The third and final ODI between Pakistan and Australia will be held on 12th October at Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi. The game will not hold much of a value with respect to the series as the series is already won by Australia by clinching two back to back victories against Pakistan. But this ODI will be important for Pakistan as they would definitely try to capture a win and gain some confidence under their belt.
For the past two ODIs, Pakistan’s batting especially the middle order batsmen did not click well. The opening pair in the likes of Ahmed Shehzad and Sarfraz Ahmed did put up a century partnership in the second ODI after failing to perform in the first ODI. They are expected to give Pakistan a firm start in the next ODI too. And this opening pair is quite good for Pakistan’s perspective. The middle order of Pakistan has been a cause of worry for quite sometime now. None of the middle order batsmen did manage to put up a brilliant show. Their captain, Misbah Ul Haq’s lack of form is surely hurting them. He needs to be back in form and that too in quick time. Other batsmen in the likes of Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal and Fawad Alam did not manage to impress. And surely the third ODI will be a platform for these batsmen to regain their confidence. Shahid Afridi’s lean patch with the bat is getting prolonged. He has failed to make a two-digit score in the series so far and that is a definite cause of worry. Pakistan bowlers in the likes of Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, and Raza Hasan did not manage to impress with their performances. But they managed to put up the fight to some extent but no support has been shown from the batting line up. Also, they have felt the absence of Saeed Ajmal in the series very badly.
The Australian line up has gained plenty of confidence from the series. Steve Smith had been phenomenal in the first ODI where he scored a blistering century. But their opening pair in the likes of David Warner and Aaron Finch did not click considerably in the series so far. Surely they will try to put on a good opening partnership in the next ODI. In the middle order, Glenn Maxwell played a fantastic inning in the second ODI which led the Aussies to victory. Also, other batsmen in the likes of Captain Bailey and Brad Haddin did play some cameo innings which turned out to be fruitful for the team. Overall, their bowling line up seems to be pretty much perfect and this bowling line up seems to be ready for the World Cup to be held next year. Mitchell Johnson has been outstanding with his pace, line and length. He might be rested in the next ODI in order to be assured of the fact that he stays fit. Also, Kane Richardson and Nathan Lyon have bowled well in the series. Bailey managed his troops incredibly well in the series. We can definitely hope for some fight from the Pakistani side in the next ODI. No signs of any fight were shown by them in the first two ODIs and Australia did win them easily.