Pakistan eye whitewash, Australia to play for pride

Pakistan eye whitewash, Australia to play for pride

Sarfraz Ahmed and his men will be looking to maintain their dominance against Australia in the third T20I of the series as well, which is to be played in Dubai on Sunday.

If Pakistan manage to win the final T20I of the series, it will be another feather in the skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed’s cap as the Men in Green have never whitewashed the mighty Aussies in a limited-over series consisting more than two games.

Moreover, Pakistan would want to win the last T20I against Australia so that they can carry the winning momentum in the series against New Zealand, who are unarguably the better side than the visiting Kangaroos at the moment.

The clean sweep seems to be on the cards as the Aaron Finch & Co. have not shown much of a resilience against a well-equipped Pakistan team during T20I or even in the Test series.

Though the home side have not been at the top of their game in the twenty-over series as they failed to put any big score on the scoreboard while batting first in both the games, but Pakistan’s bowling has given nothing away to Australian batting line.

The visitors were bundled up for 89 runs in the first T20I chasing merely 156 runs, while they put up a fight in the second 20-over game courtesy of Glenn Maxwell’s power hitting and Pakistan’s two dropped catches of him, but they still fell 11 runs short.

Imad Wasim, who has made his comeback in the national side after almost a year, has been the biggest challenge for Australian batting line. He has won two man-of-the-match awards consecutively and the visitors seem to have no answer to his accurate line and length bowling.

However, batting has been a concern for Pakistan. None other than Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez have been among runs. In fact, the highest score by a Pakistani batsman other than the duo has been just 17 runs.

Pakistan will be hoping Fakhar Zaman and Asif Ali to fire in the final contest of the series so that they get some confidence ahead of their series against New Zealand, which will start just after the conclusion of the ongoing series.

The home side can also have some changes in the dead rubber contest, giving Waqas Maqsood his maiden T20I cap in place of either Hasan Ali or Shaheen Shah Afridi and trying Sahibzada Farhan as an opener.