Australia are ticking all the boxes and peaking at the right time before the ICC World Cup. A close encounter that could have gone either way, ended in a six-run win for the visitors. That puts Pakistan on the door step of a 5-0 whitewash, something which they want to avert.
While the Indian summer is in full flow with the Indian Premier League action, these sides will hope for one final hurrah. Pakistan still have the series against England to finalise their squad, while for Australia this is the last before the World Cup.
For Pakistan, the most disappointing fact is the failure of their bench players. Except for Mohammad Rizwan (219 runs, 2x100s), none of the batsmen could make their chances count. Even the experienced batsmen couldn’t get among the runs.
The bowlers struggled, with the biggest disappointment being Yasir Shah (four wickets, ER 5.50). Teenage fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain picked up his first wicket in the fourth match, but otherwise there have been very few positives in the series.
Pakistan Predicted XI: 1 Imam-ul-Haq 2 Abid Ali 3 Haris Sohail 4 Mohammad Rizwan (WK) 5 Saad Ali 6 Umar Akmal 7 Imad Wasim (C) 8 Yasir Shah 9 Usman Shinwari 10 Junaid Khan 11 Mohammad Amir
The four consecutive wins for Australia consolidated the gains from the Indian tour. Australia have the momentum now and have exhibited a strong desire to complete the white wash, which could mean the same playing XI being used.
Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell have been showing great signs of form, and so does Aaron Finch (398 runs, Avg. 132.66). This match will be a final chance for Khawaja and even Alex Carey to push their cases for World Cup selection.
Australia Predicted XI: 1 Aaron Finch (C) 2 Usman Khawaja 3 Shaun Marsh 4 Peter Handscomb 5 Glenn Maxwell 6 Marcus Stoinis 7 Alex Carey (WK) 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile 9 Kane Richardson 10 Adam Zampa 11 Nathan Lyon
Fantasy Players to Watch
Aaron Finch has 398 runs in the series and has three 50+ scores in four matches on the tour. His purple patch looks likely to continue and having him in your fantasy side could prove beneficial.
Mohammad Rizwan has struck two centuries in the series and both have come at important times for Pakistan. The ‘keeper will look to further his World Cup selection with another knock.
Glenn Maxwell has 188 runs in the series and more importantly, at a SR of 123.68. His stock and form have improved over the course of the tour. Picking him in your fantasy side could be the way ahead.
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