Pakistan vs Australia, 1st ODI
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Date: March 22
Match Time: 4pm
Pakistan are taking up Australia at Sharjah within the first sport of their five-match ODI sequence in UAE on Sunday.
Pakistan are heading into the five-match ODI sequence on the again of the recently-concluded Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL). Pakistan have introduced a a lot modified facet for the sequence, with Shoaib Malik main a staff that may function a number of new faces.
Center-order batsman Umar Akmal makes his return into the squad after impressing within the PSL for the Quetta Gladiators. His teammates Saad Ali and Mohammad Hasnain are additionally making their means into the squad.
Three gamers extra used to donning the whites are Yasir Shah, Muhammad Abbas and Shan Masood. They are going to function within the squad and goal to make their means into the administration’s reckoning forward of the World Cup.
Pakistan’s stand-in skipper Malik is assured the circumstances within the UAE — the place Pakistan have been taking part in their dwelling matches for the reason that 2009 assaults on the Sri Lankan staff bus in Lahore — will favour his staff.
“Each sequence is hard however it’s a great alternative for younger gamers. Australia can be excessive on morale however we should always have a bonus of the circumstances” stated Malik.
Australian skipper Aaron Finch hopes his staff carry the momentum of a sequence win in India to their five-match sequence towards Pakistan beginning in Sharjah from Friday.
Finch hopes his staff retains enhancing. “It’s about attempting to keep up our momentum that we bought in India,” he stated of the 3-2 come from behind win earlier this month — Australia’s first sequence win in India since 2009.
The win in India — after six consecutive one-day sequence defeats — was a lift for the staff who misplaced two key gamers — skipper Steven Smith and opener David Warner — to bans for ball tampering final yr.
“I feel since we performed South Africa in Australia we have now bought higher and higher,” stated Finch of the 2-1 sequence defeat in November final yr. “I feel we’re beginning to get an actual clear technique in an actual sport plan and the way we need to play one-day cricket and it’s nearly ensuring that we proceed in that means.”
Smith and Warner have been obtainable for the final two one-day matches of this sequence after their one-year bans expire on March 29 however they have been reintegrated with the staff within the UAE earlier than leaving to play within the Indian Premier League.
Finch shouldn’t be able to take a new-look Pakistan frivolously.
“I feel Pakistan has clearly performed in these circumstances for a very long time. We can not take them frivolously in any type of the sport at any time. They’re a extremely expert and proficient staff and so we’re positively giving them as a lot respect as what we gave India,” stated the Australian captain.
The remaining matches can be performed in Sharjah (March 24), Abu Dhabi (March 27) and Dubai (March 29 and 31).