notched up his maiden century and helped Australia pile on the runs in their innings at The Gabba.
The 25-year old was the top-scorer for Australia in the previous game with 185 runs off 279 balls with the help of 20 boundaries. Labuschagne has accumulated 667 runs so far this season with one century and five half-centuries to his name.
Former Australian Captain Steven Smith suffered a rare failure in the previous game. He was dismissed for a low score and will be looking to get big runs in this day-night Test.
Matthew Wade and Travis Head chipped in with crucial runs for the side in the previous game played in Brisbane. Wade played well and scored 60 off 97 balls, whereas Head chipped in with 24 off 29 balls.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the pace trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood to make early breakthroughs in this contest. The pacers bowled exceedingly well and collectively picked up 18 wickets in the previous game. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon will be looking to play a big role as the pitch at Adelaide provides help to the slow bowlers.
Tim Paine (captain & wk), Steven Smith, Josh Hazlewood, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Joe Burns, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne
Tim Paine, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Joe Burns , Nathan Lyon, Matthew Wade, Steven Smith, David Warner, TM Head, Josh Hazlewood
The visitors will be looking to make a strong comeback after losing the opening game of the series at The Gabba in Brisbane. Pakistan Captain Azhar Ali will need to lead from the front and deliver a notable score in this day-night Test.
The batting lineup clearly failed to deliver the goods in the first Test played at The Gabba. The experienced players like Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, and Babar Azam will need to take show responsibility and produce decent scores for the side in this game.
In the previous game, Babar Azam smashed a splendid century in the second innings for Pakistan. He scored 104 runs off 173 balls with the help of 13 fours. He will be looking to continue his decent form in this final game of the series.
Middle-order Asad Shafiq also looked in good touch in the first innings for the side and finished the innings with the top-score of 76 runs. The team management will be hoping that Shafiq can deliver big innings in this day-night Test. Wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan delivered excellent scores for the side in the first game of the series. He scored 95 runs off 145 balls to help Pakistan put on a credible batting performance in their second innings.
On the bowling front, Pakistan might bring in Muhammad Abbas in place of Naseem Shah or Imran Khan. The side’s bowling resources will be bolstered with the return of Abbas.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah will be the lone spinner for the side in this day-night fixture.
Azhar Ali (c), Yasir Shah, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed/Imam-ul-Haq, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah/Imran Khan, Muhammad Abbas.
Yasir Shah, Muhammad Musa, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Abbas, Imam-ul-Haq, Shaheen Afridi, Azhar Ali
Traditionally, the surface will provide an interesting contest between bat and ball. The quick bowlers will get lateral movement with the pink ball under lights. The weather condition for the game to be played on Friday is expected to have light rain showers with a gentle breeze.
Adelaide Oval in Adelaide will host the day-night Test between Australia and Pakistan. The home side will take heart from the fact that they have a decent record at the Adelaide Oval. Australia has won both their day-night Tests at this venue.
The side that wins the toss would be looking win the toss and bat first on this surface. The pitch will offer help for the quick bowlers in this day-night Test.
Based on their current form, host Australia will be favorites to win the day-night Test and series against Pakistan. With the opening pair of David Warner and Joe Burns scoring big runs and pacers delivering breakthroughs with the new-ball, Australia will be hard to beat in these conditions.
Expect Australia to clinch the Test series at Adelaide!