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Cricket Betting Tips, Match Prediction and Preview for Pakistan v Australia 1st T20I

Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman
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The last time Pakistan and Australia met in a white ball setting, it was in the final of a tri-nation tournament hosted by Zimbabwe where Pakistan dominated Australia.

Pakistan have been doing well in the T20Is off late. In fact, they have won all three of their last three matches played in Abu Dhabi. The 373-run victory in the second Test at this venue will also be at the back of their mind when they take the field to face the Aussies.

Australia are also not short on firepower as possibly was the case in the Test series. They have the likes of Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn, D'arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell who are more than capable of taking the attack to any opposition.

D'arcy short is coming off an explosive double hundred in Australia's domestic tournament. He would get support from the likes of Travis Head and Alex Carey in the middle order. Billy Stanlake, Andrew Tye, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Adam Zampa make for a very good T20 bowling lineup.

Pakistan have recalled Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez who were a part of the team when they won the 2017 Champions Trophy. Mohammad Amir has been dropped and Waqas Maqsood has been included in his place. Hasan Ali Shaheen, Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan are the other lead bowlers.

In the batting department, the experience of Shoaib Malik will come in handy for the team. Fakhar Zaman would love to be back to his explosive best at the top of the order.


Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.

Pakistan- Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c) (wk), Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Usman Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi

Australia- D'Arcy Short, Aaron Finch (c), Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Billy Stanlake, Adam Zampa

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – Pakistan

Head to Head – T20Is 17, Australia 7, Pakistan 9, Tied 1

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan), Aaron Finch (Australia)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Shadab Khan (Pakistan), Billy Stanlake (Australia)

Most Sixes – Shoaib Malik (Pakistan), Chris Lynn (Australia)

Team Scores Batting First – Pakistan 160+, Australia 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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