Australia and Pakistan face off in the first of three T20-I on Sunday with the SCG playing hosts. Both teams come into this series on the back of contrasting results. While Pakistan’s last series saw them succumb to a humiliating 3-0 loss to Sri Lanka, Australia pummeled the very same opponent courtesy of David Warner’s superlative knocks. Nevertheless, Pakistan has made a number of changes with Babar Azam leading a resourceful side. Although Australia will be considered the overwhelming favourites for this game, Pakistan’s famed reserve of fast bowling could be a obstacle for them which could result in a highly competitive game on Sunday.
Australia vs Pakistan
November 3rd, 9:00 AM IST
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
The SCG should offer help for the bowlers with the batsmen also able to score freely once they get to terms with the nature of the pitch. 170 should be competitive here with the spinners set to exploit the turn available on Sunday.
Although rain is on the forecast for Sunday, a shortened game is expected with overcast conditions aiding the pacers as well. The temperature will hover around 24 degrees Celsius with humidity also on the higher side.
Injuries: No injuries are reported from either side
Probable Playing XI
David Warner is in sensational form with 217 runs against Sri Lanka in three games. He is picked alongside Steve Smith in the fantasy team with both individuals capable of scoring big runs in the top order. Another such individual is Babar Azam, who has prior experience playing in Australia as well. The likes of Haris Sohail and Fakhar Zaman are also good option while one keeper in Mohammad Rizwan is preferred. Spin bowling allrounders, Imad Wasim and Ashton Agar should also earn some fantasy points while Mitchell Starc is another must have in the side. Mohammad Amir impressed in the practice match and should be able to pick a wicket or two against the Aussies on Sunday.
1. David Warner
2. Mitchell Starc
3. Babar Azam
David Warner, Points: 70-72, Grade: A
Mohammad Rizwan, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
Babar Azam, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
Haris Sohail, Points: 20-22, Grade: B
Fakhar Zaman, Points: 30-32, Grade: B
Mitchell Starc, Points: 80-82, Grade: A
Ashton Agar, Points: 30-32, Grade: B
Mohammad Amir, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
Steven Smith, Points: 55-57, Grade: A
Wahab Riaz, Points: 20-22, Grade: B
Pat Cummins, Points: 54-56, Grade: A