With the first T20I being washed out due to rain all eyes would be on the second T20I where Australia will lock horns Babar Azam-led Pakistan in an attempt to gain an upper hand in the 3-match series. Australia would be very upset after the start Aaron Finch had given them in a rain-affected contest. With the series now wide open, the hosts would now look to register a victory by whatsoever margin in what could be a pivotal contest for both the competing units. On the other hand, Pakistan survived by a narrow margin in a game where they were all set for a loss. They would hope to keep the series alive by upsetting the Kangaroos in a must-win encounter.
Manuka Oval, Canberra
November 5, 2019
1:40 PM IST
Only one T20I has been played at Canberra with the team bowling first winning the contest by decent margins. Any score above 160 would be a par total at this venue.
There will be a slight cloud cover around the stadium with the temperature hovering between 10-16 degrees Celsius. With the dew factor coming in, one could the batsmen to make the most of the conditions in the second half of play.
No injuries have been reported for this match
Openers Aaron Finch and David Warner have been in lethal form lately and would hold the key for the hosts in the much-coveted game at Manuka Oval. In the middle-order, the trio of Steven Smith, Ben McDermott and Ashton Turner could be of great importance in case the openers fail in the early overs of play. Bowling wise, Australia looked on-spot, with Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson grabbing two wickets each to their name. Pat Cummins looked economical in the first game and would be hoping to affect few dismissals in the forthcoming feud. All in all, Australia looks well-settled and wouldn’t require any changes in the coming contest.
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
Skipper Babar Azam (59) and Mohammad Rizwan (31) were the top performers for Pakistan in the lately abandoned contest. The likes of Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, and Imad Wasim failed to register a decent knock in the previous game and thus would be itching to render a match-winning performance in the forthcoming feud. Bowling wise, the team would be banking on Mohammad Amir as he could be lethal in the initial few overs of play. Mohammad Irfan was pretty expensive in the two overs that he bowled and would look to make a comeback in the highly anticipated feud.
Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan
Aaron Finch and David Warner are must picks taking into account their current form in the T20Is. Babar Azam looked in a great nick in the first T20I, and along with Haris Sohail could form a concrete batting unit. For the wicket-keeper’s role, one could go-in for Mohammad Rizwan as he had a decent performance in the rain-reduced contest and would be hoping to emulate the same in the upcoming duel. Ashton Agar has been picking up wickets at crucial intervals lately, and along with Imad Wasim could render great benefits in the Fantasy contests. Pacers Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson laid stupendous performance in the first T20I and with Pat Cummins in the middle could completely wipe out the opposition lineup at petty totals. Adam Zampa shouldn’t be forgotten as he would look to spin the forthcoming contest in the home team’s favor.
Fantasy Team & Point Projections
Aaron Finch, Points: 80-82, Grade: A
Mitchell Starc, Points: 70-72, Grade: A
Babar Azam, Points: 70-72, Grade: A
David Warner, Points: 45-47, Grade: A
Ashton Agar, Points: 30-32, Grade: B
Imad Wasim, Points: 30-32, Grade: B
Adam Zampa, Points: 30-32, Grade: A
Pat Cummins, Points: 45-47, Grade: A
Kane Richardson, Points: 68-70, Grade: B
Mohammad Rizwan, Points: 30-32, Grade: B
Haris Sohail, Points: 30-32, Grade: B