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Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test Match Prediction

Oct 16, Tue 06:00 GMT , Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Australia 164/9 & 145/10 *
Pakistan 400/9 & 282/10
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- Prediction by Benny Thompson

Pakistan won by 373 runs

ABOUT THE MATCH

The draw in the first match might have felt like a win for Australia after they somehow pulled off an unlikely result after Pakistan had seemed in complete control for most of the five days.

Match Preview

With the first match ending in a draw, the second and final Test match of the series has become the all important decider. Can Pakistan win their home Test series or will Australia pull off their first Test series win in Asia since 2011?

iconPakistan Team News

Opener Imam-Ul-Haq fractured a finger while fielding on the final day of the first Test and has been ruled out of this one. In his place, Pakistan could give a debut to Fakhar Zaman or promote Azhar Ali up the order and bring spinner Shadab Khan into the team.

Pakistan were always in control of the first Test but their spinners were listless on the final day against Usman Khawaja who forced the match into a draw. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmd will hope he has a better gameplan for this match.

iconAustralia Team News

Debutants Aaron Finch and Travis Head played exceedingly well in support of Khawaja to give Australia a selection nightmare. Regular opener Martin Renshaw was rested for the first Test after getting hit on the helmet during the warm up game but the way Finch and Khawaja played in the first Test has cast doubts about whether to tinker with the opening pair. Australia could include Renshaw in the XI but might choose to push him down the order.

Another question is Mitchell Starc who struggled for rhythm in the first Test. His selection hangs in the balance.

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Pitch Conditions

 

It’s going to be another hot five days under the Arab sun for players from both sides with the average temperature expected to hover around 34 degrees Celsius. The pitch will continue to deteriorate with each passing day and will provide assistance to the spin bowlers. A lot hinges on winning the toss.

Toss Prediction

 

The team winning the toss will most likely elect to bat first.

Our Match Prediction

Pakistan to nick this one on the final day.

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