Abu Dhabi: Pakistan and Australia will face each other in the decisive third One Day International (ODI) of three match series in United Arab Emirates (UAE). The series has been leveled 1-1 and the winning team would seal the trophy.
Pakistani team would enter the stadium in the third match with high morale as they convincingly defeated the kangaroos in the second ODI by seven wickets.
Pakistani captain Misbah ul Haq expressed hope that the country would win the series against Australia, a win that would help Pakistan to seal the trophy against Australia after 2002.
Australian captain Michael Clarke, whose team is facing difficulties to cope up with the strong Pakistan spin attack and hot weather, said that they had carved out an strategy against the spin attack that would help Australia to once again defeat Pakistan in a series.
While Australia are not passing through their good time as they slid to fourth position in ICC ranking from number one for the first time in three years after losing 4-0 to England last month.
Comparatively Australia have edge over Pakistan as both the team played 86 games since 1975 and the Aussies won 52 while the green shirts secured victory in 30. In last 25 matches between the both teams, Australia has won 20 matches out of Pakistan’s five wins.
Players to watch:
Pakistan: In the bowling department, it would be delightful to watch Pakistani spinners Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, likely to play after recovering from injury, and Mohammad Hafeez in the match as they gave tough time to Aussies in the two matches.
Pakistan’s shaky batting line is full of confident after defeating Australia by seven wickets, chasing a target of 249 runs. Nasir Jamshed, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq and Kamran Akmal would play vital role in building the Pakistan’s inning.
Australia: Australian pace attack including Mitchell Starc, Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson would be the three strike bowlers for the kangaroos.
Although Australia has a strong batting line but the way Pakistan spinning attack ruined their batting in both ODI’s it will be interesting to see that how they tackle the spin attack.
Michael Clarke, George Bailey and Michael Hussey would be the backbone of the Australian batting line against the Pak spin attack.
Importance of Toss:
Toss would play an important role in the match as it was earlier analysed that the team batting second has won the match.
Due factor will play an important role in the late night as it would be difficult for bowlers to grab the bowl, thus making the stroke play easy for the batsmen.
The hot weather will also affect the teams as the kangaroos will be affected the most as they are not prepared to play in such hot conditions with almost 42 C in the night.
Time of match:
The match will start at 6:00pm Pakistan (GMT-5)