Tri-Series 2018, 2nd T20I, Pakistan vs Australia – Preview
Pakistan will lock horns with Australia in the second T20I of the tri-series in Zimbabwe on Monday.
Men in Green had won their first match against Zimbabwe. Thus, they would like to carry on with their impetus.
On the other hand, it is a crucial series for Australia. The team’s confidence is low as ever, and thus they would like to build it by winning this series.
Australia will know that they will have their work cut out against the number one team in the format.
Pakistan ticked the right boxes against the hosts in the first match. Consequently, they would like to repeat their performance against Australia as well.
The Aussies have problems of plenty, and they need to find their confidence after facing a crushing defeat at the hands of England. Aaron Finch will aim to raise some dropping shoulders in the dressing room.
Pakistan’s is dominant in the shortest format of the game, and they would like to keep their good work against Australia. Sarfraz Ahmed-led team had put a competitive target of 182 runs in the opening match. Furthermore, their bowling line-up was right on the money once again.
Australia will like to get over their middle order woes. The middle-order batsmen need to take more responsibility and deliver the goods for the team.
The Aussies are in the rebuilding phase, and some wins will help the team in getting their confidence back. Australia had struggled to get going against England’s spinners, and Pakistan will like to make the most of their Achilles Heel.
Australia was at the second rank, but defeat at the hands of England have made them slip to the third position. Thus, they like to climb up the ladder.
Australia had won their three T20I out of the last five matches against Pakistan.
Australia’s Predicted XI: Aaron Finch (c), D’Arcy Short, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Swepson.
Pakistan’s Predicted XI: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Hussain Talat, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan.