Date & Time: Wednesday, 12th June, 3:00 PM IST
Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
Pakistan suffered a huge defeat at the hands of the West Indies in their opening game but got back into form when they beat England by 14 runs in their last match. As for Australia, they won both their games against Afghanistan and West Indies but were defeated against India. Watch the 17th match of the World Cup 2019 as Australia and Pakistan take on each other at The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, at 3:00 PM IST today.
Marcus Stoinis is injured, leaving the Australian team wanting to still select slot numbers 5 and 6. The only other reserve batsman is Shaun Marsh who is most likely to take no, 4 but does not bowl. Which means Jason Behrendorff or Kane Richardson have to come in as fast bowlers with the no.6 spot going to Alex Carey.
Probable Playing XI
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
In the past, Azhar Ali has played the Royal London Cup and Mushtaq Ahmed played for Somerset. The T20 tournament is bound to see Babar Azam later this season and currently, he has a chance to show the team and his fans his prowess. The team looks more or less settled and might even remain unchanged.
Probable Playing XI
Probable XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk/c), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Hassan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
Two games were already abandoned due to the weather and throughout the week, the weather over Taunton remains wet. On match day the chances of showers are at 50%, which might affect the game. Afghanistan was up against New Zealand when they last met against each other at the Cooper Associates County Ground and the pitch was extremely bouncy at the seam. Even with overcast conditions, the pitch is likely to assist some quicks.
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