Pakistan in search for a consolation victory!
Our Prediction is Australia to win and seal the series 5-0!
Host Pakistan will be looking for a consolation victory when they take on Australia in the fifth and final game of the one-day series in Dubai on Sunday.
Pakistan will rue the fact they should have won their previous game against Australia. The home side will be desperate to end the tour on a positive note with a consolation win over Australia.
Australia is certainly look unstoppable at the moment after winning seven games in a row. Aaron Finch will be hoping that the side can maintain their intensity with bat and ball to complete a whitewash over Pakistan in the one-day series.
The home side will need to make amends for their mistakes made in the previous game. Pakistan made changes to their playing XI as Shoaib Malik and Imam-ul-Haq were dropped from the side.
Debutant Abid Ali, who came in as a replacement for Imam-ul-Haq, smashed his maiden ton in limited-overs cricket. He looked assured at the crease and kept the scoreboard ticking along nicely. He scored 112 runs off 119 balls with the help of nine boundaries. Abid added 144 runs with Mohammad Rizwan to put Pakistan in the box seat to win the game.
Wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan was again delivered with the bat and smashed his second century of the one-day series. He scored 104 runs off 102 balls with help of nine fours and a six.
Haris Sohail has gone quiet with the bat after smashing a hundred in the opening game of the one-day series. Left-hander will be desperate to put in a big score for Pakistan in the final game of the series in Dubai.
The biggest cause of concern will be lack of runs from the likes of Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik and Imad Wasim. In the previous game, Akmal and Imad perished for low scores to see Pakistan capitulate late in the innings and lose the game by six runs.
Pakistan will certainly be hoping that low-order can contribute with crucial runs in the final game of the one-day series.
In the bowling department, the spin duo of Imad Wasim and Yasir Shah bowled well and picked up four wickets between them. Rookie pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain put in an improved effort with the ball and finished with two wickets to his name.
Imad Wasim, Abid Ali, Umar Akmal, Shan Masood, Saad Ali/Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Khan Shinwari, Junaid Khan
Yasir Shah, Usman Khan, Shan Masood, SI Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan, Abid Ali, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Saad Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Junaid Khan
The visitors have been in impressive with bat and beat and are currently 4-0 up in the five-match one-day series. Captain Aaron Finch will be determined to keep the winning momentum going and complete a whitewash over Pakistan in the one-day series.
For Australia, the side will be relying on the likes of Aaron Finch, Usman Khuwaja and Glenn Maxwell to do the bulk of the scoring. Opening batsman Usman Khuwaja played well and smashed a crucial half-century in the previous game. He scored 62 off 78 balls with the help of six fours.
Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb perished in quick succession to see Australia placed in a precarious situation. Stoinis and Marsh will be under the spotlight due to lack of runs in the last three games.
Glenn Maxwell played a splendid innings and put on a 134-run partnership with Alex Carey to help Australia post 277 for 7 in 50 overs. Maxwell looked aggressive from the start and looked comfortable against the spinners. He scored 98 runs off 82 balls with the help of nine fours and three sixes. He was well supported by Alex Carey, who scored a crucial half-century to see Australia end up with competitive total on the board.
In the bowling department, pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile produced an impressive performance and picked up three wickets in the previous game. The spin duo of Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa once again delivered another tidy performance against Pakistan.
Medium-pacer Marcus Stoinis also picked crucial wicket of Mohammad Rizwan and Usman Khan Shinwari in the later stages of the game.
Aaron Finch, Usman Khuwaja, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Kane Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile
Aaron Finch, Nathan Lyon, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, KW Richardson, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, Jason Behrendorff, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa
The wicket does tend to be sluggish in the first half of the game. The pitch will certainly provide an interesting contest with bat and ball in the final game. Spinners once again will play a crucial role in Dubai. The weather conditions for the game on Sunday will be partly cloudy.
Dubai International Cricket Stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for Pakistan in recent times. They have lost their three one-day games at the venue. Pakistan’s last win came against Australia in 2009 at this venue.
The side that wins the toss would like to bowl first. Majority of day-night games played at this venue have been won by sides batting second. The average score at the venue is around 240 to 250 runs.
Host Pakistan certainly are in shambles after losing the fourth game of one-day series. On the other hand, Australia certainly are in red-hot form at the moment. The likes of Aaron Finch, Usman Khuwaja and Glenn Maxwell have done exceedingly well with the bat in this one-day series.
Expect Australia to inflict a 5-0 whitewash over Pakistan on Sunday.
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