Australia vs Pakistan – 3rd T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Australia vs Pakistan taking place? Friday, November 8th (08:30 UK time)

Where is Australia vs Pakistan taking place? Optus Stadium, Perth

What is the expected weather for Australia vs Pakistan? 33c with sunshine forecast all day

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!

LAST MEETING
Australia beat Pakistan by 7 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia went 1-0 up in the three-match T20 series against Pakistan ahead of this final game in Perth as they restricted the tourists to just 150/6 and then proceeded to comfortably knock the runs off with seven wickets intact and 1.3 overs remaining.
  • While it has been David Warner stealing the headlines of late with some sensational batting, it was his partner in crime Steve Smith that was the star man on Tuesday in the victory as he hit a sublime unbeaten 80 from 51 balls to guide them to victory
  • The batting was impressive once again but it was the bowlers who continue to trouble the tourists and make it impossible for them to score at a quick enough rate to be competitive, though they may consider bringing Billy Stanlake back in for this final T20 for Kane Richardson.

PAKISTAN

  • Pakistan slipped to defeat in the second T20 international as they once again could only score at a modest strike rate of 7.5 and their total of 150/6 was not enough as their struggles with the bat continue.
  • Babar Azam (50 from 38) and Iftikhar Ahmed (62* from 34) both hit superb fifties but none of their other batsmen were able to score quicker than a run per ball, and Fakhar Zaman especially is coming under pressure to perform after a fifth consecutive single-digit score.
  • It would be no surprise to see Imam-ul-Haq come into the team for this match at the expense of the struggling Fakhar while talented young fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain may be thrown in unless they are reluctant to serve him up against this in-form Australian batting line-up.

THE PREDICTION

Australia lead the series 1-0 coming into this final match but that scoreline does not reflect their dominance in the two games including the washout in Sydney. Pakistan have not been good enough with bat or ball, and nowhere near enough of their players are in anything close to their best form. Australia are flying with their batsmen in supreme form and their bowlers have a clear edge over the majority of the Pakistani batsmen as they are enjoying the conditions on home turf. Their dominance will likely continue in Perth where conditions will suit them even more so and they can wrap up a comfortable series win.

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