Cricket match date: 22nd March 2019
Cricket match time: 04:30 pm IST
Cricket match location: Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Cricket Match format: ODI
Tournament: United Arab Emirates
Team A: Australia
Team B: Pakistan
Team A Captain: Aaron Finch
Team B Captain: Shoaib Malik
Cricket Match Preview:
Australia and Pakistan will begin an important battle in the UAE. Considering the upcoming cricket world cup, every ODI cricket game is an opportunity for teams to look at various options and find out their best possible playing eleven for the marquee tournament.
Australia are coming off a dream tour of India. They not only beat India in India in the two-match T20 cricket series by 2-0, but they also managed to beat the hosts by 3-2 in the five-match ODI cricket series. Australia bounced back tremendously in this ODI cricket series. They were down and out after losing the second ODI cricket game at Nagpur. But they turned around their fortune by first winning the third ODI cricket game at Ranchi and then by chasing the record total at Mohali. They registered a comfortable win in the final cricket ODI at Delhi as well.
Pakistan have chosen to rest some of their players from this cricket series. Their skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has been rested from the tournament and in his absence, Shoaib Malik will be leading the team in this cricket series. Pakistan still have a few ODIs left before the world cup so they can afford to rest a few of their cricket players.
Despite the absence of a few of their players, Pakistan would not like to lose the momentum by losing the series. In the absence of a few of their regular players, Australia would be fancying their chances. Australia have unearthed a few of the outstanding talents in the series against India. Ashton Turner and Alex Carrey emerged as fine talents and, in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, they will continue to get their chances and would like to seal their spots.
The series in India also saw Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb fulfilling the potential they always had. Both of them played spin brilliantly and that is going to be handy in the series against Pakistan as well. It remains to be seen how Australia will build on to their recent success.
Cricket Match Information:
Australia and Pakistan will take on each other in a five-match ODI cricket series. The first cricket game will be played at Sharjah. Australia are coming into this series after winning the ODI cricket series against India in India.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Australia are coming into this cricket series after a historical success in India. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that helped them win the cricket series in India.
Here is our prediction of Australia’s playing XI:
- Aaron Finch
- Alex Carrey
- Shaun Marsh
- Glenn Maxwell
- Ashton Turner
- Peter Handscomb
- Adam Zampa
- JP Behrendroff
- Jhye Richardson
- Usman Khawaja
- Pat Cummins
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Pakistan have decided to rest a few of their players for this cricket series. Their regular skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has been rested and in his absence, Shoaib Malik will be the skipper. Our prediction is of a few changes to their playing eleven.
Here is our prediction of Pakistan’s playing XI:
- Shoaib Malik
- Umar Akmal
- Mohammad Rizwan
- Faheem Ashraf
- Imad Wasim
- Shan Masood
- Junaid Khan
- Mohammad Aamir
- Yasir Shah
- Mohammad Abbas
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Usman Khawaja had an excellent cricket series in India. He has also had success against Pakistan in UAE a few months back. Our prediction is of another good cricket game and series for him.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last international cricket ODI cricket played here was between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe back in 2018. That cricket game was easily won by Afghanistan while defending the total of 241 runs. The nature of the surface in Sharjah is of slow and low. Our prediction is of a score of around 250 this time around. Conditions are expected to be dry.
Australia will begin this game of cricket as favourites. The way they have come back in their previous series will give them a lot of confidence not only for this cricket series but also for the world cup. Pakistan will play a relatively young side in this cricket series. Hence, our prediction is of Australia’s victory.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Usman Khawaja (AUS) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Adam Zampa (AUS) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Ashton Turner (AUS)
Australia – 1.60
Pakistan – 2.10
*odds may change anytime