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Cricket Betting Tips, Match Prediction and Preview for Pakistan v Australia 2nd T20I

Shadab Khan a key bowler for Pakistan

It was expected that the Australian team will leave behind the horrors of the Test series in the shortest format of the game. But the way they began the series would not do much to inspire confidence.

Unlike the Australian Test team, the T20I side is filled with explosive shot makers and impact players such as Aaron Finch, D Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott and Alex Carey. Most of them have done exceptionally well in the Big Bash League and other domestic T20 tournaments across the globe.

The bowling consisting of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake also looks threatening. But, all this could not come together in the first T20I.

The Australian team raised hopes of making a strong comeback in this series by rattling Pakistan's middle order and restricting them for 155 as it was a below par total.

However, for some reason, their batting never kicked off. The batsman knew just two modes, either to tonk the ball out of the ground or get out. As a result, they skittled out for 89. The lineup will have to show a bit more sensibility than just wild slogging if they have to come good against a top quality bowling attack of Pakistan.

With Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi in their ranks, Pakistan are capable of defending even small totals. If their batsmen step up a bit, it would be very difficult for the Australian team to gain momentum in this series.

As it is, given that this is just a three-match series, it is always a tough ask for any side to bounce back after losing the first match.

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

Pakistan- Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi

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

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – Pakistan

Head to Head – T20Is 19, Australia 7, Pakistan 10, Tied 1

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Babar Azam (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 140+

*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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