Will Australia close the ODI series against Pakistan?
Our Prediction is Australia to win!
Host Pakistan will be desperate to return to form when they will face Australia in the 3rd match of the one-day series in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Despite wholesale changes in their squad, Pakistan hasn’t been able to create the kind of impact which was expected of them before the start of the one-day series
Shoaib Malik-led unit will admit that they have not been able to post huge totals on the board on placid pitches.
On the other hand, Australia have comfortably brushed aside Pakistan in the first two games of the one-day series. Australia Captain Aaron Finch have led from the front and smashed consecutive centuries to see the side go 2-0 up in the five-match one-day series.
Having lost their first two games, Pakistan will be keen to get back to winning ways against Australia. Shoaib Malik and co. will need to deliver their best effort with bat and ball in order to stay alive in this one-day series.
Opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq needs to spend some time in the middle in order to get runs for the side. He has perished for low scores in the first two games of the one-day series. His opening partner Shan Masood has failed to make an impact at the top of the innings. Opening pair will need to deliver runs for Pakistan if they want win this game.
Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan was star performer for Pakistan with the bat. Being promoted to at no.4, he smashed his maiden ton in limited-overs cricket to help Pakistan post a decent total on the board. Rizwan will be keen to continue his good form in the remaining three games of the one-day series. He was well supported by Haris Sohail and Shoaib Malik, who chipped in with crucial runs for the side in the previous game.
Captain Shoaib Malik found form with the bat and scored 60 off 61 balls with the help of three fours and a six.
Debutant Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Abbas and Faheem Ashraf will need to deliver crucial breakthroughs with the ball.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been ineffective in the first two matches as Australians have tried to go after him from the start. The Leg-spinner will be crucial for Pakistan in the middle over of the innings.
Shoaib Malik (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Umar Akmal, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Abbas, Yasir Shah
Junaid Khan, Yasir Shah, Usman Khan, SI Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hasnain, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Shan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq
On the other hand, Australia has produced clinical performances in the first two games to take 2-0 lead in the one-day series. Aaron Finch will be hoping that the side can continue their winning streak and clinch the one-day series in Abu Dhabi.
In the batting department, the team will be depending on captain Aaron Finch, who apart from leading his team brilliantly on the field, has contributed significantly to the team’s cause by scoring 269 runs in 2 matches at an average of 269.00. Finch smashed unbeaten 153 runs off 143 balls with the help of eleven fours and six sixes. He was well supported by Usman Khuwaja, who scored 88 runs of 109 balls with the help of eight boundaries.
Shaun Marsh also has contributed with crucial scores for Pakistan in the first two games of the one-day series.
The likes of Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell will be keen to contribute for the side in this game. So far the middle-order has not tested as Australia have notched up comprehensive victories in the first two games.
In the bowling department, the team will be relying on the likes of Jhye Richardson and Nathan Coulter-Nile to produce crucial breakthroughs with the new-ball. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has a decent job for Australia in the middle phase of the innings.
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, Pat Cummins, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, Jason Behrendorff, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon
The pitch will be excellent for batting for this game. Mostly cloudy skies with slight of chance in the evening have been forecasted for the game on Wednesday.
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi has hosted a lot of one-day games in the past. Pakistan’s recent record at the venue has not been that good as they lost two games out of three played since September 2018.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to bat first and put runs on the board. Batting second will be much easier at this venue. The spinners will certainly get more assistance from this pitch as compared to the games played at Sharjah. The slow-bowlers will dominate proceedings in this game.
Australia will be outright favorites to win this game against Pakistan. The visitors have been in red-hot form and shown consistency with the bat and ball to win the first two games of the series. With the batting firing on all cylinders, Australia is expected to win this game and take the one-day series.
We are backing Australia for the 3rd ODI!
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