Australia’s pace attack threat remains
Australia come off the back of a strong group stage where they beat the likes of South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to progress. Their pace attack remains their biggest plus point and Australia will look to stifle Pakistan’s strong batting with their pacers in the powerplay. They have odds of 2.02 to win this game.
Pakistan, on the other hand, were unbeaten in the group stages, beating India, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Namibia and Scotland. Their opening duo are Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan – the highest run-scorers in T20Is in 2021, who are in great form. Pakistan’s winning chances stand at 1.77.
Recent and UAE record favours Pakistan
Pakistan last lost a T20I in UAE in 2015. They have won 16 matches on the trot in the country with Babar Azam, their skipper, a part of each of these games. In short, beating Pakistan in UAE is quite a task despite the known fickleness of the format and the team itself.
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Pakistan’s form has mostly been spurred by a ruthless batting line-up that is kind of countered well by Australia’s pacers. If Australia can take a few breakthroughs upfront, Pakistan will struggle to score big in the death, where they have been most impactful.
Keep an eye on…
Josh Hazlewood: Josh Hazlewood relies on very Test match-like lengths in this format and against a Pakistan top-order that is looking for any easy balls to score runs, Hazlewood will be a problem. The Aussie quick is capable of moving the ball either way and will be helped by the less aggressive top-order.
Babar-Rizwan: Pakistan’s obvious strength is their opening pair that has notched up big scores this tournament. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are also the highest run-scorers in 2021 in T20Is. If Australia can silence them, half the job is done.
TIP: David Warner is in good form and when in that kind of rhythm, he usually scores big. Expect a fifty from Warner, back him at 3.90!
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