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ICC World Cup 2015: Rejuvenated Pakistan face the Hosts for Semis spot 

Australia take on Pakistan in the third Quarter-Finals of the World Cup at the Adelaide Oval and the winner will go on to book a semi-final date against India on March 26. Here is the preview of the match

Pitch and Weather

So far on evidence of cricket played this season it seems this year’s Adelaide pitch being quicker than usual, and as per Aussie media teams can expect tinge of grass on the surface on Friday, it is all set to become more seamer-friendly. The pitch was covered on the eve of the match, in an attempt to retain moisture, and the surrounding pitches were also sprinkled in order to counter Pakistan’s only strength – reverse-swing. The weather, on the other hand, is expected to remain fine through the day, touching a high of 28 degrees.

Road to Quarter Finals

Australia (Pool A)

Matches

Pakistan (Pool B)

Beat England by 111 runs

1st Match

Lost to India by 76 runs

Match Abandoned

2nd Match

Lost to West Indies by 150 runs

Lost to New Zealand by 1 wicket

3rd Match

Beat Zimbabwe by 20 runs

Beat Afghanistan by 275 runs

4th Match

Beat UAE by 129 runs

Beat Sri Lanka by 64 runs.

5th Match

Beat South Africa by 29 runs

Beat Scotland by 7 wickets

6th Match

Beat Ireland by 7 wickets

 

Will Shahid Afridi fire tomorrow?

Head to Head:

Australia have come out victorious 57 matches while the men in Green 31 matches in a total of 92 matches played between them so far. They also played out a tie and three matches was washed out,

Previous World Cup Encounters:

1975 World Cup, Leeds: Australia won by 73 runs.

1979 World Cup, Leeds: Pakistan won by 89 runs.

1987 World Cup, Lahore: Australia won by 18 runs.

1992 World Cup, Perth: Pakistan won by 48 runs.

1999 World Cup, Leeds: Pakistan won by 10 wickets.

1999 World Cup, Lords: Australia won by 8 wickets.

2003 World Cup, Johannesburg: Australia won by 82 runs.

2011 World Cup, Colombo: Pakistan won by 4 wickets.

Form Guide

Australia come into the quarter-finals as huge favourites to progress to the semis. Aussies finished second in Group A and are itching to go into the semis with a huge win against Pakistan. The batsmen did well in patches in the league stages but the team management will need them to fire from all cylinders in the knockout stage. Glenn Maxwell was the only Aussie batsman who looked threatening in the World Cup. Openers Aaron Finch and David Warner did not have a good tournament apart from a hundred each. Steve Smith looked good in a couple of matches but the rest seemed to be below par. Their strength in the World Cup was their bowling led by Mitchell Starc who is the second highest run wicket taker in the tournament. He would like his fellow bowlers to step up and back him.

Mitchell Starc has been Australia’s trump card in this World Cup

Best Batsmen

Australia

Team

Pakistan

David Warner

Batsman

Misbah-ul-Haq

5

Matches

6

5

Innings

6

264

Total Runs

316

66.00

Average

52.66

125.11

Strike-Rate

77.64

178

Highest Score

76

 

After two defeats to India and West Indies early on in this tournament, Pakistan have bounced back with four wins including the one against South Africa which everyone was doubtful off. Pakistan has the knack of coming out of nowhere in big tournaments and going on to win it. For eg: 1992 WC where they lost 4 matches and came back to win 5, Qualified and won the World Cup. The batting has looked average but Misbah ul Haq has been fantastic as a captain and as a batsman and with the arrival of Sarfraz Ahmed, their batting has looked good. The bowling line up has done well in patches and for the crunch game against the Aussies, Pakistan won’t be without their Premier pacer Mohammad Irfan and in his absence, a lot depend on Wahab Riaz and Sohail Khan. Their concern will be the form of their premier All-Rounder Shahid Afridi who is struggling both with the bat and the ball. If Afridi manages to come good, it will be advantage Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval.

Addition of Sarfraz Ahmed has done some wonders for Pakistan in this World Cup

Best Bowler

Australia

Team

Pakistan

Mitchell Starc

Bowler

Wahab Riaz

5

Matches

6

5

Innings

6

136

Runs Given

314

16

Wickets

14

8.50

Average

22.42

3.67

Economy

5.49

6/28

Best Bowling

4/45

 

Team News

Since the wicket is expected to be seamer friendly, both the teams will leave their spinners out. Pakistan won’t have the services of Mohammad Irfan, who was ruled out of the tournament.

Playing XI

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

Pakistan: Ahmed Shahzad, Sarfraz Ahmed, Haris Sohail, Misbah ul Haq, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali and Ehsan Adil.  

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