After facing disappointing loses in their previous games, Pakistan and defending champions Australia will be locking horns with each other and both of them will be looking back to the winning ways in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. While Pakistan should feel robbed off a point due to a washout against Sri Lanka, Australia failed to replicate their previous performance against India as they lost their first match in over three months in the ODI format.
Both teams should feel optimistic of their chances in the game with the kind of firepower they have in both the batting and bowling departments although the men in yellow will be entering the game as the clear favorites owing to their extraordinary fielding abilities as well. But as demonstrated by Pakistan earlier in the tournament, they can beat the best of the teams on their day with the likes of Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Hafeez slowly gaining form as the tournament progresses.
Despite the fact that the game is quite important in the perspective of the tournament the points table. However, the threat of rain looms large with showers expected throughout the day. Here are some of the predictions for the game:
Despite losing to the men in blue, the Aussies will not be considering making changes to their squad in spite of Adam Zampa and Nathan Coulter-Nile deceiving with the ball. Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell have been decent whilst covering up the fifth bowler’s quota of overs although their batting has left fans wanting for more. The onus lies on their formidable trio of David Warner, Steven Smith and Aaron Finch to deliver the goods while this just might be Usman Khawaja’s chance to prove his worth with a good performance.
Probable XI: Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(WK), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Adam Zampa.
With their previous match being washed out, Pakistan shouldn’t be considering making any changes to the squad that defeated favorites-cum-hosts England earlier in the tournament. Like their opponents on Wednesday, Pakistan also depends heavily on their top order with Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq already scoring heaps of runs in their previous series against England.
In Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik, they have enormous amounts of experience to bank on in the crunch moments with both of them proving the balance in both departments. Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were brilliant against England and will be expected to continue their momentum although Hasan Ali’s form will be a cause for concern for the management.
Probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Khan (C&WK), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, and Mohammad Amir.
Fantasy XI Prediction
Sarfaraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Imam ul Haq (vc), David Warner (c), Usman Khawaja, Mohammad Hafeez, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Wahab Riaz, and Mohammad Amir.