The high-stakes match is scheduled for Friday, 20 October at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
This match could be a turning point for Australia’s World Cup campaign. After losses to India and South Africa, Pat Cummins’ team cannot afford to lose more than two games, possibly just one, in the remaining group-stage fixtures to secure a spot in the top four.
A defeat to Pakistan, who already have two victories under their belt, would be a significant setback for Australia’s ambition to clinch a sixth title in the men’s Cricket World Cup.
Despite a recent loss to India, Pakistan is still in a strong position. A win against Australia would provide a significant boost to Babar Azam’s team, propelling them ahead in the race for the semi-final spots as they approach the midpoint of their group campaign.
Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.
Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim.
Players to Watch
Pakistan – Babar Azam
Despite topping the MRF Tyres ODI Men’s Batting Rankings, Pakistan’s captain has yet to hit his stride in the tournament. A commendable half-century against India hinted at his potential, but Babar will need to deliver more substantial contributions to secure his team’s place in the top four. With nineteen career ODI hundreds and an average of 57.02, a high-scoring performance seems imminent.
Australia – Mitchell Starc
Starc, Australia’s primary wicket-taker, will play a crucial role, especially during the first Powerplay. His ability to disrupt Pakistan’s batting lineup could be the key to victory. If Starc can take early wickets, Australia’s chances of winning will significantly increase.