The 1st T20I of the three-match series between Australia and Pakistan will be played at The Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney.
The match starts at 2:30 PM local time (9:00 AM IST) (3:30 AM GMT). It will be live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
Not so long ago, the Number 1 T20I team – Pakistan, was beaten in its own backyard by Sri Lanka. A whitewash at home isn’t something that is really pleasing. Since then, some restructuring has been done with the side. There is a new captain. Some of the senior players have been left aside. And now, with a slightly different looking side, Pakistan will start their new tour down under as they look not only to prepare for the T20 World Cup next year but also to keep the grip firm on the top rank.
Led by Babar Azam, Pakistan will be eyeing to dominate this format as they did a few months ago. However, Australia will undoubtedly come hard at them. It is the same team that took Sri Lanka down just a couple of days ago which will play Pakistan.
The bowlers have done a fabulous job in the recently-concluded series. But, the only concern for them at this point is that the inexperienced middle-order hasn’t been tested with the top three batsmen playing so far. A couple of important players are away for this series but that shouldn’t bother Aaron Finch. They will want another series win under their belt.
Its bad news for cricket fans in Australia and all around the world as rain might upset the proceedings in this encounter. There is a 50 per cent chance of rain throughout and we might have interruptions in between. Also, a few overs could be lost.
Due to the cloud cover throughout the game, the new ball might swing around which will test the openers. However, the surface underneath is usually a belter and batsmen can play their shots. There is every possibility of witnessing a high-scoring, exciting and shortened game of cricket. The team that wins the toss here might prefer to chase.
Average first innings score: 159 (Last three T20Is at this venue)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 0, Tied – 0
Injury and Availability News:
Glenn Maxwell and Andrew Tye won’t be a part of this series.
Probable Playing XIs:
David Warner, Aaron Finch (C), Steve Smith, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (WK), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Mitchell Starc.
Bench – Billy Stanlake, D’Arcy Short
Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed/Khushdil Shah, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan.
Bench – Imam-ul-Haq, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Musa, Mohammad Hasnain.
Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch are two top picks for your Dream11 Fantasy team. Babar Azam is an equally good option and same with Imad Wasim. Amongst the bowlers, Pat Cummins must be there in your Dream11 Fantasy side.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – David Warner, Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins
Vice-Captain Options – Babar Azam, Imad Wasim, Steve Smith
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Mohammad Rizwan
Batters – Babar Azam (VC), Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, David Warner (C)
All-Rounders – Imad Wasim, Ashton Agar
Bowlers – Kane Richardson, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Pat Cummins
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Mohammad Rizwan
Batters – Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Aaron Finch (C), David Warner
All-Rounders – Imad Wasim (VC), Ashton Agar
Bowlers – Mohammad Amir, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
The chances of Alex Carey getting to bat are very less considering he bats lower down the order. Thus, it is better to go with Mohammad Rizwan in both your teams. Also, Ashton Agar and Haris Sohail, at just 8 credits, are great deals and allow you to pick some better options in your Dream11 Fantasy team.
It is extremely tough to pick all the top players in your Dream11 Fantasy team courtesy their high credits. Be wise while picking the players.
Australia is likely to continue the winning momentum and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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