Charge down the wicket with T20I cricket tips for the second encounter between on-fire Australia and wobbling world No.1 Pakistan.
19:10 (AEDT), Tue 5th Nov @ Manuka Oval, Canberra
History: Played 21: Pakistan 12 V Australia 7 (1 Tie, 1 No Result)
Last meeting: October 28, 2018: Pakistan d Australia by 33 runs at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (last completed)
Final Thoughts: Australia and Pakistan square off in the second of three Twenty20 Internationals after a Game 1 washout in Sydney.
The match was initially shortened to 15 over, with Pakistan reaching an underwhelming 5/107. Babar Azam’s 59* off 38 was a highlight, however, while Kane Richardson took 2/16 off three overs. Australia, with Aaron Finch on 37* off 16, motored to 41 without loss after 3.1 overs when the fixture was called off.
No.1-ranked Pakistan had a less-than-ideal build-up for this series, swept 3-0 at home by Sri Lanka last month. Pakistan’s best score in the three matches was 147.
Conversely, Australia came in with a head of steam thanks to three convincing victories over Sri Lanka in the previous week.
The home side won by 134 runs, 9 wickets and 7 wickets. David Warner won three straight man-of-the-match awards with scores of 100*, 60* and 57*.
Pakistan came into this series on a five-match T20I winning streak against Australia. They scored a convincing 3-0 cleansweep in the UAE after batting first in each game.
The nations have only played one completed T20I on Australian soil, with the hosts winning by two runs at the MCG in 2010.
Australia head into Game 2 as red-hot $1.24 favourites. Babar Azam is always a sound option to top-score for his side. The Pakistan captain boasts 11 half-centuries in 34 T20I appearances, Meanwhile, counterpart Finch – who made 64, 0 and 37 in the Sri Lanka series – proved on Sunday that Warner is not the only Aussie in good touch.