Deadline: November 5, 2019 at 1:40 PM IST
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
The Manuka Oval will host a men’s T20I for the first time. It has thus far been a featherbed for batsmen. In ODIs, the highest total registered here is 411 for 4 by South Africa and the highest score is 215 by Chris Gayle.
Expect plethora of runs in the second T20I.
Probable XI for Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steven Smith, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
Probable XI for Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Iftikhar Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan/Mohammad Hasnain
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Wicketkeeper: Mohammad Rizwan
Batsmen: Aaron Finch, Babar Azam (vc), David Warner (c), Steven Smith
All-rounders: Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Ashton Agar, Haris Sohail
Bowlers: Kane Richardson, Mitchell Starc
Players To Watch Out For
Babar Azam proved why he is the No.1 batsman in ICC T20I Rankings, blasting an unbeaten 59 in the series opener. Unlike the Sri Lankan batsmen, he took very little time to adjust on the fast and bouncy wickets in Australia.
Aaron Finch unleashed the Hulk in him. If rain hadn’t interrupted the play, he might as well have grabbed a few milestones. He remained unbeaten on 37 off 16. He, after all, has the highest score to his name in T20Is.
Mitchell Starc has taken 2 wickets each in his last 3 games. On Sunday, he removed Fakhar Zaman and Imad Wasim off the very first delivery.
Rain not only abandoned the match but also did not let David Warner continue his stellar show. He remained unbeaten on 2. Before this innings, he had scores of 100*, 60*, and 57*.
The way Aaron Finch was batting it looked like Australia would have sealed a win with couple overs to spare. In all, they performed well and deserved to emerge victorious. On the other hand, Pakistan could have batted better. Thanks to Babar Azam that they managed 107 in 15 overs, but the rest could not find their feet.
Australia have been in a great form of late, and if Pakistan are to put them on the back foot, they will have to launch an onslaught. Australia will smash them to pulp otherwise.
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Steven Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Ben McDermott (wk), Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Usman Qadir, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Wahab Riaz, Muhammad Musa, Mohammad Irfan