After a scintillating series win in India, the Australian team is set to visit UAE to play a five-match ODI series against Pakistan. Australia and Pakistan are set to collide against each other at Sharjah for the opening match.  With the ICC World Cup 2019 insight, both the teams will try to make the most of this given opportunity and figure out their best playing combination for the mega event. We can expect another intriguing contest between the two limited-over cricket’s heavyweights.

Pakistan will be determined to change their fortunes in this series as they were thrashed by South Africa by 5-0 in their last ODI series. The hosts have been some strong decisions after that loss and sidelined some senior players including, captain Sarfraz Ahmed. Shoaib Malik will lead the Pakistan team in Sarfraz’s absence in the upcoming series. Pakistan would be hoping to tame the mighty kangaroos with the ICC World Cup’s preparation at the back of their mind.

Meanwhile, Australia must be beaming with confidence after their emphatic victory against the World number one ODI team. Aaron Finch led his troops well to register their first series win against India on Indian soil after ten years. David Warners and Steve Smith will still have to wait for their comeback as no major changes in the Australian squad. The Australian team management wants to test this newly built lineup ahead of the ICC World Cup. The visitors would be eyeing to seal another ODI series to keep their winning momentum going.

GAME DETAILS

 

Date: Friday, March 22, 2019

Time:  04:30 PM IST

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah

League: Australia tour of UAE

Live Telecast: Sony Network

Online Streaming: Sonyliv.com

 

Head to Head (Last 5 ODIs)

Australia won- 04

Pakistan won- 01

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Australia

  • Kane Richardson makes a return into the squad after missing out in the series against India due to an injury.
  • Glenn Maxwell is not fit to start in the first ODI.

Pakistan

  • Pakistan has made 6 changes in their ODI squad after that humiliating loss in South Africa.
  • Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi have been rested for this series.
  • Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Junaid Khan, Yasir Shah, Abid Ali will feature in the Pakistan line-up.

 

 

Ground Stats ODI

Total Matches 237
Matches won batting first 128
Matches won bowling first 107
Average 1st Inns scores 223
Average 2nd Inns scores 189
Highest total recorded 364/7 by PAK vs NZ
Lowest total recorded 54/10 by IND vs SL
Highest score chased 285/4 by WI vs PAK
Lowest score defended 125/10 by IND vs PAK

 

 

SQUADS

Pakistan

Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Yasir Shah, Usman Shinwari, Abid Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Saad Ali, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hasnain

Australia

Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch(c), Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey(w), Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Shaun Marsh, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff

 

KEY PLAYERS

 

Australia

  • Usman Khawaja
  • M Stoinis
  • Pat Cummins

Pakistan

  • Imam-ul-Haq
  • Shoaib Malik(c)
  • Imad Wasim

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Pakistan:

Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Yasir Shah, Usman Shinwari

Australia:

Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch (c), Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa

 

FANTASY SAFE XI

 

 

FUNTUSH RISKY XI

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