Australia and Pakistan lock horns in match 18 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 on Friday, 20th October at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru and the scheduled start time is 2:00 pm IST. Get ready for Australia vs Pakistan with pitch report, playing lineups, and fantasy picks.
Australia vs Pakistan Match Preview
The five time world champions, Australia are back to winning ways in ODI World Cups putting an end to their four match losing streak in the tournament. They lost their first match of the tournament to India and were dominated by South Africa in the second match at Lucknow. The Aussies were struggling against Sri Lanka for the first half of Sri Lanka’s innings before rain gods arrived and turned the tide in their favour. The Aussies were unstoppable from there on and sealed a comprehensive victory over the Lankans by five wickets.
Match Winning performances from Adam Zampa and Mitchell Marsh boosts the confidence of the Aussies as both players can have a huge impact on the game. It is going to be a tough challenge for the Australian batsman against a fiery pace attack but the outcome of the match will depend on the performance of their bowlers.
On the flip side, After a dominant start to the tournament with back to back wins against Netherlands and Sri Lanka. Pakistan were on song before they clashed off against dominant Indian team at Ahmedabad. Their batsman and bowlers were put to test and were completely dominated by the Indian batsman and bowlers. Their middle order was exposed and the ineffectiveness of their spinners in the middle overs is an area of concern. The only positive in the match against India was Babar Azam’s return to form.
Pakistan vs Australia Pitch Report
The surface at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru is going to be a flat track with some grass left on the pitch as the stadium is set to host the first match of the tournament. The short square boundaries is an added advantage to the batsman. Wrist spinners can be effective at this venue and the conditions get better to bat on as the game progresses. The team winning the toss might opt to bowl first.
Australia vs Pakistan Playing XI
Australia Playing XI: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa.
Pakistan Playing XI: Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf.
Australia vs Pakistan Head to Head Record
Australia and Pakistan clashed off in 10 matches in ICC Cricket World Cups, Australia won six matches and Pakistan won four matches.
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Australia vs Pakistan Top Fantasy Picks
|David Warner (65 runs)
|Babar Azam (65 runs)
|Mitchell Marsh (59 runs)
|Mohammad Rizwan (248 runs)
|Marnus Labuschagne (113 runs)
|Abdullah Shafique (133 runs)
|Adam Zampa (5 wickets)
|Mohammad Nawaz (43 runs & 2 wickets)
|Mitchell Starc (5 wickets)
|Hasan Ali (7 wickets)
Australia vs Pakistan Match Prediction
It is going to be an even contest and it is tough to predict the outcome of the match. Our final prediction is Australia to win the match by a close a margin.
Australia’s chance of winning: 69%
Pakistan’s chance of winning: 31%