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Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test Match Prediction

Oct 07, Sun 06:00 GMT , Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, UAE

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Pakistan 482/10 & 181/6
Australia 362/8 & 202/10 *
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- Prediction by Benny Thompson

Match Drawn

ABOUT THE MATCH

This is the first of the 2 Test and 3 T20I series that Pakistan are hosting Australia in the UAE. Pakistan were whitewashed 3-0 during their 2016-17 tour of Australia and they will be eyeing payback.

Match Preview

Pakistan and Australia have met 62 times in Test cricket with Pakistan winning 14 of the encounters and Australia winning 31. 17 of those matches have ended in draws. A series win will help Pakistan move up to 6th in the rankings while Australia could pip South Africa and rise to 2nd it they win this series.

iconPakistan Team News

Pakistan have been in patchy form of late, losing twice to India in the Asia Cup, and they will need to come out all guns blazing against the Aussies. They will look to Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq for runs while they will be banking on the bowling trio of Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Abbas.

iconAustralia Team News

Australia are of course without Steve Smith and David Warner who have been banned and skipper Tim Paine knows that he faces a mountain to climb if they are to beat Pakistan in the UAE. Their preparations have been further hampered by opener Matt Renshaw suffering a head injury during the preparatory tour match earlier in the week. He has since recovered but is unlikely to play the first Test.

With Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja leading the line with the bat and spinner Nathan Lyon and the fit-again Mitchell Starc taking care of the wicket taking, the Aussies are potent enough to take on the hosts but they will have to give it their all.

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Pitch Conditions

 

A Test match in Dubai is not going to be easy and with no hint of clouds on any of the 5 days, this is going to be a real test of the character and the fitness of the two squads. There are plenty of runs on this pitch but by day 3, there will be some turn as well.

Toss Prediction

 

The team winning the toss will elect to bat first.

Our Match Prediction

Australia will give a good fight but Pakistan can win the Test in familiar conditions.

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