Australia vs Pakistan has always been a battle to watch out for. Australia is coming from a reality check defeat against India while Pakistan have faced a washout in their previous clash against the Lankans. Today’s battle will be all about getting back into the groove of the World Cup.
Talking of head to head stats, Australia have always dominated in terms of World Cup matches but not that convincingly. They have 5-4 lead against Pak during the World Series clash.
Warner’s Slow Approach
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David Warner is in a never seen before avatar. He has lost his speed, his aggression & is taking a lot of time to get his eye in. He’s been amongst the runs but in an unlikely fashion taking more than run a balls to score 50s, well that’s not what you associate with the Aussie star. His contribution in the powerplay will be impeccable against Pak pace attack.
Starc lost his Spark
Mitchell Starc was steaming in confidence until he got completely thrashed away by Kohli & Co. in their previous encounter. It was a big reality check in terms of his performance and grip on the match situation. He went away for runs off Pandya, Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli & even MS took a short arm jab at him to almost go beyond the Oval stadium. He needs to get back his groove in order to give good support to Pat Cummins
The deadly duo is on a roll & knows what they are doing. Wahab will be remembering his epic spell against the Aussies when he made Watson look clueless. Him and Amir need to keep the pace up in order to eliminate the Australian top order & their depth in the batting which can take away the game even till Nathan Coulter-Nile comes in
Pak Batting prowess
Fakhar Zaman & Babar Azam along with Hafeez, Sarfaraz & Malik make a strong batting side on paper. But against a team like Australia, all these players need to step up to the occassion. If they are to win this one, they’ll have to target a good score or a good run chase against a derailed Aussie bowling line up. That’s the only advantage they have as they go in to do the damage.
May the best team win!
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