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Online Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions - Pakistan v Australia 2nd ODI

Aaron Finch 116 in the 1st ODI against Pakistan

It was expected that Australia might perform better than Pakistan in the first ODI but it was hardly anticipated that they will do it so clinically and win the match by 8 wickets.

Bereft of many of its key players, Pakistan batted first with Shan Masood coming out to open the innings along with regular opener Imam-ul-Haq. It was the partnership between Masood and Haris Sohail (101), who batted at one drop, that set the stage for Pakistan. Umar Akmal scored an almost run-a-ball 48.

20s from Faheem Ashraf and Imad Wasim meant that Pakistan posted a par score of 280 on the board. Although not with a lot of wickets, it was the spinning trio of Australia in Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell that dried Pakistan's run scoring. Jhye Richardson and Nathan Coulter-Nile were also among wickets.

In reply, it was as clinical as it could get from Australia. Usman Khawaja batted patiently for his 30-ball 24 but it was the partnership between centurion Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh (91) which did the trick for Australia. Later on, Handscomb played a very sensible innings to see the team to a victory on the last ball of the penultimate over.

Mohammad Abbas was the most impressive Pakistani bowler and picked up one wicket, conceding only 44 runs from his quota of 10 overs. Pakistan were badly hit by the dew which quickened the pitch and as a result made run scoring a lot easier. The competition is expected to get tougher in the coming matches.

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

Pakistan- Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas

Australia- Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – Australia

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Shoaib Malik (Pakistan), Usman Khawaja (Australia)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan), Adam Zampa (Australia)

Most Sixes – Shoaib Malik (Pakistan), Usman Khawaja (Australia)

Team Scores Batting First – Pakistan 260+, Australia 280+

*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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