The World Cup 2019 has reached its mid-way of the second week which means it is time for match number 17 to take place. The two teams locking horns here are the reigning champions Australia and unpredictable Pakistan.
Australia are coming into this game on the back of a defeat at the hands of India which was their first loss of the tournament. Pakistan, on the other hand, registered a resounding win over the hosts England by 14 runs but their following match against Sri Lanka was washed-out without a ball being bowled.
Pakistan vs Australia
Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
Time: June 12, 03:00 PM
Two back-to-back games in this World Cup have been washed out and the climate conditions are no different here. With chances of rain on the higher side and the weather supposed to remain cloudy, once again the seam bowlers can come into play early on.
Highest Total: 373/6 (50 Ov) by IND vs SL, Lowest Total: 101/10 (40.3 Ov) by SLW vs RSAW,
Highest Chased: 231/5 (41 Ov) by ZIM vs KEN, Lowest Defended: 269/10 (48.3 Ov) by AUSW vs RSAW.
Matches Played: 103
Pakistan won: 32
Australia won: 67
No result: 04
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Shaun Marsh, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis, Steve Smith, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa.
Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Shaheen Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain, Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik.
With overcast conditions predicted, the seamers will get ample assistance here and the team batting first will feel the fire up front. The teams we are providing here are filled with seaming options from either side.
#2: The underperformers finally performing
Some big names like Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Glenn Maxwell, Shaob Malik, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan etc have got nothing up their sleeves. The teams we are providing here will focus on these players and we will be backing them to perform well here.