2014 World T20: Pakistan take on Australia today
DHAKA: Pakistan will square off against Australia in their Super 10 match of the 2014 World T20 at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium at Mirpur on Sunday (today), ARY News reports.
Pakistan started their 2014 World T20 campaign with a seven wicket loss over India due to a poor showing in the batting and fielding department.
The two sides will be playing a Twenty20 game for the first time since their World T20 2010 encounter in which the Pakistani spinners brought the team home and the Green Shirts' spinners will be posing a threat to the Australian batsmen.
David Warner will be the danger man for the Kangaroos as he played brilliantly for his team in the series against South Africa. He scored 40 runs from 16 balls in the T20 in Durban and also made 65 runs from 26 deliveries against New Zealand in the warm up game.
Whereas for the Pakistani side, Saeed Ajmal will be the main bowler for the team has he has already taken 18 wickets with an average of 13.22 and given away five runs or less whenever the two teams have played each other. The Australians find the off spinner difficult to play in spin-friendly conditions and lose their wickets after being pressurized.
The pitch is expected to remain slow throughout the match. The slow bowlers will have an advantage due to the conditions in the afternoon. However, showers and dark skies can be a concern for the players in the encounter.
Australia XI (likely): Aaron Finch, David Warner, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey (capt), Brad Hodge, Brad Haddin, Daniel Christian, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Brad Hogg.
Pakistan XI (likely): Kamran Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Bilawal Bhatti/Zulfiqar Babar, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan.