Australia vs Pakistan, 17th Match, Wednesday 12 June

Pakistan and Australia battle dates back to the early 70s and both teams are set to take on one another one last time before the World Cup. It’s impossible to deny that Australia have the upper hand when it comes to the number of championships won. Australia have won the WC a record 5 times while Pakistan managed to win it only once. Australia have won ICC Champions Trophy twice while Pakistan won it recently. Pakistan have won T20 WC and Australia haven’t but this is certainly not about T20 cricket. This is about the WC and Australia will be looking to dominate Pakistan in their epic contest.

Pakistan vs. Australia ODI record:

Pakistan and Australia have crossed paths with each other on numerous occasions. In the 98 times they went toe-to-toe against one another, Australia decimated Pakistan 62 times while Pakistan managed to claw their way to victory 32 times. One match ended up in tie and 3 matches had no result. Numbers clearly favor Australia to be the better side. Australia, at one point, was the most formidable side in cricket during the 2000s. At the same time, Pakistan was struggling batting wise. Australia have defeated Pakistan numerous times in that span whether it was a bilateral series or an international stage. Pakistan might’ve gained some momentum over Australia recently due to the ban on Steve Smith and David Warner but both players will be available for Australia’s WC squad and that will certainly hurt Pakistan’s chances of winning.

Pakistan – Australia Clash in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:

Pakistan and Australia are scheduled to battle one another on 12th June 2019 at County Ground, Taunton. The ground is mostly used for test cricket and has witnessed some of the highest individual test scores in history. The ground has witnessed only 3 ODI matches. It is a flat track which favors batting side. Australia has the upper hand in terms of stats and potential squad. Australia have a more balanced squad with some big batting names and some of the fastest bowlers in modern day cricket. Pakistan is relying heavily on their bowlers to strike hard and fast. Situation will be a lot clearer after the Pakistan – Australia 5 ODI match series scheduled in UAE. Smith and Warner won’t be playing this series and will most likely make their comeback in WC. This would actually be good for Pakistan. Smith and Warner will be rusty and easier targets for Pakistani pacers in WC.

Pakistan’s best option in this match would be to use their bowlers effectively between the overs. We know what Smith and Warner are capable of in ODI cricket. Aaron Finch is an explosive opener and Usman Khawaja has found his lost form in the recent ODI series against India. Mitch Marsh and Marcus Stoinis are seasoned all-rounders. It would be difficult for Pakistan to bowl such a strong batting line-up considering the fact that it’s a batting friendly pitch.

Win Prediction:

It is still early to predict a winner for this contest but Australia definitely seem to be the bigger team here on the basis of available statistics. They’ve got some of the best batsmen. They’ve got strong seamers like Starc and Hazlewood. Pakistan will have to do something unorthodox to counter this batting opposition otherwise it will most certainly be Australia’s day.

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