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PAK vs AUS Match Preview, Australia tour of Pakistan 2022, One-Off T20I. Pakistan and Australia will meet each other in a solitary T20I on April 5. Pakistan dominates Australia in terms of head-to-head record in T20Is.

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Australia’s key players David Warner, Glen Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and Pat Cummins have already been rested for the limited-overs series. These two teams have played 24 T20I matches so far. Out of which 13 have been won by the Men in Green while the Aussies have won 10 games. One of their clashes got washed out due to rain.

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Veteran Australian opener David Warner has scored the most runs (397) in the clashes. The veteran is followed by Kamran Akmal (366), Umar Akmal (335), Aaron Finch (326), and Babar Azam (317). The bowling chart is topped by Saeed Ajmal (19) and Mohammad Amir (17). The left-arm speedster is followed by Umar Gul (16), and Mitchell Starc (15).

PAK vs AUS Match Preview, Australia tour of Pakistan 2022, One-Off T20I

Australia Team News- Ashton Agar, Josh Inglis Affected By Covid-19, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith And Kane Richardson Ruled Out

Matthew Renshaw was called up to Australia’s limited overs squad for the tour of Pakistan as batting cover after all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was ruled out of limited overs series and Josh Inglis tested positive for COVID-19.

Ashton Agar became the second Australia player to test positive for Covid-19 in 24 hours, and was ruled out of the entire ODI series against Men in Green in Lahore. Steve Smith was also ruled out of the series with an elbow issue.

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Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

Due to a hamstring injury, Kane Richardson also missed the Australia’s limited-overs tour and was replaced by New South Wales left-armer Ben Dwarshuis. Kane Richardson, the most experienced fast bowler in an already depleted squad, sustained the injury while training in Melbourne.

The Australia tour consisted of a three-match Test series, which was won by Australia, a three-match ODI series, which was won by Pakistan, and a sole T20 International match, which will be played on April 5.

PAK vs AUS- 3rd ODI- Babar Azam Scored 16th Career Ton In Easy Chase

In the 3rd and final ODI, Babar Azam (105*) and Imam-ul-Haq (89*) helped Pakistan beat Australia by nine wickets in Lahore to take the series 2-1, after a brilliant bowling performance helped them bowl out the visitors for 210.

Put into bat, Australia were rocked early, being 0/2 at one stage. Pakistan picked up wickets at regular intervals before Alex Carey’s solid half-century steadied the ship for Australia. His wicket led to a mini-collapse for the visitors, before Sean Abbott’s brilliant 49 helped them to a score of 210.

Alex Carey.
Alex Carey. Image-Getty

Despite losing Fakhar Zaman relatively early, Pakistan then cruised home in the chase courtesy of a mammoth 190-run partnership between skipper Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq. Babar Azam scored the 16th ton of his ODI career while Imam-ul-Haq notched up a serene fifty, as Pakistan emerged as 2-1 series victors.

PAK vs AUS- 2nd ODI- Babar Azam And Imam-ul-Haq Hit Tons

In the 2nd ODI, Pakistan Captain Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq smashed brilliant centuries, as a rejuvenated Pakistan mowed down a record run chase of 349. Pakistan produced their highest successful chase in ODIs to win game two by six wickets with six balls to spare.

Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq (R) celebrates with teammate Babar Azam (L) after scoring a century (100 runs) during the second one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Pakistan and Australia at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on March 31, 2022. — AFP
Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq (R) celebrates with teammate Babar Azam (L) after scoring a century (100 runs) during the second one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Pakistan and Australia at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on March 31, 2022. — AFP

Babar Azam hit a sublime 114 off 83 balls and in-form Imam-ul-Haq made 106 off 97 in a record chase for any team in the country. After an 88-run loss on Tuesday, Pakistan were staring down the barrel of a series defeat after Australia racked up a mammoth 348 for 8 marked by Ben McDermott’s 104 off 108 balls- his first international century.

PAK vs AUS – 3rd ODI- Travis Head’s Ton Leads Australia To Impressive Win

In the 1st ODI, Travis Head smashed a 72-ball 101 and capped his ODI return with two wickets to lead a short-handed Australia to an impressive 88-run victory over Men in Green in the series-opener in Lahore. Chasing 314, Pakistan rued a slow start and struggled against Australia’s spinners in dewy conditions under lights to be bowled out for 225 in the 46th over in what was a return to the format for the two teams since July.

Travis Head Photo Credit (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
Travis Head Photo Credit (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Australia had only 13 players to choose from, and handed debuts to leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson and quick Nathan Ellis. Pakistan had fresh faces, too, with 34-year-old leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood and young quick Mohammad Wasim making their ODI debuts.