Australia v Pakistan 1st T20 Tips, Predictions and Preview - Australia to continue winning form

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Fresh from whitewashing Sri Lanka, a confident Australia will look to topple no. 1 ranked Pakistan in the three-match T20I series which begins at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Interestingly, both sides are coming off a whitewash – Australia dishing out one to Sri Lanka, while Pakistan at the wrong end of one at the hands of Sri Lanka. All that will count for nothing as two of the exciting T20 teams get ready for a battle of supremacy.

Australia


The hosts banked on a strong batting performance by David Warner to blank the Sri Lankans. The opener remained unbeaten through the series, scoring 217 runs with two 50s and one century. Aaron Finch and Steve Smith were also among the runs, although their middle-order was barely required.

Another comforting factor for the Australians was the performance of their bowlers. Pat Cummins (six wickets) and Adam Zampa (five) managed to stay among the wickets, while Ashton Agar impressed with an ER of 5.33.

Pakistan


Pakistan are coming off a 3-0 loss at home to Sri Lanka. But the scars of that loss wouldn’t be an issue, as the visitors come here with a fully revamped side. Captain Babar Azam remains their best bet with the bat, while the likes of Haris Sohail and Fakhar Zaman should give them an edge.

It is with the ball that Pakistan provide a bigger test to the host batsmen. Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim give them variety and experience. As shown in their six-wicket win in the warm-up, Pakistan can’t be taken lightly.

Match Up


Australia enjoyed the series against Sri Lanka, largely due to the inept bowling they faced. Pakistan will be a different kettle of fish – especially with the ball. The variety and pace that the visitors have will have Australia hopping. Should Pakistan play to their potential, this will be an exciting match. Warner’s form gives them the edge, but the untested middle-order will mean they might come under pressure against Pakistan.

History & Statistics


  • Australia have won their last five T20Is.
  • Australia have lost 12 of their 20 H2H T20Is to date.
  • Eight of the last 11 T20I H2Hs were won by the team batting first.
  • Pakistan have won their last five T20Is against Australia.
  • Pakistan have lost six of their last seven T20Is.
  • Eleven of Pakistan’s last 13 T20Is were won by the team batting first.

Key Players


Warner was in exceptional form against Sri Lanka, scoring runs at will. Although he benefited from some poor bowling and won’t get the same freebies from Pakistan, back the opener to keep scoring runs.

Babar Azam has long been Pakistan’s best batsman in all formats. It will be interesting to see how he responds to being the captain of the side. As of now, runs from Azam will be vital for Pakistan.

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Australia v Pakistan 1st T20 Tips, Predictions and Preview - Australia to continue winning form

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