Pakistan 282 (Fakhar Zaman 94, Sarfraz Ahmed 94; Nathan Lyon 4-78, Marnus Labuschagne 3-45)
Australia 20 - 2 (7.0 overs)
At the Close - Australia trail Pakistan by 262 runs with 8 wickets remaining
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat
Venue - Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat without any hesitation. Things were going quite alright for them, with 57 runs on the board, and the loss of just Mohammad Hafeez. However, it all changed drastically, in a matter of six deliveries, as Nathan Lyon picked up four wickets to change the entire complexion of the match. Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam were dismissed for ducks.
However, Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed's counter attacking 94-run knock and his partnership with debutant Fakhar Zaman also 94, took the team to a respectable total of 282.
With just seven overs left of play for the day, Mohammad Abbas dismissed Usman Khawaja, the centurion of the last match, and night watchman Peter Siddle, to give the Aussies a couple of early blows.
The pitch in Abu Dhabi has a bit for the pacers first up and plenty for the spinners, as expected. It would not be that easy for the Australian batting line up to face the likes of Mohammad Abbas and Yasir Shah on this surface.
If the Aussies bat well and long, it would create a very interesting scenario in the match and, in turn, in the series. However, if Pakistan's bowling becomes too hot to handle, things on day two could move even faster than on day one.
Let's have a look at the playing XI of both teams.
Pakistan- Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Bilal Asif, Yasir Shah, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Abbas
Australia- Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, 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) – Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan), Aaron Finch (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan), Nathan Lyon (Australia)
Most Fours – Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan), Travis Head (Australia)
Team Scores at the end of Day 2 – Australia 230+ for all out, Pakistan 20+ for 1
*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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