The most successful team in the World Cup history has started their World Cup 2019 campaign in style after defeating Afghanistan and West Indies in their first two matches. However, they fell short by 36 runs against India that resulted in their first defeat of the tournament.
On the other side, the 1992 World Cup winners, Pakistan’s start in the on-going World Cup 2019 tournament has been a nightmare. Playing against West Indies in the first team, the whole Pakistani team collapsed to 105 runs. But, in the second match against England, Pakistan team bounced back and won the game by 14 runs. Their third match against Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain.
Venue: Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
In the previous match played at this venue, pace bowlers got some help. Total 13 wickets fell in that match and all of them were picked by pace bowlers. This time also, the pitch is expected to offer great movement and bounce to pace bowlers. But, a high score is also in the cards as a 300 plus total has been achieved twice on this ground in four matches.
The pitch will offer more advantage in the initial overs of the match. So, no doubt the team winning the toss will opt to bowl first.
Total Matches played: 4
Matches won batting first: 2
Matches won batting second: 2
No result/abandoned: 0
Average scores in both innings
Average 1st innings score: 305
Average 2nd innings score: 291
According to reports, moderate rain is expected. It will be a cooler day in Taunton as the temperature will be lingering around 10 °Celsius with a sky full of clouds. However, the humidity will be on a higher side, i.e. above 90s.
Team News: Australia
After the loss in the previous match against India, Australian team might replace Adam Zampa with Nathan Lyon. Other than this, no changes are expected. Once again, the batting line up will greatly depend on Steve Smith and David Warner.
Full squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
Team News: Pakistan
Talking about the team combination of Pakistan, no alterations are expected in the playing XI. The team will be eyeing to repeat the same performance they showcased against England.
Full Squad: Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail,Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain
Both team’s probable playing XI
Aaron Finch (C)
Sarfaraz Ahmed (C&wk)
Alex Carey (wk)
Australia: Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins
Pakistan: Babar Azam, Wahab Riaz, Asif Ali
Standings in the ICC ODI points table
Australia – fifth spot with 109 ratings
Pakistan – sixth spot with 94 ratings
Head to Head in World Cup
Total matches played-9
Previously, these two teams have played nine times against each other in the World Cup. In this nine meetings, Australia won five times while Pakistan emerged victorious four times.
Both teams’ score against each other in the World Cup
Highest Score Lowest Score
Australia 310 133
Pakistan 286 132
Both the teams have witnessed some memorable matches in the past. Recently, in the One-Day internationals bilateral series held at Pakistan, the Aussies whitewashed the Pakistani side. So, this will be an exciting battle to watch out for. Let’s see what happens whether the Australian team will win the third match of the tournament or Pakistan will stun Australia.
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