In what was a nerve-racking game for an Australian fan on Saturday, South Africa’s victory over England wasn’t enough to keep them in the competition, largely owing to the comprehensive margin of victory for the Baggy Greens over Bangladesh in their penultimate match.
Pakistan have been a revelation in Group B, going unbeaten from their four outings and looking extremely ominous for the knockout stages. They certainly have an advantage with this being played in Dubai, which is largely considered Pakistan’s second home when it comes to this sport, and recent history here suggests just that.
The Men in Green are on a phenomenal run of 16 consecutive T20 International victories in the UAE, with the majority of those matches coming against top nations New Zealand (four), Sri Lanka (two), India (one) and Australia themselves (three), a run stretching back to 2016.
Pre Coin Toss Pakistan To Win
The Aussies have been impressive so far in the group, though have only won when batting second, and that looks to be the way this one will go too with whoever winning the toss taking a serious advantage into the match.
Indeed, of the 11 matches played at the Dubai International stadium, 10 have been won by the side fielding first, with the only exception coming in the mismatch of New Zealand v Scotland, and even that was a measly 16 run victory for the Kiwis.
In that regard, there’s little reason on placing a bet on the result until after the coin toss, though on balance Pakistan are certainly the side more capable of batting first and putting on a stellar total, as they’re far more accustomed to these conditions.
They have three of the four best batsmen in the competition so far with regard to batting average and look like they’ll take some serious beating.
The key for Australia is how much of a foundation can Aaron Finch and David Warner lay down for the rest of the order, while Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood will be absolutely crucial in their battle with Baba Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.
PRE COIN TOSS PAKISTAN TO WIN