|Pakistan v Australia 2014|
ScheduleFriday, 10 October 2014 at 11:00 GMT / 12:00 UK / 16:30 IST
VenueDubai International Cricket Stadium
The unpredictable batting line up of Pakistan let them down in the second consecutive match against Australia by their poor performance. The hosts were beaten all ends up in the only T20 by six wickets on October 5, 2014, in Dubai followed by another victory in the first ODI by a hefty margin of 93 runs. The Green Shirts are capable of coming back in the three One Day International series by grasping the second encounter but the Kangaroos looks like being unstoppable.
Misbah-ul-Haq is off colour since long now and Pakistani batting has scored heavily when he contributed with the willow. Umar Akmal and Sarfraz Ahmed were the only batsmen who contributed a few runs in the previous game while Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq and Fawad Alam should concentrate in the coming matches. Sohaib Maqsood can get back his place to enforce the weak link of batting whereas Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan and Zulfiqar Babar are doing fine with the ball but they are definitely missing their star off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal.
Steven Smith exhibited a match winning innings of 101 for the Aussies in the first ODI and their entire batting revolved around him. David Warner batted sensibly whereas Aaron Finch, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner should look for big scores. Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Lyon rocked the top and middle order batting of the rival team, Maxwell, Kane Richardson and Sean Abbott were also up to the mark.
Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 11:00 GMT, 15:00 local at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The weather is still very hot, the wet shirts of the players can be witnessed during the match and the temperatures will be around 30-37ᵒC.
The winner will prefer to bat first under the favourable conditions.
Dubai International Stadium came into existence in 2009 with a seating capacity of 25,000 which can accommodate 30,000 spectators. The venue hosted its first One Day International on April 22, 2009, between Australia and Pakistan that was clinched by the Men in Green. The wicket is full of runs that has assisted the spinners most of the times and quite a few close games were witnessed there. Australia and Pakistan has played two ODIs in Dubai and took away one of them accordingly.
Pakistan – Misbah-ul-Haq (C), Ahmed Shehzad, Sarfraz Ahmed, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Wahab Riaz, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Irfan.
Australia – George Bailey (C), Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell. James Faulkner, Brad Haddin, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Johnson, Kane Richardson, Nathan Lyon.
The determined Australian side can win the game and the series.