Australia vs Pakistan: Match 17 of the ICC World Cup will feature Australia taking on Pakistan at the County Ground in Taunton. Defending champions Australia suffered a major setback on Sunday after India cruised to an emphatic victory against the Aussies. A bruised Australia, who hasn’t seen a lot of losses in World Cups, would certainly look to come back to form in their next fixture against Pakistan.
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Aussies are not prone to losing in the world cups. Before their clash vs India on Sunday, they had only lost 3 matches since the 2003 world cup. Hence, this defeat was even more painful for them. Well, as the Aussies were readying themselves to get back to the winning ways, they had another setback as their all-rounder Marcus Stoinis got injured and has been ruled out of this match. Mitchell Marsh has replaced Stoinis who will act as a backup.
On the other side, there’s Pakistan, who are desperate to show the world that they are not done yet. They started their tournament on a rather sad note with forgettable performances. However, they bounced back and showed their mettle in their game against the hosts England, later on going to win it. It was indeed a comeback win for a team, who had a losing streak of 11 matches. Pakistan will be hoping to go out and play the match against Australia, as their previous match against Sri Lanka was washed out, without a ball being balled.
Pakistan possess one of the strongest bowling line-ups. Their prolific bowling was at display against the England, where the world’s strongest batting team were in for a major shock. They will look for the experience of Wahab Riaz & Mohammad Amir to do the job yet again for them.
Australia, who also boasts a strong batting line-up will be wary of the threat that the Pakistani bowlers pose. They will, in all probability, look to tackle the opposition with some solid batting partnerships in place. Though their batting looked quivery against India, that is one area where they possess a major advantage against the men-in-green and they will look to reinforce it.
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Australia and Pakistan have played each other, a total of 103 times, out of which the Aussies take a mighty lead with 67 wins, while Pakistan have 32. The stats in the last 4 years is even worse for the men-in-green as they only managed to win 1 game out of 10 matches played, with Australia winning all other 9 matches. However, Pakistan have tried to balance this stat in world cups by winning 4 out of 9 matches, with Aussies winning 5.
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Three games have been washed out this early in the tournament, and the rain Gods don’t seem to be content with it. The forecast states a high possibility of a heavy downpour throughout the day. The rains could start around 9 AM and may continue to pour until the end of the day. The skies will be covered in thick clouds, which seems like the new normal in England. If the game is played, the temperature will make for good conditions for the players. The temperature may hover around the 12-degree Celsius mark. The weather report predicts a high humidity percentage tomorrow, with the numbers reaching 80% during parts of the day.
The track The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton is known for being a batting pitch. This reputation was validated in the previous match, where the teams put on good scores on the board. The game between Australia and Pakistan will mark the second ODI being played at the venue since the game in 1999 World Cup; hence, there is not a lot of history to the pitch to aid the players to make relevant decisions. Basis the last ODI, we recommend the teams to field first on winning the toss. The bowlers in the last match struggled while the batsmen enjoyed a fun time at the pitch. Given the weather conditions, it may be a miracle if the game is played. Even if the game kicks off, expect the DLS method to come into play.
Kane Richardson may make his world cup debut in the game against Pakistan. Richardson put on a decent show in the warmups and he may seem to be the obvious choice to replace Marcus Stoinis, who has been ruled out of the game owing to a side strain. Having been the most sought-after players in the IPL, David Warner and Aaron Finch are continuing their great form. Usman Khawaja scored the vital 42 runs in 39 balls, batting at number four against India.
Glenn Maxwell plays the vital role of an allrounder. He scored 28 runs at a strike rate of 200. Nathan Coulter-Nile will need to bounce into form to secure his place in the team. The team will look up to pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc to get them early breakthroughs. Adam Zampa continues to be the only spinner on the side.
PROBABLE XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.
After the disastrous initial few games, Pakistan bounced back in great force. Pakistan won against England, who at one point, seemed invincible. The team is motivated and making any changes to it may not bring the team merry. The innings will be opened by Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman, who are in decent form. Babar Azam at number 3, added 63 runs to the tally. The team will expect him to continue his form. Mohammad Hafeez, who was the man of the match in the last game, returned to form by scoring 84 at a strike rate of 135 and claiming a crucial wicket. Asif Ali has a reputation of being a destructive batsman, who scores runs at a fast pace.
His role will be crucial in helping Pakistan post a few vital extra runs. The experienced Shoaib Malik has to stay at the crease little longer, in case his team loses quick wickets. Apart from Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Amir too returned to form in the last game. He along with Wahab Riaz, have the onus of scaring the opposition to low scores, with their pace attack. Shadab Khan’s cameo during middle overs will be vital in reducing the opposition to low scores.
PROBABLE XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c/wk), Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir.
PROBABLE MATCH WINNER
Steve Smith – Australia | Fakhar Zaman – Pakistan
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TV – Star Sports
Match Timings – 15:00 IST; 10:30 local
Australia are the favourites to win the match.
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