Cricket Betting Tips, Match Prediction and Preview for Pakistan v Australia 2nd Test Day 1
The neck and neck fight between Australia and Pakistan at Dubai has now raised hopes for a cracker jacker of a Test at Abu Dhabi.
Although Pakistan were by far the better side at Dubai, Australia showed that they were not one to fall down easily. Despite being put against an almost unavoidable defeat, they somehow dragged their way on the last day of the first Test to secure a draw.
It would not be wrong to say that the draw was more of a defeat for Pakistan and more of a win for Australia after the situation both teams were in at the end of day three. It will also give the Aussie side immense confidence after what had transpired at Newlands in March. The team would start believing in itself and that can go a long way in determining the result of the series.
Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail have all been among runs and it is a great sign for the hosts. Mohammad Abbas, Yasir Shah and Bilal Asif were the major wicket takers in Dubai.
Australia, on the other hand, have got good starts from Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja. Although Travis Head performed well in the second innings, their middle order needs to step up. The bowling unit consisting of Peter Siddle, Michelle Stark and Nathan Lyon is economical and disciplined.
Let's have a look at the predicted playing XI of both teams.
Pakistan- Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Abbas
Australia- Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jon Holland
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Pakistan
Head to Head – Tests 63, Australia 31, Pakistan 14, Draw 18
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Asad Safiq (Pakistan), Aaron Finch (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Yasir Shah (Pakistan), Mitchell Starc (Australia)
Most Fours – Imam-ul-Haq (Pakistan), Usman Khawaja (Australia)
Team Scores Batting First at the end of Day 1 –
Pakistan 260+ for 4, Australia 250+ for 5
*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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