J, Cup Tri Series 2018 is underway in Zimbabwe with three teams, World No.1 Pakistan, Australia and Zimbabwe facing each other at least twice over a span of 10 days. Pakistan Cricket team recently topped the international t20 rankings while the other two teams have been on a downhill form. Even with the poor showing in the previous series, Australia outclassed the Green Team with a thrashing victory in their first outing when they chased the target with almost 9 overs remaining.
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Pakistan and Australia face each other again on 5th July in the 5th match of the Series. Both the teams have thrashed the host with huge victories. Pakistan and Australia are favorites to reach the final of the Tri-series. Their match on 5th would probably be a net practice for both the teams. Pakistan can try new combinations against the Australian side which might suit the conditions better.
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Pakistani side has been struggling to find a perfect opening pair since the last couple of series, but they have failed miserably to find a pair on which they can rely on. Mohammad Hafeez was chosen to pair up with Fakhar Zaman in this series, but he too failed to produce good results. Fakhar Zaman has been amongst runs but he really hasn’t played a longer inning for quite some time. Pakistan’s key player, especially in this format, has been Shoaib Malik since last two to three years. Sarfraz has promoted himself to number four position but has been unable to perform like he did against Scotland in the last series. Asif Ali seems to be in a good form recently. Pakistan has a strong bowling attack with a world-class fast bowling attack with bowlers like Muhammad Amir and Hasan Ali. Shadab Khan and Mohammad Hafeez can also be handy in the middle overs.
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The Australian batting lineup hasn’t been exposed that much. It has mostly been Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short with a little bit of Tim Head. Aaron Finch has been in terrific form with his last three inning’s score being 172, 68* and 84 respectively. He scored a record holding 172 runs with sixteen 4s and 10 sixes against Zimbabwe and scoring almost 76% of the total team score. With players like Maxwell and Stoinis in the middle order, Australia can feel secure about their batting lineup but we never know with team Pakistan.
In their first outing, Pakistan’s batting lineup struggled big time against the bouncers bowled by the Australian team especially by Billy Stanlake. He took 4 wickets for 8 runs in his 4 overs spell, making it his career-best performance. Andrew Tye also has been great in both games, taking 3 against Pakistan and 3 against Zimbabwe, making himself the top Wicket taker of this tournament. Ashton Agar is a great spin bowling option in the middle overs but against Pakistan, he is not that effective as Team Green is known for their ability to play spin well.
While on one hand, Pakistan team plays the spin so well, on the other hand, they struggle big time against the bouncing balls. And Australian team has just targeted their weakness and got great results out of it, so Pakistan cricket team needs to improve their offense against the short balls and bouncers.
Pakistan Cricket team has played the Kangaroos 14 times, Pakistan has defeated team Aussies Seven times, while Aussies have defeated Pakistani team in six bouts with one being a tie. Both teams rely on young blood.