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Cricket news - Pakistan hope for fortune reversal as Australia seek series win

With the change in venue, Pakistan will hope that it brings a 180-degree change in their fortunes.

The first two matches in Sharjah saw Pakistan go downhill. After Australia registered the second-highest run chase at the venue in the series-opener, the tourists levelled the record for the highest-ever chase in the second match bringing Pakistan's hapless bowling under the scanner. Aaron Finch, who was well out-of-form before the series, piled on two centuries, crossing the 150-run mark in the second. And to add to their misery, Pakistan's bowlers have not been able to bother Usman Khawaja, as his prolific return to ODI cricket continues. To add context, the two on Sunday were allowed to knit Australia's only second double-century opening-stand.

Except for the two centuries that Haris Sohail and Mohammad Rizwan scored in the first and second ODIs, Pakistan have batted terribly. Their openers, a new combination, have failed to click. The excessive consumption of dot balls in the middle overs followed by the apparent lack of will to make the most of the death overs have raised questions over the very abilities of the players. The latter is more troubling, considering Pakistan added only 73 runs - 13 less than the first match - in the last ten overs in the second match despite most of the balls being consumed by the batsmen, Shoaib Malik, Fahim Ashraf, and Imad Wasim, who will be playing the World Cup.

With the change in venue, Pakistan will hope that it brings a 180-degree change in their fortunes. That, however, seems unrealistic considering the tactics that the team has displayed so far.

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Where: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

What to expect: Another dry surface that'll provide batsmen with ample opportunities to get runs under their belts ahead of the all-important World Cup. With the clouds expected to hover over the stadium for most part of the afternoon, there might be some lateral movement in the air for the seamers. Erratic thunderstorms might impact the game.

Team News

Pakistan:

Faheem Ashraf returned home after the second one-dayer as the PCB decided to rest the all-rounder to keep him fresh for the England tour - which includes a T20I and five ODIs against England before the World Cup. The team management has not asked for a replacement as it is satisfied with the pacers in the squad. This is likely to see the introduction of either Junaid Khan or Usman Shinwari in the line-up. Mohammad Amir, who was benched after a lacklustre show in the first ODI, may get another go.

Probable XI: Imam ul Haq, Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik (c), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Abbas/Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Junaid Khan/Usman Shinwari, Yasir Shah

Australia

Jhye Richardson has been ruled out of the remainder of the series due to a shoulder dislocation that he suffered while trying to save a boundary in the last match. He has been sent back to Australia for further examination. Though the Australian batting has hardly been challenged, the team management might want to try Ashton Turner in these conditions.

Probable XI: Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb/Ashton Turner, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson/Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa

What they said?

Usman Khawaja: "We can't get relaxed, we can't think that we've done all the hard work and that we're fine now. There's still three games left and three games is a long time in cricket."

Shoaib Malik: "It is not about winning the series. Rather, our focus is to test out our bench strength in this series."

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