Pakistan cricket team has failed to put up a fight against Australia in the ongoing ODI series. However, today’s game is significant for Pakistan. A loss for Pakistan would end the chances of keeping the series alive whereas Australia are firm favorites to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in series.
With the series on the line, Shoaib Malik would want his side to give their best and avoid losing three matches in a row. Pakistan’s ODI record against Australia is extremely poor especially since the start of 2001.
Here are today’s match details:
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Time: The match will start at 4:00 pm PST.
Pakistan has already announced the playing XI for the 3rd ODI. Here’s Pakistan XI:
1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Shan Masood, 3 Umar Akmal, 4 Haris Sohail, 5 Shoaib Malik (C), 6 Mohammad Rizwan (WK), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Junaid Khan 9 Yasir Shah, 10 Usman Shinwari, 11 Mohammad Hasnain
1 Usman Khawaja, 2 Aaron Finch (C), 3 Peter Handscomb, 4 Shaun Marsh, 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Alex Carey (WK), 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Kane Richardson, 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Adam Zampa
Usman Khawaja is 2 runs away from becoming the leading run-scorer in ODIs this year. He will overtake none other than Virat Kohli.
Aaron Finch has amassed a massive 269 runs in 2 matches which includes two centuries with a best of 153*. The next best is Haris Sohail with almost half as many runs. He has 135 from 2 innings.
Only three bowlers from Pakistan including Yasir Shah, Faheem Ashraf, and Mohammad Abbas have taken a wicket this series. Australia’s Nathan Coulter-Nile has more wickets than all Pakistani bowlers combined with 4 wickets.