If you know anything about Pakistan cricket, you would all but write them off for the big final.
One is straight away reminded of the 2015 Champions Trophy Final when Pakistan were up against a very strong Indian side. India had lost only once, to Sri Lanka, in the tournament and were red-hot favorites. Nobody - including the betting websites - even gave Pakistan a chance.
As it turned out, defying all odds, Pakistan beat India all ends up through swashbuckling performances from Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Amir. Although many players from the 2015 team have changed, the core members like Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Fakhar Zaman remain the same.
He was one of Pakistan's stars at #U19CWC and now he's got his first full international wicket!— ICC (@ICC) July 5, 2018
Shaheen Afridi removes the man in form, Aaron Finch! ??#AUSvPAK LIVE ?? https://t.co/Wut43AngqM pic.twitter.com/uVcHNUPmGD
Fakhar has been in the form of his life with three 40 + scores in the tournament till now. He, along with Sarfaraz Ahmed and Asif Ali, will be crucial to Pakistan's batting line up. The debutante Shaheen Afridi bowled beautifully in the previous game and the Aussies would be wary of him.
For Australia, the top batsmen in Aaron Finch and Travis Head would shoulder the responsibility of taking the team to a good score. Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey would be in charge of the middle order. In the bowling department, Billy Stanlake and Andrew Tye will be the chief attackers.
They've both already book their #TriSeries final places but something else is at stake in today's clash in Harare - the number one spot in the @MRFWorldwide T20I Rankings.#AUSvPAK PREVIEW ?? https://t.co/hXt1hnlnn4 pic.twitter.com/J3pKmWuxx4— ICC (@ICC) July 5, 2018
After one win each against one another, now is the time for the encounter which matters the most.
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, Shaheen Afridi
Most Sixes - Aaron Finch, Fakhar Zaman
Team Scores (Batting First) – Australia 170+, 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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