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Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Australia v Pakistan 1st T20I

David Warner
Australia's David Warner has been in top form

The 1st match of the three-match T20I series on the Pakistan tour of Australia will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney.

In each of the last five T20Is played between Australia and Pakistan, the Men in Green have emerged victorious. First, they won both their T20Is against Australia in the Zimbabwe T20 tri-series and then whitewashed the Aussies 3-0 in in UAE in October 2018.

Out of the total 20 T20Is played between the two teams, Pakistan have won 12 while Australia have won 7. However, recent form is a bit different. While Australia have won all of their last 5 T20Is, Pakistan have won one and lost 4.

Australia are coming off a thumping 3-0 series win over Sri Lanka where David Warner was the star and remained unbeaten throughout the series. On the other hand, Pakistan suffered a 3-0 loss against a second-string Sri Lankan side at home.

The series loss against Sri Lanka had serious repercussions for Pakistan as Sarfaraz Ahmed was sacked as captain, dropped for the team and replaced by Babar Azam. Mohammad Irfan, Musa Khan, Usman Qadir and Mohammad Rizwan were drafted into the team.

The Men in Green performed well in their practice match against Cricket Australia XI and beat them by 6 wickets on the back of a great bowling performance from leg spinner Shadab Khan and contributions from their top 3 in Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail.

After not giving Sri Lanka a chance, the Pakistan series will bring in ample competition for the hosts.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

Australia- Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson

Pakistan- Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win the toss? - Australia

Who will win? – Australia

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Babar Azam (Pakistan), David Warner (Australia)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Shadab Khan (Pakistan), Adam Zampa (Australia)

Most Sixes – Asif Ali (Pakistan), Aaron Finch (Australia)

Player of the Match –  David Warner

Team Scores Batting first – Pakistan 170+, Australia 185+

Match Handicap Australia

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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.

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