Our Prediction is Australia to win the Match!
Host Pakistan will be looking to salvage some pride when they take on Australia in the fourth one-day game of the series in Dubai on Friday.
Pakistan certainly lacked firepower in the batting and bowling department. In the absence of premier players, they have lacked consistency to beat Australia in this one-day series. Captain Shoaib Malik will be hoping that players will be express themselves in a much better way since they already have lost the one-day series.
On the other hand, Australia registered their second one-day series win in a row after beating Pakistan in previous game played in Abu Dhabi. Captain Aaron Finch will be pleased by the consistency shown by the side in this one-day series so far. The visitors will be focused to continue their winning streak in this game as well.
The home will be bitterly disappointed to lose the one-day series to Australia at home. The side still has an opportunity to show that can deliver the goods to beat Australia. Shoaib Malik will be hoping that Pakistan can win the remaining two games of the one-day series to end the tour on a positive note.
In the batting department, the team will be depending heavily on wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan and Haris Sohail, both of whom has already scored 115 and 136 runs at averages of 57.50 and 68.00 respectively. The duo will need to deliver runs with the bat after not doing much in the previous game played against Australia.
However, the team management’s main cause of concern will be the performance of opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq who so far has only managed to score 63 runs in 3 matches at an average of 21. Imam will need to produce runs with the bat and help Pakistan get off to decent start in the next game.
Captain Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal scored runs in the previous game played in Abu Dhabi.In the bowling department, the onus will be once again on new-ball pair of Usman Khan Shinwari and Junaid Khan to deliver crucial breakthroughs for Pakistan. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah also bowled well in the previous game. All-rounder Imad Wasim has done a splendid job for Pakistan with the bat and ball in the three games played so far.
Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Umar Akmal, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan Shinwari.
Junaid Khan, Yasir Shah, Usman Khan, SI Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hasnain, Abid Ali, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Saad Ali, Shan Masood
The visitors will be looking to continue the winning momentum in the remaining games of the one-day series. Australia produced a clinical performance with bat and ball to beat Pakistan by 80 runs and clinch the one-day series.
Australia will look towards their in-form opening batsman Aaron Finch, who has accumulated 359 runs at an average of 179.50 with two centuries to his name. Finch notched up a crucial half-century in the previous game played in Abu Dhabi. He added 84 runs with Peter Handscomb to rebuild the innings for Australia after losing Usman Khuwaja and Shaun Marsh inside Powerplay overs.
Finch was well-supported by Peter Handscomb who chipped in with 47 runs off 43 balls to see Australia post a competitive total on the board
Usman Khuwaja, Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell have contributed with credible performances for Australia in this one-day series. It was certainly Maxwell’s story this time around as all-rounder smashed 71 off 55 balls with the help of eight fours and a six. Australia managed to register a good score on the board due to Maxwell’s late blitz with the bat.
In the bowling department, pace bowler Pat Cummins made early breakthroughs with the new-ball to see Pakistan reeling in the chase. Cummins finished with three wickets from his eight overs. Leg-spinner Adam Zampa bowled well and finished with four wickets to his name.
Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khuwaja, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon.
Aaron Finch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey, KW Richardson, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon
Dubai International Cricket Stadium has hosted a lot of home fixtures for Pakistan in limited-overs cricket. It hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Pakistan, who have lost their last two games at the venue. Australia have an excellent head-to-head record against Pakistan at this venue.
The side that wins the toss would like to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest total. The majority of day-night games played in Dubai have been won by side batting second. Another interesting fact is that Australia have won their last two games against Pakistan played at this venue.
High-flying Australia will be firm favorites to win this game against Pakistan. The momentum is certainly on Australia’s side with the likes of Usman Khuwaja, Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh scoring runs in this one-day series. The likes of Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa have certainly made a huge difference in the bowling attack. Expect Australia to canter to yet another comfortable win against Pakistan in Dubai!
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