Cricket match date: 24th October 2018
Cricket match time: 21:30 pm IST
Cricket match location: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Cricket Match format: T20 International
Tournament: Australia tour of United Arab Emirates 2018/19
Team A: Pakistan
Team B: Australia
Team A Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed
Team B Captain: Aaron Finch
Cricket Match Preview:
Australia will be hoping that the change in format and change in skipper will bring them a new luck as the T20 series begins between them and Pakistan. There has been a change in personnel in both sides and all seem ready for a competitive and exciting cricket series.
Both these sides have been involved in some of the memorable T20 games. The first game that comes to mind is the T20 World Cup semi-final, where Mike Hussey snatched the victory from the jaws of defeat by smashing Saeed Ajmal, then the maestro of Pakistan spin bowling department. Something of a similar line will be expected when these two sides will clash.
Australia will have a new skipper in Aaron Finch, after Tim Paine led them in the Test series. Aaron Finch is being widely regarded as the next Australian skipper in all formats of the game. Thus, this series presents itself as a great opportunity for him to impress one and all and stake the claim for the leadership.
Pakistan will have some new players for this series as well. The likes of Mohammad Abbas and Yasir Shah have made way for Imad Wasim and Shaheen Afridi. Some experienced white ball cricket players like Shoaib Malik will be back as well. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed would like to have another cup in his kitty and he has the right players to do that.
For Australia, Glenn Maxwell is making a comeback into the team. There was some controversy when he was left out of Australia’s test cricket team. He will get his chances to seal his spot if he can have a good series here. For Pakistan, Mohammad Aamir has been dropped for this series as well and the road looks tough ahead for the controversial bowler of Pakistan.
Cricket Match Information:
Australia’s tour of UAE has now reached its last leg. The T20 series is now about to begin as both teams take on each other in the first T20 International game at Abu Dhabi. Australia lost the Test series by 1-0 and would like to return home with something to show for. It is going to be a three-match T20 series.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Pakistan will have a completely new outfit compared to their Test team. They have some white ball specialists like Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali and both of them would like to make their inclusions count. Our prediction is to expect allrounders like Faheem Ashraf to be included in the lineup.
Here is our prediction of Pakistan’s playing XI:
- Mohammad Hafeez
- Fakhar Zaman
- Babar Azam
- Shoaib Malik
- Sarfraz Ahmed
- Asif Ali
- Faheem Ashraf
- Imad Wasim
- Shaheen Afridi
- Usman Khan
- Hasan Ali
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Australia have some of the youngsters flown in from Australia. The likes of D’Arcy Short would like to make a good impression on this tour. Glenn Maxwell has a lot to prove. Our prediction is to expect the same side that played against UAE in the T20 cricket game.
Here is our prediction of Australia’s playing XI:
- Aaron Finch
- D’Arcy Short
- Chris Lynn
- Glenn Maxwell
- BR McDermott
- AT Carey
- Ashton Agar
- Nathan Coulter-Nile
- AJ Tye
- Adam Zampa
- Billy Stanlake
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
D’Arcy Short had a tremendous domestic series in Australia. He broke all kinds of hitting records. Australian selectors are looking at him to play the similar role as David Warner. If he can have a good series here, he can make entry even into the Australian ODI cricket team. Our prediction is of a good knock in the first T20.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
In the only T20 cricket game played between UAE and Australia, UAE could score only 119 and that was never going to be enough against the Australians. Australia cruised to the total and chased it down by 7 wickets and with 23 balls remaining. That game showed us that the pitch is going to be great for batting and a typical high scoring T20 cricket game can be expected.
Pakistan will begin this game of cricket as favourites as they know these conditions well. Our prediction is of Pakistan victory as the Australian team consists of many players who will be playing in these conditions for the first time and it will not be easy to have a good performance straight away.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Shoaib Malik (PAK) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Billy Stanlake (PAK) – 3 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Shoaib Malik (AUS)
Pakistan – 1.80
Australia – 2.00
*odds may change anytime