In the last World Cup Warm-up match, Pakistan and Australia will come face to face on Tuesday at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. In the last 5 ODIs, Australia has an edge over Pakistan with 3 wins. We are in for a thrilling fixture between the two heavyweights of the ODI cricket.
Pakistan will be looking forward to playing cricket on an Indian ground after a decade of absence. After the Asia Cup debacle, it's time for Babar Azam and his men to bounce back and a warm-up match against Australia is a good chance to do that.
Australia is coming to play the warm-up match after witnessing a series loss against India. However, a win in the previous fixture will the team retain the required confidence.
Afridi has picked up 10 wickets in the last 5 ODIs and can do some damage to the Australian batters.
The betting tip is...
Shaheen Afridi to pick 2.5+ wickets
In recent times, Pakistan has come out as a major power in ODI cricket. They were ranked number 1 during the Asia Cup but the loss in the Super 4 has shifted their rank to number 2, one rank below their arch-rivals India. However, Babar Azam and his men are still high on confidence and won’t be allowing Australia to dominate the match.
Men in green can motivate themselves with the last two consecutive wins in the ODI against Australia. Shaheen Afridi has been in absolute form recently. In the year 2023, Afridi has picked up 24 wickets in 12 ODIs at an economy of 5.30.
Naseem Shah won’t be part of the Warm-up matches and the ODI World Cup because of his injury.
Predicted Lineup: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim
There are a lot of unanswered questions in the Australian camp. One of the biggest questions is the inconsistency of the top order. Matt Short has not been at his best and hence Mitchell Marsh, David Warner, and Steve Smith will be opening the innings for the team. Mitchell Marsh played a valuable innings in the last game against India as he scored 96 off 84 at a strike rate of 114.29.
Alex Carry, Glenn Maxwell, and Cameron Green will be crucial for Australia in the middle order. Skipper Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood are expected to be dangerous with the ball. Adam Zampa might face difficulties with the spin attack on the Indian pitch as he has been unsuccessful in the past well.
Travis Head is still in recovery and won’t be able to make it for the warm-up match.
Predicted Lineup: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc
Pakistan has been in good form recently and they have had a good experience playing Australia. However, what they don’t have is the experience of playing cricket in Indian pitches and conditions.
After a series against India, Australia has gained momentum and they are now well aware of the playing conditions. We predict a win for Australia on Tuesday.