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T20I top-ranked Pakistan will lock horns with Australia, who are placed third, in the second match of Australia and Pakistan in Zimbabwe T20I tri-series, 2018 tomorrow (July 02) at Harare Sports Club, Harare starting at 01:30 PM IST.
Under Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan has won 19 T20I matches and have lost just 3. Pakistan skipper has also said that they are not thinking about the ranking but winning the series. Australia, on the other hand, is facing the toughest of their days. They have just faced a complete tour whitewash in England (5 ODI and 1 T20I) and would be looking to return to winning ways when they face number 1 ranked team. Their last defeat against England was first in seven T20 matches since last October.
Moreover, it will be more crucial for Australia as winning all the games will gift them the number 1 ranking. However, if they lose all their matches they can stoop as low as rank 7. So, a lot of ups and downs are expected to take place in the upcoming day. Pakistan will be led by Sarfaraz Ahmed while Aaron Finch will lead the Aussies.
Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe has a good batting wicket for the shortest format of the game. the highest score recorded in T20I at this venue is 198/4 while the average first innings score is 152. In a total of 16 games played here, 12 have been won by the team batting first. So, the flip of the coin will also be crucial at this pitch.
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Avg 1st inn score: 152
Avg 2nd inn score: 131
Highest Total: 198/4 (20 Ov) by Pak vs ZIM
Lowest Total: 113/10 (15.2 Ov) by PAK vs AUS
Highest Chased: 144/3 (18 Ov) by Ind vs ZIM
Lowest Defended: 138/6 (20 Ov) by Ind vs ZIM
A 15-member squad has been announced by Pakistan. Uncapped Sahibzada Farhaan and M Hafeez have made their way to the squad. M Hafeez was cleared by ICC to bowl off-spin will play as an all-rounder. S Farhaan comes in place of Ahmed Shahzad who was found positive in his doping test conducted in April.
Australia has named an unchanged squad that faced England. Aaron Finch will lead the team while Alex Carey has been appointed as his deputy.
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D’Arcy Short, Travis Head, Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Kane Richardson, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Jack Wildermuth
Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khan, Shoaib Malik, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hafeez, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan
The probable PAK vs AUS playing 11 is listed below.
Wicket-keeper: Alex Carey
Batsmen: D Arcy Short, Travis Head, Aaron Finch (c), Glenn Maxwell, (Doubt: Nic Maddinson)
All-rounder: Ashton Agar, Marcus Stoinis,
Bowlers: Billy Stanlake, Kane Richardson, Andrew Tye, Mitchell Swepson,
Wicket-keeper: Sarfraz Ahmed
Batsmen: F Zaman, Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hussain Talat (Doubt: Haris Sohail)
All-rounder: Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali
Bowlers: M Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan (Doubt: Mohammad Amir)
For Pakistan, F Zaman, M Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and Hussain Talat are the key batters.
In bowling, M Amir, Hasan Ali and allrounder Shadab Khan will be the key.
For Australia, Aaron Finch G Maxwell, T Head and D Arcy Short will be crucial with the bat. Aaron Finch scored 84 of 41 deliveries in the last match against England.
In bowling, M Swepson took 2 wickets while Billy Stanlake and Marcus Stoinis shared 1 wicket each.
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