Australia vs Pakistan – 2nd T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Australia vs Pakistan taking place? Tuesday, November 5th (08:10 UK time)

Where is Australia vs Pakistan taking place? Manuka Oval, Canberra

What is the expected weather for Australia vs Pakistan? 19c with cloud but no rain forecast

What channel is Australia vs Pakistan on? This match will be shown live on BT Sport 2

Where can I stream Australia vs Pakistan? This match can be streamed live via BT Sport

Where can I get tickets for Australia vs Pakistan? Tickets for this match can still be purchased!

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THE TEAM NEWS

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia were thwarted by the weather in the opening T20 match in this season as they were comfortably chasing down Pakistan’s total of 107/5 from a rain-adjusted 15 overs but the Sydney rain halted proceedings after just 3.1 overs of their innings, despite being 41/0.
  • The bowling unit were particularly impressive in that game as they never allowed Pakistan to really kick on and they took wickets at key times, so they will look for a similar performance here, while the batting looks as ferocious as it did in the recent Sri Lanka series but Finch clicked into gear this time.
  • There could well be a change in the bowling attack if they decide to make one or two rotations as they have Billy Stanlake waiting in the wings to come into the side, though the batting is likely to remain unchanged as despite D’Arcy Short being in the squad, they are unlikely to break the partnership of Finch and Warner.

PAKISTAN

  • Pakistan were saved in the opening T20 match by the weather as they were set to suffer a heavy defeat before the weather intervened and there is plenty of room for improvement as they come into this second match in Canberra.
  • They will be very aware from that opening game that they have to score much quicker than 7.13 per over against this Australian team and that will need more batsmen stepping up to support Babar Azam who was the only batsman to make a significant contribution at a competitive strike rate.
  • Despite only 3.1 overs being bowled, the fact that Aaron Finch smashed 37 from just 16 balls and Mohammad Irfan conceding 31 from his two overs could put the tall pace bowler under threat for the drop here with talented youngster Mohammad Hasnain potentially coming in for him.

THE PREDICTION

The weather rescued Pakistan in the first match but it is not forecast to be a factor in this match in Canberra. Australia are absolutely flying right now in all areas of the game and with Pakistan in a degree of disarray, it seems highly unlikely the tourists can really trouble them. Finch and Warner are in sensational form and they will get the hosts off to a flying start that will be key to victory.

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