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Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - ICC Cricket World Cup - Australia v Pakistan

Australia's Aaron Finch and David Warner during the match
Australia's Aaron Finch and David Warner during the match
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Match number 17 of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will be played between Australia and Pakistan at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.

Pakistan and Australia have played a total of 103 matches against each other, with Australia winning 67 and Pakistan winning 32. Their last encounter was in the ODI series in UAE where Australia clean sweeped Pakistan 5-0.

In the last five matches played by the two teams, Australia have won four and lost one, while Pakistan are just the opposite and have lost four and won one.

Pakistan came into this World Cup on a losing streak after getting clean sweeped at the hands of Australia in UAE. Following that was a 4-0 series defeat against England. They also lost their first warm-up match against Afghanistan, while their second practice match against Bangladesh was wahed out.

In their first match of the tournament, Pakistan skittled out for just 105 against West Indies, conceding a big defeat. However, the team regrouped and came back strongly against England in their second match. When no one was expecting them to win, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfaraz Ahmed played match-winning knocks to post 348 on the board as England fell short by 14 runs.

Australia were on a 10-match winning streak in ODIs which was broken in the last game against India. The team beat India 3-2 in a recent bilateral ODI series and followed it up with a victory against Pakistan by a huge margin of 5-0. There won both their warm-up matches and started their campaign on a positive note with wins against Afghanistan and West Indies.

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

Australia- Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja/Shaun Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan  Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

Pakistan- Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – Australia 

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

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mitchell Starc (Australia), Mohammad Amir (Pakistan)

Most Sixes – Glenn Maxwell (Australia), Asif Ali (Pakistan)

Team Scores Batting first – Australia 330+, Pakistan 310+

*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 soon, so stay tuned.

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