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Cricket news - With the series lost, can Pakistan manage a consolation win?
The series continues to unfold the way it was anticipated. Australia haven't really been troubled as they secure another emphatic series win over Pakistan. With the series now moving to Dubai for the last two matches, Aaron Finch's men eye yet another whitewash. Pakistan, on the other hand, have failed miserably in all facets of the game raising serious questions over their bench strength.
If this series has done anything, it has amplified the pressure on Pakistan's frontline players due to their replacements' inability to live up to the expectations. Perhaps, this, after all, was not the time to test out the players on the periphery of a regular playing XI.
The Abu Dhabi ODI further shed light on Pakistan's failure to deploy their resources effectively after how Usman Shinwari and Junaid Khan, who were benched in the first two matches, fared in their opening spells. Pakistan had failed to make early in roads in the first two matches something that the pair did in a matter of a few balls. With the pitch providing assistance to spinners in the middle-overs, Pakistan, keeping minimum fielders inside the inner circle, squandered an opportunity to exert pressure on the Australian batsmen and allowed constant rotation of strike. That coupled with countless fumbles, which converted dots into singles, and a regulation catch put down in the death got Australia to a defensible total.
From the onset of the chase, Pakistan's batting crumbled as Pat Cummins, returning to the side, reduced Pakistan to three down for mere 16 in seven overs. Unlike Australia, there was no recovery from Pakistan with a few partnerships in the middle order only delaying the inevitable. Adam Zampa, who had largely struggled to strike in the previous matches, ripped apart the tail to take four wickets - the most in the match from the two sides providing him the much-needed confidence.
For an Australian side which has spent the large part of the last year recovering from the Newlands debacle, this series couldn't have come at a better time. It has further added to their confidence after the win in India and provided them the winning momentum ahead of the World Cup.
WHEN: March 29, 2019
WHERE: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
WHAT TO EXPECT: There will be assistance for spinners as the dry Dubai surface will drip and turn as the match goes on. Unlike Abu Dhabi, the sun will shine for the most part of the day.
Though Mohammad Hasnain has gotten everyone excited with his pace, his run in the series so far has added weight behind the notion that the 18-year-old needed some 50-over cricket under his belt before an ODI debut. He has shown promise by maintaining probing lengths, but the lack of experience has seen get wayward. Shan Masood, possibly the third opener in Pakistan's World Cup squad, has been disappointing for his failure to translate his List A form into ODI cricket.
Probable XI: Imam ul Haq, Shan Masood/Saad Ali, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shoaib Malik (c), Umar Akmal, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Hasnain/Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah
The dismantling of the Australian top-order earlier in the innings allowed the middle-order, which has largely remained unused this series, to get time at the crease. Knitting partnerships with Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell set up profound displays with the bat, showcasing the soundness of this batting unit. With the series now won, the tourists will be tempted to make a few amends there after benching Nathan Coulter-Nile in the previous match.
Probable XI: Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Peter Handsomb, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis/Ashton Turner, Alex Cary (wk), Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa
Did you know?
- Pakistan's defeat at Abu Dhabi was their seventh consecutive against Australia in the UAE. Overall, they have lost 11 matches out of the total of 17 matches against them here.
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