Pakistan vs Australia will lock horns in the 10th warm-up match ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023 on Tuesday, October 3, in Hyderabad.
Pat Cummins’ men faced the Netherlands in their first warm-up tie. In the rain-marred affair, the Aussies scored 166/7 in the 23-over per-side contest. In reply, the Netherlands batters were jolted early as Mitchell Starc took a hat-trick. The European side was struggling at 84/6 in 14.2 overs when the match was halted due to rain. The umpires eventually called off the match, and it ended in a no-result.
Pakistan, on the other hand, lost their opening warm-up tie against New Zealand. Babar and Co. batted well to put on a big score of 345/6 in their 50 overs. In reply, the Black Caps came out all guns blazing and got to the target in just 43.4 overs, with five wickets still intact. The Men in Green would love to go into the World Cup with a win after a disappointing Asia Cup 2023 campaign ahead of the loss to New Zealand. Mohammad Rizwan scored a fluent century, while Saud Shakeel impressed with an enterprising half-century. Captain Babar also played a solid knock of 80 off 84 balls to set the platform.
In a recent ODI warm-up match India locked horns with England. Cricket fans were glued to their seats throughout the match as both teams displayed their prowess and the true spirit of an ODI.
ODI World Cup 2023, Pakistan vs Australia Match Details:
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 3, 2:00 PM IST
Live Streaming Details: Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar app and website
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium Pitch Report:
The pitch at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium is true, and batters can score a lot of runs if they get their eyes in. In fact, New Zealand versus Pakistan took place at this venue, and close to 700 runs were scored. Bowlers will have to use their defensive skills to good effect to contain the batters. The captain winning the toss could opt to bat first and register a big score to put the opposition under pressure.
PAK vs AUS Head-to-Head Record:
Matches – 107, Pakistan – 34, Australia – 69, Tied – 1, No Result – 3
Pakistan vs Australia Probable Playing XI
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan, Saman Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali
Pat Cummins (C), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc
Probable Best Performers:
Probable Best Batter:
Babar Azam (Pakistan):
The consistent batter played a sedate 80-run knock from 84 balls before being dismissed by Mitchell Santner against New Zealand. Babar averages just below 50 in ODIs this year. His form will be crucial for Pakistan as they hope to win their second ODI World Cup title and the first since 1992.
Probable Best Bowler:
Mitchell Starc (Australia):
The left-arm pacer was too good for the Netherlands’ top order in conducive conditions in Thiruvananthapuram. However, credit must be given to Starc for pitching the new ball up and providing it with every chance to swing. The challenge against Pakistan will be tougher, and the conditions won’t be in his favour as much as it was in Thiruvananthapuram. However, the experienced campaigner knows how to unsettle opposition on flat tracks as well.
Today’s Match Prediction: Australia to win the match
Disclaimer: The prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.