Spirits must be sky high in Pakistan camp, thanks to their recent ODI series win in which they were super impressive in the final two games – both of which they won to clinch it 2-1.
This game can’t exactly be called a revenge match because the one Pakistan lost to Australia in the same format last year was a World Cup semi-final. This is not even a series. Nonetheless, the home side would want to win it – if for nothing else than to soothe those old gashes a bit.
One major good news for Pakistan is that their star allrounder Shadab Khan is fit and available for selection. One of Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir could also be picked.
Pakistan are ranked number three in ICC’s Men’s T20I Team Rankings, while Australia are in sixth place.
Australia started the ODI series well but then tailed off a bit. Their bowling, especially, has been a bit ordinary of late. Star spinner Adam Zampa, whose four-for was crucial in the ODI series’ game 1, has now been completely understood by Pakistan batters.
Zampa is one of just three Australian players who featured in the aforesaid World Cup semi last year. Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis are the other two. It shows how changes this Aussie line-up is to what it can be at full strength.
Australia, like Pakistan, have been in superb form in T20I format of late, winning 10 of their last 12. Pakistan, on the other hand, have won 11 of their last 12.
It makes this an exciting clash between two superb T20 units.