Cricket Betting Tips, Match Prediction and Preview Pakistan v Australia 2nd Test Day 3
The Australian middle order performed similarly to what they had in the first innings of the first test. It's just that the openers failed to contribute this time around which made the total even smaller.
The fear was always there that the Pakistan bowling may turn out to be too good for the inexperienced Australian middle order and this is exactly what panned out. The middle order consisting of Shaun Marsh, Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh did not seem capable enough of taking the attack to the likes of Mohammad Abbas and Bilal Asif.
The time spent in the county circuit seems to have done Mohammad Abbas a world of good so much so that he is a nightmare to face as a batsman. Even on these relatively batting friendly UAE pitches, Abbas was in his element. He claimed a fifer while Bilal Asif picked up three wickets.
Time in the international arena in limited-overs has helped Fakhar Zaman a great deal as he has not looked uncomfortable on his Test debut even a tad bit. He batted like a proper Test batsman and contributed to the team's score in the second essay just like the first innings.
With the lead of 281 at the end of day two, there is only one way this match is heading towards. If the Pakistani wickets do not tumble early on day three, even a herculean effort like that in the first Test possibly would not save the day for Australia.
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) – Azhar Ali (Pakistan), Aaron Finch (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan), Nathan Lyon (Australia)
Most Fours – Haris Sohail (Pakistan), Travis Head (Australia)
Team Scores Batting First at the end of Day 3 – Pakistan 350+ all out, Australia 20+ for one
*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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