The Australian cricket team is finally on the right track after a horrible past year or so, while Pakistan has gone off the rails just before the World Cup 2019. The Aussies would be looking to end Pak vs Aus series with a whitewash as Pakistan would be desperate to prevent a 5-0 drubbing after losing 4 consecutive ODIs against Kangaroos. Pakistan vs Australia 5th ODI provides another opportunity for newcomers like Saad Ali and Abid Ali to make their case strong for world cup selection.
The numbers are projecting Australia as firm favorites to win the last match of the series too especially with in-form batsmen including Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch, and Glenn Maxwell. Not just the batting, the bowling, and fielding have clicked at right times to hand Australia a 4-0 lead in the 5-match series.
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Australia might look to field in the all-rounder Ashton Turner in place of Marcus Stoinis while Pakistan will have to look at the fitness of Imam-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik. Abid Ali became an instant star with a debut on hundred, however, Pakistan made a mess of the chase despite two centuries in the top order.
These are the possible playing XIs for the two teams.
- Shan Masood
- Abid Ali
- Haris Sohail
- Saad Ali
- Umar Akmal
- Imad Wasim (c)
- Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
- Yasir Shah
- Usman Shinwari
- Junaid Khan
- Mohammad Abbas
- Aaron Finch (c)
- Usman Khawaja
- Shaun Marsh
- Peter Handscomb
- Glenn Maxwell
- Marcus Stoinis
- Alex Carey (wk)
- Nathan Lyon
- Adam Zampa
- Kane Richardson
- Jason Behrendorff
Match Time, Venue, Weather Conditions and Toss
Match Time: The match will begin at 4:00 PM (Pakistan), 3:00 PM (Dubai) and 4:30 PM (India).
Venue: Dubai International Stadium
Weather Conditions: There are no chances for rain in Dubai today.
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and opted to field first.
What’s on Twitter?
Right on track. Can Pakistan stop Australia?
Australia remain on track for a whitewash over Pakistan after Glenn Maxwell's 98 led the tourists to a tense win in Dubai, writes @LouisDBCameron: https://t.co/Oa2K5jdkyp #PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/SCUC50ZfGK
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 29, 2019
A hundred in a successful chase would have been icing on the cake.
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) March 30, 2019
Can Maxwell reach anywhere near Virat Kohli? His recent form suggests so.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 30, 2019
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