Australia’s home season continues with a three-match T20I series against Pakistan starting on Sunday. The hosts are fresh from a 3-0 demolition of Sri Lanka and will look to make a winning start in Sydney. Australia start this match as favourites, considering their recent form.
Interestingly, Pakistan lost 3-0 at home to Sri Lanka. However, Pakistan made notable changes after that. Babar Azam has been made the captain, while a number of exciting new players are drafted.
The hosts were ruthless against Sri Lanka to win all the matches comprehensively. The batsmen led the show as Australia won by margins of 134 runs, nine wickets and seven wickets. Even the bowlers had it easy, as the Sri Lankan players struggled to adapt. However, Pakistan will present a different challenge.
The players to watch in the Australia camp are David Warner and Pat Cummins. The opener has shown great hunger in converting his starts to match-winning knocks. Cummins has been a silent contributor against Sri Lanka. With his form now up to scratch, the fast bowler will look to make it count against Pakistan.
Pakistan were beaten 3-0 at home by a depleted Sri Lankan side. However, that is a thing of the past, as the visitors have made important changes. Key batsman Azam has been given the captaincy. Pakistan have a lot of variety in their bowling. They can be difficult to negotiate, as shown in the practice game.
There are a number of match winners for Pakistan. Some key names will be Babar Azam, Imad Wasim and Haris Sohail. As they look to lead Pakistan, choosing them for your side will be prudent.
Fantasy Players to Watch
David Warner scored 217 runs in three innings without getting dismissed against Sri Lanka. He will be tested by the Pakisani fast bowlers, but Warner looks good to impress.
Imad Wasim has 41 wickets in 38 T20Is, while his batting SR of 150 makes him a dark horse in your picks.
Ashton Agar has been impressive against Sri Lanka showing exemplary control. He was not needed with the bat, but Pakistan will be a bigger challenge.
Australia: 1 Aaron Finch (C) 2 David Warner 3 Steve Smith 4 Ashton Turner 5 Ben McDermott 6 Ashton Agar 7 Alex Carey (WK) 8 Pat Cummins 9 Mitchell Starc 10 Kane Richardson 11 Adam Zampa
Pakistan: 1 Babar Azam (C) 2 Fakhar Zaman 3 Haris Sohail 4 Mohammad Rizwan (WK) 5 Asif Ali 6 Iftikhar Ahmed 7 Imad Wasim 8 Shadab Khan 9 Mohammad Amir 10 Mohammad Irfan Wahab Riaz
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