AUS vs PAK Match Prediction
In the 18th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Australia plays Pakistan. For both clubs, it will be an important game as they try to move up the points table. The Australians must win this match after defeating Sri Lanka in the previous one, which was their first victory. Pakistan has suffered a significant setback against India and needs to win this match to turn things around.
Pakistan’s performance against the Australians is dismal. In the past ten years, they have only triumphed against them three times. The team needs to perform well in this match to defeat the formidable Australians. They need to find answers to the questions that Australia’s form has highlighted. There is a lot on the line for both teams, thus a competitive game is anticipated.
Pat Cummins‘ team has had an unusually slow start to the tournament. After losing their opening two games, they turned things around in the last one. The camp’s confidence was boosted by the previous game’s 5-wicket victory over Sri Lanka. The five-time world champions will want to maintain their momentum and win this match to move up the standings. Given their struggles, Cummins is hoping his hitters will put up a determined display.
The team will be counting on David Warner and Mitchell Marsh to get off to a strong start in this match because they haven’t been reliable. The team anticipates runs from Josh Inglis, Steven Smith, and Marnus Labuschagne, who must perform well against the Pakistani spinners, because the middle order is potent. Pat Cummins, Marcus Stoinis, and Glenn Maxwell give this batting lineup more punch.
Given their strong performance in the competition, Australia’s bowling attack will need to get early wickets from Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc. With his newfound form, Adam Zampa needs to perform well in the middle overs with Pat Cummins. Both Stoinis and Maxwell are essential to the game and bring a wealth of bowling expertise in these circumstances.
Australia’s Predicted XI:
Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Marsh, David Warner, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), and Glenn Maxwell
Pakistan’s batting performance versus India, their bitter rivals, was terrible. Captain Babar Azam would not be pleased with how they lost the game from a strong position as the team lost by seven wickets. Azam wants his squad to go past the defeat and find their rhythm and confidence again. Their record against the Australians at the World Cup has been dismal.
Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique got off to a strong start in the last game and will want to forge a strong alliance today. The two most important side hitters in this game are Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan, who need to perform well. Additionally, the team will require runs from Mohammad Nawaz, Iftikhar Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, and Shadab Khan in the lower middle order. The side lost the match against India as a result of their subpar batting display.
Of the three games the team has played, the bowling attack has performed poorly in two of them. For the team to have a good opportunity in this game, Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali need to perform effectively. In this match, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz need to take advantage of the circumstances to exert pressure on the Australians. Iftikhar Ahmed and Haris Rauf round out the team’s potent offensive.
Pakistan Predicted XI:
Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, and Babar Azam (c)
PITCH AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
The sky will be clear in Bengaluru, and the evening will be warm and pleasant. As the game goes on, the surface will slow down, as we have seen in the past. On this wicket, batsmen can perform their strokes. In this game, the team batting first will be pleased with their 320 runs scored.
One of the best batting surfaces in the world is M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, with its calm pitch, quick outfield, and short boundaries. On a field where bowlers have limited support, batters find it easier to play and we have witnessed a number of high-scoring matches in the past.
Toss: To Bat
The team that batted first is preferred by the venue. When captains have chosen to write the total on the board and stand by it, the script has typically read the same. On this surface, the skipper who wins the toss will probably bat first.
Australia will Win this Match
Pakistan will be lacking confidence following their crushing defeat in the last match. The side will need to bowl well in this game to win because the lower middle order and the bowling attack have looked rusty throughout the competition. In the previous match, the Australia regained their form. They are the favorites because of their stellar record versus Pakistan.