AUS vs PAK Dream11 Predictions, Team News, Match Preview & Playing 11
By Yash Mittal
AUS vs PAK Dream11 Predictions
Australia tour of UAE, 2018
Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test | PAK vs AUS WHO WILL WIN
After salvaging what looked like an improbable result (Read: a draw) in the first Test, a rejuvenated Australia will lock horns against Pakistan in the series decider at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
‘Hurt’ Pakistan look to regain their UAE Fortress
After restricting Australia for a paltry 202 in the first innings, Pakistan would have garnered hopes of regaining their stranglehold at their fortress, they’d lost to Sri Lanka last year in a 0-2 drubbing.
But, insipid second innings batting, lacklustre captaincy by Sarfaraz Ahmed on the final day where he did not bowl his best bowler in Mohammad Abbas during the first hour of the final day and off-course defiant innings by Usman Khwaja (141 off 302) meant they have to wait for the second Test at Abu Dhabi to regain their fortress.
They are further weakened by the injury to opener Imam Ul Haq, who will not take part in the second Test after fracturing his finger.
Rejuvenated Australia chase a rare series win in Asia
When Australia landed in the UAE, it was all about playing a certain brand of cricket that earns them respect among its fans as well as the cricketing folklore, and Tim Paine’s certainly took a massive step towards it as they showed immense grit and character to salvage what looked like an improbable draw when they’d been shot out for 202 in the first innings.
In a pulsating display of character, Australia batted out 139.5 overs, the third most n the history of the game in Asia to salvage a draw. Usman Khwaja (141), Tim Paine (61) and Travis Head, who scored his maiden Test fifty were at the heart of Australia’s rearguard action in Dubai and suddenly Australia goes to Abu Dhabi with a rare chance to salvage a series win in Asia.
Venue:- Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
When:- Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 11:30 AM IST
AUS vs PAK Pitch Conditions
The unexpected greenish tinge on the Abu Dhabi surface, which has the reputation of being one of the flattest decks in Test history (Average 1st Innings & 2nd innings score- 402 & 386) has sent the Australian think-tank into a quandary. But, with 45-degree heat, it just might be a mirage as described by Mitchell Starc.
Read on for AUS vs PAK Team News & PAK vs AUS Playing 11
AUS vs PAK Team News
Pakistan has named a 12-member squad for the second Test.
While Fakhar Zaman has been named in the squad while Wahab Riaz has been dropped for the series decider, as confirmed by Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Uncapped quick Mir Hamza and all-rounder Shadab Khan have also been named in the 12-member unit.
The Aussies would be tempted to field reserve paceman Michael Nesser or Queensland quick Brandon Doggett, at the expense of spinner Jon Holland, in case the greenish tinge remains on the first morning.
The top-6 are, however, expected to be the same.
AUS vs PAK Squad
Tim Paine(c), Peter Siddle, Ashton Agar, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Brendan Doggett, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc
Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Hasan Ali, Mir Hamza, Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Wahab Riaz, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hafeez
AUS vs PAK Playing 11
Here’s how both teams might line-up for AUS vs PAK, 2nd Test:-
Bowlers – Nathan Lyon, Jon Holland/Michael Nesser/Brendan Doggett, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc
Wicket-keeper – Sarfraz Ahmed
Batsmen – Babar Azam, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman
All-rounders – Mohammad Hafeez
Bowlers – Mohammad Abbas, Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza/Shadab Khan
AUS vs PAK Fantasy Tips
Wicket-keeper – Tim Paine displayed immense patience and grit to salvage a draw for the Aussies with a 194-ball-61. He’s an ideal pick for your Dream11 Team.
Batsmen – Aaron Finch (62 & 49) and Usman Khwaja (85 & 141) gave the Aussies pulsating starts in both innings while the latter showed immense grit, perseverance and patience to bat his side to a draw in the first Test.
From Pakistan, you may opt for Haris Sohail, who scored his maiden Test hundred and Azhar Ali.
All-rounders – Mohammad Hafeez celebrated his Test comeback with an epic 126 in the first innings while Travis Head, en-route to his maiden Test fifty, stitched a vital 132-run stand with Usman Khwaja in the second innings.
Bowlers – Mohammad Abbas (3-56 & 4-29) bowled with fire on a placid Dubai pitch while debutant Bilal Asif salvaged a memorable six-wicket haul to run through Australia’s middle-order in the first innings.
From Australia, Peter Siddle andNathan Lyon (2-114 & 2-58) bowled well on a flat deck.
Captain/Vice-Captain:- Usman Khwaja, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hafeez Nathan Lyon, and Bilal Asif
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