- The top order batsmen of Australia have been giving a good start in the first 6 overs
- David Warner has not been dismissed yet in T20I’s since he made a comeback this summer
- Pakistan lacks good power hitting batsmen to accelerate in the end
The first T20I match between Australia and Pakistan was called off due to persistent rains. Pakistan scored 107 for five in 15 overs with captain Babar Azam scoring a half-century. Australia were given a target of 119 under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia were cruising in their run chase as they raced to 41 for no loss in 3.1 overs with Aaron Finch hitting the Pakistani bowlers all over the park. But rain played spoilsport as Pakistan got saved by the weather. Due to no result in the first game both teams will look to start fresh.
Australia will be disappointed by the result of the previous game as they were charging towards victory. 11 more balls would have seen them go one up in the series. Captain Aaron Finch was left disgruntled after rain denied his team the chance to complete what seemed a likely victory. The source of his discontent was the time allotted for the innings changeover - which remained at the usual 20 minutes even after rain had interrupted Pakistan's innings, with the forecast being for more showers later.
Australia have dominated in all the matches they played in this summer. Maxwell’s absence did not bother the team in any way. With just less than a year’s time Australia will look to try their bench strength to cover all their bases. They will be going for the series win to show their dominance at home.
Pakistan on the other hand would be relieved from the first T20I as it would have been an embarrassing loss against Australia. Pakistan top order batsmen have batted well as Babar Azam is looking in great form as usual. It was his first match as a Captain and had led the team from the front. The strong body language from the captain is the biggest positive for Pakistan which they can draw from in the second T20 on Tuesday.
Questions are being raised on the selection of pace bowler Mohammed Irfan who made his comeback after two years, as he almost gave the match away to Australia. Fakhar Zaman’s inconsistency is a big concern for Pakistan. Rizwan’s limited ability at number 4 is a disadvantage for Pakistan as he is slowing the run-rate. Pakistani bowlers will also be in pressure ahead of this game as they lacked swing bowling with the new ball.
The team which wins the toss will choose to bat first because big runs on the board will put pressure on the team chasing.
Average first innings score: 170
Record of batting first teams: 2 out 4 wins
PITCH AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
It is going to be the first T20 international to be held in this venue. Manuka Oval historically is a high scoring pitch provided it is not a green top wicket. The weather is going to be pleasant with less chances of rain to play spoilsport during the match.
David Warner is in the form of his life; he will be eyeing for big runs in this match and Aron Finch will continue to support him along with Steve Smith who will anchor the innings. Starc will take early wickets. For Pakistan Babar Azam will continue his good form with the bat.
Looking at the recent form of both the teams we predict Australia will beat Pakistan hands down. They can win the match with 10 balls to spare.