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Pakistan vs Australia 2018, 1st T20I Match Prediction

Oct 24, Wed 16:00 GMT , Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Australia 89/10
Pakistan 155/8
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- Prediction by Benny Thompson

Pakistan won by 66 runs.

ABOUT THE MATCH

After winning the Test series, Pakistan host Australia in a 3 match T20I series in the UAE. The first match will be played in Abu Dhabi while the other two will be contested in Dubai.

Match Preview

Australia have won 3 of the last 5 T20I matches against Pakistan but Pakistan have won the last 2 that were part of the Zimbabwe Twenty20 Tri Series.

Overall, of the 17 matches played, Australia have won 7 while Pakistan won the other 10.

iconPakistan Team News

Mohammad Amir who was dropped from the Test squad due to poor form has also been dropped from the T20I squad. 30 year old left arm seamer Waqas Maqsood has been called in as a replacement. All rounder Imad Wasim who missed the Asia Cup due to injury is back in the squad.

Mohammad Nawaz and Haris Sohail who were part of the tri series in Zimbabwe have been dropped in place of Imad and Babar Azam.

iconAustralia Team News

D’Arcy Short and Ben McDermott played well in the warm T20I against UAE and Australia will look at both of them for runs. There is also experience in the form of Glen Maxwell and captain Aaron Finch.

Good news for Australia is that injury prone pacers Nathan Coulter Nile and Billy Stanlake are back in the squad and played the warm up match. Though Australia struggled in the Test series, there is enough in their arsenal to suggest they can triumph in the 20 over format.

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Pitch Conditions

 

On yet another typically warm day at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium with temperatures going up to 33 degrees Celsius, there will be plenty on the pitch for the batsmen but enough carry for the bowlers as well.

Toss Prediction

 

The team winning the toss is most likely to bat first.

Our Match Prediction

Australia to win this and take a 1-0 lead in the series.

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