Australia will face Pakistan in the 18th fixture of the ODI World Cup on Friday at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. In the last 10 years, Australia has won 14 ODIs against Pakistan out of 17 matches and it shows their dominance over men in green in the ODI format.
The multi-World Cup champions, Australia, have found themselves in the 8th position in the point table with only one win and a net run rate of -0.734.
In the last 5 ODIs, Rizwan has scored a century and a half-century. He has scored a total of 315 runs in the last 5 ODIs at an average of 63.
The betting tip is...
Mohammad Rizwan to score 50+
After two consecutive losses against India and South Africa, Australia has finally managed to score their first win in the tournament in the 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka. It was a day for spin bowling where Adam Zampa picked up his 4-wicket haul at an economy of 5.88 in 8 overs.
Mitchell Starc and skipper Pat Cummins also contributed with two wickets each. The bowlers kept good control over the game and didn't allow the opposition to build a strong partnership.
The batters were not under pressure as it was a low-scoring game. Mitchell Marsh gave a good start with 52 off 51 at a strike rate of 101.96. Marnus Labuschagne (40 off 60) and Josh Inglis (58 off 59) built a solid partnership to take the team closer to the winning score.
The failure of David Warner (11 off 6) and Steve Smith (0 off 5) will be the primary concern for the team management.
After Josh Inglis’ performance in the previous match, he will be the first option for the wicket-keeper instead of Alex Carry.
Predicted Lineup: Pat Cummins, Josh Inglis, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
After two strong wins over the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, Pakistan witnessed their first loss of the tournament against their arch-rivals India. It was a low-scoring game as Pakistan’s batters completely failed to handle the pressure against the Indian bowling attack. Abdullah Shafique (20 off 24) and Imam-ul-Haq ( 36 off 38) were the weak links at the top order.
Skipper Babar Azam scored his first fifty on the Indian track and handled the situation. After Mohammad Rizwan’s (49 off 69) departure, Pakistan’s batting order was completely demolished and was back to the pavilion for just 30 runs.
On the bowling front, Shaheen Afridi picked up two major wickets from Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill but couldn't stop Team India from winning the match. Hasan Ali also contributed with a single wicket.
The failure of spinners and the weak performance by the middle order will be the major concern for the team management. Mohammad Rizwan will be the key player for the team as he has scored a total of 227 runs in the last three matches.
Skipper Babar Azam won’t be making any changes to the squad but will be expecting the middle order to perform at their best.
Predicted Lineup: Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi
We are in for an absolute thriller because both teams will be hungry to win and gain some momentum for the rest of the tournament. Pakistan has been struggling with the inconsistency of their batting unit and a complete failure of their spin bowling.
Australia, after their previous win, has gained momentum and now it will be difficult to stop them. We predict a win for Australia on Friday.