January 15, 2017
Commence time 1420 area (0320 GMT)
Barely an hour into the to start with ODI at the Gabba on Friday, Pakistan looked properly put to secure their to start with acquire around Australia in Australia in any structure given that 2005. In the seventeenth around, the hosts had stumbled to five for seventy eight – David Warner and Steven Smith had long gone in the fifth around of the sport. But Australia’s batting order is about as long as Billy Stanlake, and a impressive rebuild was led by Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell. Australia’s nine for 268 proved not only competitive but more than enough to established up a 92-operate victory.
It was an opportunity skipped for Pakistan, who now head to the MCG on Sunday down -one in the 5-ODI sequence. Including to their woes, they will be without the need of their captain Azhar Ali, who has been ruled out* immediately after sustaining a hamstring damage through the Brisbane sport. With no Azhar and vice-captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who flew property for own reasons ahead of the to start with match, Pakistan have announced Mohammad Hafeez will choose around as their stand-in captain.
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In the highlight
At the Gabba on Friday, Travis Head sent down 10 overs of his offspin for a miserly 28 operates – never ever prior to in his one particular-day occupation had he shipped his total allocation. In actuality, Head has been these kinds of a part-timer at the degree below that in 16 ODIs he has bowled much a lot more overs than in the remainder of his 33 Listing A online games mixed. If Australia can continue to get value from Head with the ball, it will make him an specifically eye-catching prospect across formats. At the Gabba he also moved up to open the batting for the to start with time in ODIs, and made a operate-a-ball 39.
Imad Wasim impressed at the Gabba, the place his still left-arm spin troubled Australia’s batsmen and he picked up 2 for 35 from his 10 overs. A important reduce-order batsman with a to start with-class double-century to his title, he also chipped in with 29 in Pakistan’s ultimately unsuccessful chase, earning him the next prime scorer behind Babar Azam.
Josh Hazlewood was rested for the to start with ODI but is very likely to appear in for the next sport, quite possibly for Billy Stanlake, who appeared physically troubled at instances through his debut in Brisbane. Adam Zampa may possibly also appear into thing to consider, even though with Travis Head getting bowled 10 limited overs of spin at the Gabba and Glenn Maxwell also in the XI, the legspinner could be surplus to specifications.
Australia (possible) one David Warner, 2 Travis Head, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Chris Lynn, five Mitchell Marsh, six Glenn Maxwell, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), eight James Faulkner, nine Pat Cummins, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 Josh Hazlewood.
Azhar Ali’s hamstring damage has ruled him out of competition. With Shoaib Malik also ruled out, getting failed to recover from the throat infection that retained him out in Brisbane, Asad Shafiq must choose Azhar’s spot, even though Hafeez will most very likely open in his stead.
Pakistan (possible) one Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 2 Sharjeel Khan, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Asad Shafiq, five Umar Akmal, six Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 7 Imad Wasim, eight Mohammad Nawaz nine Mohammad Amir, 10 Wahab Riaz, 11 Hasan Ali.
Pitch and conditions
The drop-in pitches at the MCG can be a tiny two-paced, but big operates can nevertheless be on present. In very last month’s Chappell-Hadlee ODI at the location, David Warner smashed 156, even though no other batsman in the sport passed forty. The forecast for Sunday is for a partly cloudy day and a prime of 23C.
Stats and trivia
- Australia have won their earlier nine ODIs at the MCG, very last losing there to Sri Lanka in March 2012
- At no floor has Mitchell Starc taken a lot more ODI wickets than the MCG, the place he has picked up seventeen at 14.23
- In the to start with sport at the Gabba, Matthew Wade became just the next Australian (James Faulkner was the other) to score an ODI hundred from exterior the prime 6. The feat has been achieved only 14 instances throughout the world
*1045 GMT The preview was amended to reflect the information that Azhar Ali and Shoaib Malik had been ruled out
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