Will Pakistan level the ODI series?
Our Prediction is Pakistan to win!
Host Pakistan will be keen to make a strong comeback when they face Australia in the second game of the one-day series in Sharjah on Sunday.
Captain Shoaib Malik will keen to make amends for the mistakes made in the previous game. The home side certainly needs to post bigger totals in order to push Australia in this one-day series. Pakistan will go into this game with a full-strength side in order to level the five-match one-day series.
On the other hand, Captain Aaron Finch led from the front to see Australia cruise to a comfortable victory in the opening game of the one-day series. The visitors certainly bowled well and restricted Pakistan to a modest total on a placid surface prepared at Sharjah. The side will be keen to maintain their unbeaten streak in this game as well.
The home side certainly put in a decent performance with the bat in the absence of key players like Babar Azam and Fakhar Azam. Shoaib Malik and co. will rue the fact they should got more than 300 runs in the opening game of the one-day series. The side needs to post daunting totals in order to put a tough fight to Australia in this series.
In the batting department, Haris Sohail produced a splendid performance with the bat for Pakistan in his comeback game. He scored 101 runs off 115 balls with the help of six fours and a six. He put on crucial partnerships with Shan Masood and Umar Akmal to help Pakistan post a decent total on the board.
Shan Masood, Umar Akmal, Faheem Ashraf and Imad Wasim made crucial contributions with the bat in the opening game of the one-day series. The side needs to accelerate their rate of scoring against the Australian spinners in the middle overs of the innings.
In the bowling department, Pakistan might bring in Mohammad Hasnain or Usman Khan Shinwari in order to produce breakthroughs with the new-ball. The bowlers failed to make early inroads with the new-ball in the opening game of the series.
Medium-pacer Mohammad Abbas was the most economical bowler on display for Pakistan. Yasir Shah and Imad Wasim failed to make any breakthroughs against Australia.
Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik (captain), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hasnain/Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas
Yasir Shah, SI Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain, Faheem Ashraf, Imam-ul-Haq
The visitors delivered a clinical performance with bat and ball to take 1-0 lead in the five-match one-day series. Finch will be hoping that the side can maintain their consistency in the remaining games of the one-day series.
In the opening game of the one-day series, Aaron Finch notched up his first century since June 2018. Finch has struggled to deliver runs with the bat since taking full-time captaincy duties from Tim Paine in August 2018. He certainly raised his game and scored a splendid century to help Australia chase down 281 runs. He added 172 runs with Shaun Marsh to see Australia register eight-wicket win in the opening game played in Sharjah.
Shaun Marsh also found form with the bat for Australia in the opening game and scored unbeaten 91 runs off 102 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes. Left-hander will be hoping to continue his good form in the remaining games of the one-day series.
Peter Handscomb also chipped in with unbeaten 30 runs off 27 balls with the help of two fours. He has produced consistency with the bat and certainly solved Australia’s middle-order woes in the one-day format.
In the bowling department, the spin duo of Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa produced tidy spells to keep a lid on rate of scoring in the middle phase of the innings. Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jhye Richardson also picked up crucial wickets for the side in the ODI series opener.
Aaron Finch (captain), Shaun Marsh, Usman Khuwaja, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson
Aaron Finch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon
The wicket will be excellent for batting for this game. There is assistance for spinners from this surface. The weather forecast for the game on Sunday will be partly cloudy.
Pakistan suffered their first defeat at the venue since 2015. The home side will be looking to stage a comeback game in this venue and level the one-day series.
The side that wins the toss will look to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest total. In the previous game, Australia chased down a target of 280 runs posted by Pakistan.
Host Pakistan should make a comeback in this game and level the five-match one-day series. They will need to improve their game with bat and ball in order to beat an in-form Australian side in this contest.
We are backing Pakistan for the win!
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