Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Australia v Pakistan 2nd Test
The 2nd match of the two-match Test series on the Pakistan tour of Australia will be played at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.
The foremost factor that sets this game apart is that this Test will be played with the pink ball under lights and hence everything will be seen in that perspective.
It was an innings defeat for Pakistan in the 1st Test but it wasn't all doom and gloom for them with some individuals standing out. Opener Shan Masood could not make it big but contributed in both the innings. Asad Shafiq played a good 76-run hand in the first innings.
Wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan fought his way to 37 in the first innings and backed it up with 95 in the second innings. Babar Azam went on to silence his critics with an easy-on-the-eye Test ton. Yasir Shah also contributed in with the bat in both the innings.
Shah, was also the team's highest wicket-taker, would like to improve on his economy rate of 4.21 in the first Test. Shaheen Shah Afridi was the best Pakistan pacer at the Gabba and also did a fair bit of bowling with 34 overs under his belt.
Imran Khan performed well in the practice match with the pink ball and can be retained on that basis. 16-year-old Naseem Shah can be rested for this match on account of his workload management.
The inclusion of Mohammad Abbas is a given after all the uproar following his exclusion in the last match. His discipline with the pink ball can be a handful for the Australian batsmen.
Australia will not make any changes to their playing XI, and understandably so. Both of David Warner and Joe Burns fired in the last match, with Marnus Labuschagne missing his double ton by just 15 runs. Steve Smith will be motivated to perform after getting dismissed off Yasir Shah for the seventh time in Test cricket in the last game.
The Aussie bowling quartet of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood is at the peak of their powers and it would be insensible to even make an attempt to fiddle with it.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Australia - David Warner, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Pakistan - Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Haris Sohail/Imam-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, Imran Khan/Muhammad Musa
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win the toss? - Australia
Who will win? – Australia
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Azhar Ali (Pakistan), Steve Smith (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan), Josh Hazlewood (Australia)
Most Sixes – Babar Azam (Pakistan), David Warner (Australia)
Player of the Match – Steve Smith
Team Scores Batting first – Pakistan 240+, Australia 360+
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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