After Zimbabwe's 7-wicket loss to Pakistan, the hosts have already been knocked out of the tri-series. Before the actual final on the 8th of July, it will be all about one-upmanship as Pakistan and Australia lock horns with each other.
Pakistan v Australia T20I Tri Series
Venue Harare Sports Club
Date July 4th
Time 09.00 AM BST
Zimbabwe showed signs of fight back as Solomon Mire took his team to a decent 162-run total. The right-hander may have missed his century by six runs but won many hearts. Fakhar Zaman, Hussain Talat and Sarfaraz Ahmed then took Pakistan to victory in the last over.
Pakistan survive what could have been a nervy chase to pick up their second win of the #TriSeries! After slowing in the middle overs, Sarfraz and Shoaib turn it on at the death to seal victory by 7 wickets with 5 balls spare.#ZIMvPAK scorecard ?? https://t.co/Dy9HGX7IiW pic.twitter.com/fkW5sJYozm— ICC (@ICC) July 4, 2018
However, the wounds of a comprehensive 9-wicket loss against Australia would be still hurting Pakistan. The number one ranked side would like to get rid of its inconsistency and execute a show which is worthy of the top ranked team.
Australia, on the other hand, would be very hard to stop as they have a lot going inside them. After an insulting series defeat against England, the Aussies would want to compensate by winning everything that comes their way.
Aaron Finch is looking in scary form and he has D' Aarcy Short and Travis Head to give him company. Pakistan would be wary of Billy Stanlake who plundered their top order in the previous match. Andrew Tye would also be a handful with his slower ones and variety of bumpers.
Pakistan would want the likes of Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan and Shoaib Malik to contribute a little more. Their hopes would again rest on Fakhar Zaman and Sarfaraz Ahmed in the batting lineup. Hassan Ali and Mohammad Nawaz are expected to be the most lethal Pakistan bowlers.
Now let's have a look at the two squads.
D Arcy Short, Aaron Finch(c), Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, Alex Carey(w), Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson, Mitchell Swepson, Billy Stanlake, Nic Maddinson, Jhye Richardson, Jack Wildermuth
Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction*
Who will win? Australia
Player of the Match – Billy Stanlake, Fakhar Zaman
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) - Aaron Finch, Fakhar Zaman
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) - Billy Stanlake, Hasan Ali
Most Sixes - Aaron Finch, Fakhar Zaman
Team Scores (Batting First) – Australia 180+, Pakistan 150+
*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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