Australia taking on Pakistan, who both have had a similar kind of tournament thus far. Australia is a little better placed on the points table as compared to Pakistan with one more win in as many matches played. The two teams are set to clash on 12th June at Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. The match will be live from 3:00 pm IST.
Australia’s winning start to the 2019 Cricket World Cup came to a crashing halt on Sunday as they were outclassed by a strong India team at The Oval, and they will now look to regroup and get back to winning ways against Pakistan. Australia appears to be a fairly settled unit. Their top-order has done reasonably well and whenever it hasn’t, the likes of Coulter Nile and Alex Carey have negotiated the way for them. Despite losing the match against India, the Aussie selectors are unlikely to panic and there is every chance they will name an unchanged side.
Player To Watch Out For – Steven Smith
Pakistan’s last match against Sri Lanka was scheduled to be played on Friday in Bristol but that was washed out without a ball being bowled so it will be nine days between this game and their last completed match in which they beat tournament favorites England in a thriller at Trent Bridge. Even though they have a batting line-up that has been unpredictable, we have seen them score petty well against England. Their bowling was a major problem for them coming into the World Cup, but the form of Mohammad Amir has been one of the positives for them.
Player To Watch Out For – Mohammad Hafeez
With overcast conditions in the offing, the fast bowlers look forward to hitting the deck with some early swing. The pitch turned a bit in the second innings during the Afghanistan-New Zealand game. The team winning the toss is expected to field first.
Probable Line Ups
Australia – Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja/Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (WK), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.
Pakistan – Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali.
Australia will be favorites for this match as the team looks well balanced will be likely to come back from the loss against India.