After Sydney’s rain, it was Steve Smith who showered in Canberra. His masterclass meant Australia have taken a 1-0 lead in the series. The teams now finish the series with the third one at Perth Stadium on Friday.
Australia will not be able to overtake Pakistan in the T20I rankings, but can win the series. On the other hand, Pakistan can salvage pride with a win and draw the series. However, going by the way things have gone, that looks far from Pakistan’s reach.
The hosts have given rest to Pat Cummins to keep him fresh for the upcoming Tests. Their top-order has been cohesive and among the runs giving Australia a strong edge. There still is so much to offer from Australia, which makes them more dangerous.
For your fantasy picks, have a look at Finch and Smith. Both the players have been brilliant with their execution all summer. Ashton Agar is another such player who can make it to your side. His all-round skills didn’t come to the fore yet, with his batting scarcely required.
The visitors started the series with high hopes, but have failed to take off. While the batsmen struggled to get going, the bowlers didn’t look threatening enough. Only their captain Babar Azam was able to score runs consistently.
That makes Azam a must pick for your fantasy side. To go with that, there are other picks like Imad Wasim and Mohammad Rizwan. Both the all-rounders haven’t really clicked, but can always contributed with their skills.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Steve Smith has shown that irrespective of the format, he can score runs at will. His ability to take conditions out of the equation make him a good pick for your side.
Ashton Agar has been the silent contributor for Australia with the ball. He kept his end tight, while making sure that wickets fell at the other end.
Babar Azam has been the lone contributor for Pakistan. His twin 50s in the series have come at appreciable strike rates too. Not for nothing is he the World #1 ranked batsman in the format.
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 Sean Abbott 9 Mitchell Starc 10 Billy Stanlake 11 Adam Zampa
Pakistan: 1 Babar Azam (C) 2 Fakhar Zaman 3 Haris Sohail 4 Iftikhar Ahmed 5 Asif Ali 6 Mohammad Rizwan (WK) 7 Imad Wasim 8 Shadab Khan 9 Mohammad Amir 10 Mohammad Musa 11 Wahab Riaz
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