Sydney’s weather prevented Australia from winning the first T20I against Pakistan. However, there was enough time to show just why the Aussies are on the rise. Pakistan will have to do all the running from now on, as the look to stay in touch with Australia.
All eyes will be on Australia to see if they rotate the squad. Players like Pat Cummins have been playing continuously and could be rested. As for Pakistan, the need of the hour is to find the right balance and execute the plans well. That said, giving support to Babar Azam could be the key for Pakistan’s chances.
Aaron Finch and Australia were unlucky to have not taken a 1-0 lead. After blanking Sri Lanka 3-0 before, the Aussies started this series on the right foot. Although they haven’t won a match, Australia have the momentum going into the second match.
David Warner was a success story from Sri Lanka T20Is and will once again be crucial. There are concerns over Pat Cummins’ work load and he could be rested. Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson will continue to be the top picks for Australia.
It was a baptism by fire for the visitors in their tour opener. New captain Babar Azam was the only batsman who looked adept at tackling the Aussies. Batting will once again be the focus, as the top-order will be put to test.
Apart from Babar, there are very few fantasy picks up for grabs in the Pakistan camp. Mohammad Rizwan showed that he can hold his own, while Shadab Khan and Mohammad Amir need to pull their weight with top returns.
Fantasy Players to Watch
David Warner picked up another unbeaten innings.However, his was barely tested and lasted just four deliveries Canberra could bring the best out of him..
Mohammad Rizwan is rated highly in the Pakistan camp. He can be a good choice for your fantasy side.
Mitchell Starc is showing signs of great control and is controlling the action. The Aussie paceman is a good fantasy pick.
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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