After rain played spoilsport in the first T20I, Pakistan is set to take on Australia in the 2nd T20I of the series on November 5.
Australia was looking rampant in the 1st T20I against Pakistan, but the match had to be called off due to persistent rain. In the chase of 119 in 15 overs, the hosts were sitting at 41/0 after 3.1 overs, but the rain didn’t allow to extract any result which was frustrating for the skipper Aaron Finch.
Pakistan Vs Australia 2nd T20I
The 2nd T20I between Australia and Pakistan will take place at Manuka Oval, Canberra. The strong Aussie side will look to carry the momentum from the last series against Sri Lanka as well as from the 1st T20I of the ongoing series. They were superb in all three departments, i.e. bowling, fielding and batting.
On the other hand, Babar Azam-led Pakistan was not up to the mark. Firstly, they were very much ordinary with the bat except the captain himself who chipped in with 38-ball 59. Even though they bowled only three overs with the ball, but they, particularly Mohammad Irfan, looked miserable.
Pakistan needs to get the things back on track before the 2nd T20I to give a tough time to the Strong Australia side. With the new captain and coach, Pakistan is looking to experiment unique combination in all three formats. With the likes of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik missing out on tour, it’s going to be tough ask for this young and inexperienced side to beat Aussie in their backyard.
Pakistan is missing firepower in the lower order with the exclusion of the senior duo of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez. Asif Ali has been included in the team as a pinch hitter, but he has failed miserably so far. His numbers, in T20Is, tell all the story. The right-handed batsman has been unable to win a single game for the side since his debut. Imad Wasim has been doing well in the latter part of the innings. Pakistan has a lot of work to do if they are to beat this Australia side with the current team the visitors are carrying.
Pakistan Vs Australia 2nd T20I – Match Details
Timing: 1:10 PM (PST)
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
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
- Australia will go for the same XI.
- Pakistan may leave out Mohammad Irfan and Fakhar Zaman, and Bring In Mohammad Hasnain and Imam Ul Haq.
Weather Forecast And Pitch Report
The weather forecast for the 2nd T20I between Pakistan and Australia looks pleasing. There will be a proper cloud cover with partial sunshine, but the chances of rain are as low as 1%.
The Canberra pitch, according to the reports, will carry more bounce and pace than the Sydney pitch. Later on, it will become easier to bat on. There might be some help for spinners if they have enough in them to toss it up to the right trajectory.
Average 1st innings total in T20s here at Manuka Oval, Canberra is 170. So captain wins the toss would go for batting.
Pakistan Vs Australia 2nd T20I – Match Prediction
In the first T20I, the rain came to rescue Babar Azam-led Pakistan from a possible defeat. In the 2nd T20I, Pakistan has a lot to prove to justify their ranking. Known as the most unpredictable team, and their nature, Pakistan may give an excellent completion to the Aussie if they pick the right combination. Australia, on the other hand, will look to be on the safe side in the series by winning the 2nd T20I. The Cricketpointer win predictor still prefers Aussie with 55% to them and 45% to Pakistan.