Date & Time: Wednesday, June 12, 15:00 IST
Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, England
Pakistan look to extend winning with Australia search for Balance
One would never know how Pakistan would turns up on a given day. It has been the case in this tournament too, after their trashing defeat against West Indies they bounced back in style against the No.1 ODI side. On the other side, after two early victories, Australia’s lack of depth in bowling has surfaced after being defeated by India in the last game. Since Stoinis is injured, Australia will be thinking about their balance. So, it will be interesting to see whether Pakistan will capitalize on Australia’s shortcomings.
Pakistan is likely to stick with the same Playing XI of the last game unless they consider Shahem Afridi for Hasan Ali. On the other side, with Stoinis’ injury, Australia have two options, either to go with a front line batsman or a bowler.
The Surface in Taunton has produced high scoring games in the Royal London ODI Cup this year. Pacers dominated proceedings in the match between New Zealand and Afghanistan in the past week in overcast conditions. So it might be the same Scenario on Wednesday as well, with rain around in Taunton.
He is a must have Pakistan batsman in the Dream11 fantasy cricket team for today’s match. He is in good form in the last 5 matches, in which he scored 395 runs that includes 2 centuries and two half-centuries. He also has a good record against the Aussie bowlers in the last few encounters. With conditions expected to be overcast, his technique and temperament place him as the pick of Pakistani batsmen, especially as his fellow batsmen are known to struggle in pace-friendly conditions.
The Aussie opener had taken too much time to get things going in the last match which indeed didn’t turn out well for the team in the end. But on Wednesday, the same approach might be handy for Australia with overcast conditions expected throughout the day. His good record against the Pakistan bowlers may come to his aid in that case.
He seems to be back to his best in the tournament so far after a big slump in his form before. He picked 5 wickets in two matches so far and also proved to be economical. On Wednesday with conditions expected to favor pacers, he will be a key bowler for Pakistan.In addition, Steven Smith & Usman Khawaja struggled to score runs against him in the past and got out once each.
He may have dipped in terms of performance against India after his impressive show against West Indies but he holds the key for the side with his wicket-taking ability. On Wednesday, his ability to swing the ball upfront will be crucial for the Aussies with conditions expected to be in favor of pacers. So that makes him a worthy player to have in Dream11 fantasy cricket team for today’s match.
He is known for his game-changing ability with the bat and he played quite a few knocks against Pakistan in the recent ODI series. He has a strike rate of above 120 against all the Pakistan bowlers except Hafeez, against whom he strikes at a rate less than a run a ball. So his very attacking approach may complement the top order batsmen who take time to get going.