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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan vs Australia Match Likely To Be Affected By Rain

Pakistan vs Australia – Match 17 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will take place between the two 1999 finalists. Things are starting to bubble up nicely. Both teams are entering a key phase of the tournament in terms of their semi-final hopes.

Australia’s shortcomings were shown up by an impressive Indian performance at The Oval, and Pakistan have been kicking their heels since turning on the style to beat England with a washout against Sri Lanka.

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Fakhar Zaman plays a pull shot

Pakistan vs Australia whitewash

A couple of months ago, Australia whitewashed Pakistan 5-0 in a bilateral series in the UAE, albeit vs an underpowered Pakistan side.  If they can channel the form shown against England, with bat and ball, they are fully capable of overturning Australia. It would be a huge result ahead of their marquee clash against India on Sunday.

Preview

The venue for the match, Taunton, could add a few more issues to consider with some short boundaries on offer and the weather forecast remaining uncertain. All that points to win toss, bowl first.

Form Guide

(Last five completed matches, most recent first)

Australia LWWWW
Pakistan WLLLL

David Warner is scoring runs, but not at the rate that everyone has become accustomed to and that Australia ideally need him to. In the space of three innings at the World Cup, he has twice set a new mark for his slowest ODI fifties. Australia would want a brisk start from him today.

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David Warner walks off after his unbeaten 89

Four years ago, Wahab Riaz gave us one of the most thrilling duels of the 2015 World Cup as he put Shane Watson through the wringer with a vicious spell of short bowling in Adelaide. Little more than a month ago, it did not seem like Wahab would be back for the 2019 event but a typically last-minute change of plans altered that. Against England, he shipped 82 runs but, crucially, claimed three wickets to help secure Pakistan’s victory.

Team News

Australia (possible): 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch (capt), 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Shaun Marsh, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Alex Carey (wk), 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Jason Behrendorff

Pakistan (probable): 1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Asif Ali, 8 Wahab Riaz, 9 Hasan Ali, 10 Shadab Khan, 11 Mohammad Amir

Pitch and Conditions

Taunton is traditionally a high scoring venue for domestic one-day cricket. The forecast is for a cloudy day with a chance of showers so it could again be the quicks who prosper.

Match Details

Match 17: Pakistan vs Australia

Venue: Taunton, Somerset

When: Wednesday, 12 June

Time: 02:30 pm PST, 9:30 am GMT

 

 

 

Faisal Rahat

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