Can Pakistan bounce back from crushing defeat and illness?
- Pakistan have lost one game whereas Australia have lost two out of three games in the WC.
- Australia have defeated Pakistan in eight of the last 10 clashes between the two.
Australia and Pakistan will be up against each other in match no. 18 of the World Cup 2023 M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on October 20th. Australia lost their first two games before opening their account with a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka. Australia are favourites to win this match at 1.57
Pakistan started the tournament with victories over the Netherlands and Sri Lanka but then lost to India at Ahmedabad. Batting first, they were 155/2 with Babar Azam scoring a fifty but then lost 8 for 36 runs in a massive collapse. Bowlers couldn’t do much in front of a Rohit Sharma carnage. Pakistan have odds of 2.47 to win this match.
The head to head record between these two sides in fifty-over cricket is heavily tilted towards Australia. The two teams have faced each other in 107 ODIs, with Australia winning 69 times and Pakistan claiming 34 games. As for the previous 10 encounters, Australia lead the scoreline by 8-2.
M Chinnaswamy Stadium has hosted a total of 26 ODIs in men’s cricket, with the team batting first winning 11 times and the chasing side claiming 12 games. With the possibility of dew, teams are likely to prefer chasing. Our toss prediction is that Australia will win the toss and bowl first.
Australia have lost two games in the tournament but have a better team on paper and the venue should also suit them better than the opponents. Australia head into this match as favourites with a win probability of 64%.
The average first innings score at M Chinnaswamy Stadium after 26 ODIs stands at 265. There have been 10 instances of the team batting first posting 300 or more at this venue.
The pitches at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru have generally been very good for batting. The flat pitch means the ball comes on to the bat nicely and short boundaries aid the six-hitting. The weather in Bengaluru is expected to be partly sunny and pleasant on Friday afternoon, with not a big threat of rain.
David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf
Glenn Maxwell: The Australian all-rounder will be key for Australia at Bengaluru, his IPL home ground. He has picked three wickets in the last two games at 3.5 rpo and struck 31* off 21 in the last outing.
Mohammad Rizwan: The Pakistan keeper-batter has been in outstanding form, scoring 68, 131* and 49 in three WC games. Rizwan averages 85 in his last 10 ODI innings and will be crucial for Pakistan yet again.
Australia have dominated Pakistan in recent years. They have a more destructive batting line-up compared to Pakistan, who have a traditional style. Australia also have better bowling attack between the two. Some of Pakistan players were down with high fever prior to this game and it could have an impact. We predict that Australia will win the match.
Our pick: Back Australia at 1.57 to win this one!
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David Warner hasn’t had a great time in the WC so far but remains a big factor for Australia. He has a stellar record in ODIs with over 6400 runs at 45 average with 20 centuries. Back Warner at 3.86 to be Australia’s top batter in the match!