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World Cup Prediction: Australia vs. Pakistan

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. 

Pitch Conditions

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. 

Toss

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

Weather Conditions

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

                 Australia 

                      Pakistan 

Aaron Finch (C)

Sarfaraz Ahmed (C&wk)

Alex Carey (wk)

Imam-ul-Haq

David Warner

Fakhar Zaman

Steve Smith

Babar Azam

Usman Khawaja

Mohammad Hafeez

Glenn Maxwell

Asif Ali

Marcus Stoinis

Shoaib Malik

Nathan Coulter-Nile

Wahab Riaz

Pat Cummins

Hasan Ali

Mitchell Starc

Shadab Khan

Nathan Lyon

Mohammad Amir


Key Players 

AustraliaUsman 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

Australia win-5

Pakistan win-4

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. 

Till then, follow MyTeam11 for more updates about the upcoming fixtures and latest happenings in the Sports World. 

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