Pakistan is set to face Australia in the 1st T20I on Sunday, November 3. The three-match series promises to be the classic encounter between Pakistan and Australia, the World No.1 and No.4 T20I teams.
Pakistan vs Australia 1st T20I
Under the leadership of new T20I skipper, Pakistan is looking to start the new l era in the shortest format. They might be low with confidence as they were humiliated by a weak Sri Lanka side in their backyard. Sri Lanka thrashed the No.1 T20I team Pakistan 3-0 in the series before coming to Australia.
Pakistan, with a bunch of new entries in the team, will look to get back on the winning track from the first match of the series. Leaving out the likes of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan has struggled to do well so far. Babar Azam, being the top batsman in T20 cricket, will have to carry his men along in this series.
The bowling attack, Pakistan will carry in this series, contains four teenagers, i.e. Musa Khan, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Shah Afridi. A lot will depend on Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz how well they carry the young guns with them.
Australia, on the other hand, has gone stronger with the comebacks of David Warner and Steve Smith to the side. Both of them looked in sublime touch during the series against Sri Lanka.
Australia humiliated the Sri Lanka side 3-0 in the recent T20I series. This was the much stronger Sri Lanka side than that which toured Pakistan.
In the bowling department, Australia looks sharp with the likes of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins steaming in bowling at raw pace. Adam Zampa, the young leggie is ready to lead Australia’s spin bowling attack.
Pakistan vs Australia 1st T20I – Match Details
Timing: 8:30 AM (PST)
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)
Babar Azam (captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Musa Khan, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir, Wahab Riaz
Aaron Finch (captain), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Weather Forecast And Pitch Report
The weather forecast for the 1st T20I between Pakistan and Australia does not sound well. The temperature will hover in between 27C-18C. The morning will be cloudy, and thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon. The chances of rain are 49%.
Pitches in Sydney have always been batting friendly. Something similar is expected between Pakistan and Australia 1st T20I. The average 1st innings total here is 165. The team winning the toss will be keen to bat 1st.
Pakistan vs Australia 1st T20I – Match Prediction
Pakistan being the No.1 T20I team, has a high reputation behind them, but the fact is that they will be without their senior duo of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez. The Australian condition will test the youngsters a lot. Pakistan’s batting line-up will rely on the skipper Babar Azam. Australia, with the return of Steve Smith and David Warner, looks more composed on paper as compared to Pakistan. It will 60% – 40 % in Australia’s way.