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Defending Champions Australia take on unpredictable Pakistan

  • Defending champions Australia are looking to get back to winning ways after suffering their first defeat of this year's tournament against India.
  • Pakistan were frustrated by the rain, which forced their match against Sri Lanka to be abandoned, but they beat England in their previous game.
  • Australia geared up for the World Cup by whitewashing Pakistan in the UAE, in a series in which Aaron Finch was in red-hot batting form.

Australia will defeat Pakistan to get their World Cup campaign back on track.

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ICC Cricket World Cup Betting Predictions – Australia vs Pakistan

Defending champions Australia will look to bounce back from defeat to India when they take on Pakistan at the County Ground, Taunton, in their latest ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 fixture. The match takes place on June 12 and the live action begins at 10:30 local time.

 

Team Review

Australia

Australia has stuck with the same 11 players for all three matches so far, meaning Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Nathan Lyon, and Jason Behrendorff are having to remain patient. Their current XI is definitely their strongest on paper, however, so it may be another unchanged team to face Pakistan.

Steve Smith may not have won over opposition supporters since his comeback from his ban after the ball-tampering scandal, but his form means he can not be ignored either. After warming up for the tournament in top form, he has now hit 73 against West Indies and 69 against India in his last two innings.

David Warner also hit a half-century last time out – his second of the tournament – though it was compiled slowly. On the other hand, Alex Carey’s unbeaten 55 from 35 balls proved his form and showed his team-mates how the chase should have been approached. Others to look out for with the bat include captain Aaron Finch, who was named player of the series when these teams last met in the UAE. Finch hit two centuries (including a high score of 153*) and two half-centuries on his way to 451 runs in five innings.

With the ball, Pat Cummings has six wickets to his name so far to continue his fine form, while Mitchell Starc now has seven, five of which came in a match-winning performance against West Indies.

 

Pakistan

After falling well short against the West Indies, Pakistan’s batsmen were back to their best against England. Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman and half-centurions Babar Azam (63), Mohammad Hafeez (84) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (55) powered Pakistan to a big score.

As a result of their performances, all three of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq continue to boast an ODI batting average of 50 or more too. Only eight other players worldwide, ever, can say the same. The batsmen were backed up by the bowlers against England too, as Wahab Riaz justified his late inclusion in the squad with three wickets. Mohammad Amir’s 2-67, which included dangerman Jos Buttler, means he has five so far in this tournament too.

Pakistan’s ODI form looked to have deserted them as they came into this tournament on the back of their thrashings against Australia and England. That was, even more, the case when they folded for just 105 on their way to an opening seven-wicket defeat against West Indies in this tournament.

They bounced back against England, however, after powering to 348/8 thanks to half-centuries from Babar Azam (63 from 66 balls), Mohammad Hafeez (84 from 62) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (55 from 44). In reply, England was rarely too far behind the asking rate but Pakistan came back well late on to restrict them to 334/9.

 

Probable Playing XI

Australia

Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

Pakistan

Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir

 

Online Cricket Betting Tips

Australia was in dominant form when these two nations last met and they can continue that by getting back to winning ways at this World Cup. Back Australia to win the match.

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Match Info

Tournament:

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Format:

one-day

Home Team:

Australia

Away Team:

Pakistan

Date:

Jun 12, 2019

Time:

09:30 GMT

Venue:

The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, England

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