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Australia’s battle against Pakistan moves to the shorter format after defeated 1-0 in the Tests. The Australians, led by Tim Paine, showed a great level of patience in the first Test but couldn’t see his side progressing in the second, eventually losing it on the fourth day.

In the battle of the biscuit trophy, who will come out on top?

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Pakistan have lost just four T20Is out of 27 since the World T20 in 2016, and sit pretty at the top of the rankings. They meet the side whom they beat in the Zimbabwe Tri-Series Final earlier this year, and possess a number of T20-hardened players that makes this series an enticing one. Since the World T20 in 2016, Pakistan have not lost a T20I match in the UAE – can they continue this record against an exciting Australia team?

Australia, much to the relief of fans, are looking at possible changes to the Test batting line up for the India series. In the immediate term, they are more focused on the shorter format and continue to include some of the big names from Big Bash League, which has been central to their good T20I form in 2018. They are empowered by the presence of Aaron Finch who is on top of his game in T20s, as well as Glenn Maxwell, who will be keen to prove his worth after being left out of the Test squad.

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Key to a Pakistan win

In their last T20 clash, A Fakhar-dependent Pakistan team defeated Australia in the Tri-Series Final.

For Pakistan to win here, Fakhar has to continue his good run in T20 format along with the Pakistan top order to enable hard-hitting right throughout the innings. Enabling captain Sarfraz to play long to stabilise the middle order, with Asif Ali strong in the death overs will be the order of the day for Pakistan. With T20I matches at Abu Dhabi typically low-scoring, whether Pakistan’s batting can fire could be central to the result.

On the bowling front, Pakistan has always been on winning ways with a healthy contribution from the bowlers. The young sensation, Shaheen Shah Afridi, is one to look out for and Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim will be looking to cause Australia issues with spin.

Key to an Australia win

Cometh the hour, cometh Aaron Finch. With the Australian T20I skipper in excellent form, he is vital at the top in giving Pakistan a scare. D’Arcy Short also played well in their last encounter with Pakistan, as well as UAE on Monday, and is coming off a double century in the recently concluded JLT Cup Domestic One Day Tournament in Australia. Of course, the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott (if picked) and Chris Lynn represent a dangerous middle order – the key for Australia is forcing Pakistan to realise that they need to score big runs to win this series.

Also, big Billy Stanlake is the key for Australia to put pressure on Pakistan by picking a scalp or two, along with the impressive Nathan Coulter-Nile. Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar have to step up and latter has to redeem the figures he achieved in Tri-Series Final. With spin to play a key role in these conditions, a cohesive bowling effort is vital for Australia

Possible XIs

Pakistan have named their team in the lead up to this clash.
Pakistan XI: 1. Mohammad Hafeez, 2. Fakhar Zaman, 3. Babar Azam, 4. Hussain Talat, 5. Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), 6. Asif Ali, 7. Faheem Ashraf, 8. Shadab Khan, 9. Imad Wasim, 10. Hasan Ali, 11. Shaheen Afridi
If Mitchell Marsh gets in over the very talented Ben McDermott, heads should roll. The fact that Mitchell Marsh is Vice Captain of the T20I side is case for head rolling.
Australia possible XI: 1. Aaron Finch (c), 2. D’Arcy Short, 3. Chris Lynn, 4. Ben McDermott/Mitchell Marsh, 5. Glenn Maxwell, 6. Alex Carey (wk), 7. Ashton Agar, 8. Adam Zampa, 9. AJ Tye, 10. Nathan Coulter-Nile, 11. Billy Stanlake

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Plenty of quality T20 batsmen to choose from in this match. Below is my Dream11 team, with a few pointers.
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  • Sarfraz Ahmed gets in over Alex Carey, with his experience and quality in this format a key selection.
  • Going with five batsmen is a good move, even in slowish conditions. Bowlers will have to work hard for wickets.
  • Two wristspinners make my side, and so too Andrew Tye and the very promising Shaheen Afridi.

Stats and Facts

  • Out of 17 T20s played between these two sides, Pakistan has a lead with 9-7.

  • One match was tied, courtesy a long ball from Pat Cummins, but Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq won it for Pakistan in super over. 
  • Pakistan have lost just four of 27 T20Is since World T20 2016.

Prediction

The difficulty in choosing a winner is what makes this series a very exciting one.

I have a feeling Australia will do well in this one, and will win the game off the back of their no fear attitude. Australia to take a 1-0 lead!

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Charbel Coorey
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Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. He is also a keen fantasy sports player. Charbel has also had the privilege of interviewing cricketers on the CricBlog TV YouTube channel, including James Neesham, Rassie van der Dussen, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat and Saurabh Netravalkar: https://www.youtube.com/@cricblogtv For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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