Series: TEST MATCH, 2022
Match: 1st match, PAK VS AUS
Team: Pakistan VS Australia
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi.
Time: March 3, 2022, 10:30 am
Live: Sony Sports Network.
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
At Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Pakistan will play Australia in the first Test match of the historic Test series. After a 23-year absence, the Australian team is returning to Pakistan, and both teams will be hoping to establish an early lead in this historic series. The primary fight would be between the Australian batters and the Pakistani spinners.
Pitch & Condition
The Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium’s surface is well-balanced, providing good support for batters and bowlers. It is expected to aid the swing bowlers at first, but the spinners will be vital in the second half.
The par score is expected to be in the range of 170-180.
On matchdays, the temperature is forecast to be approximately 18°C, with 57 per cent humidity and a wind speed of 13 km/hr. During the game, there are no chances of rain.
During the first two days, the wicket would be ideal for batting. It would begin turning on Day 3 like any other subcontinental track. On this surface, chasing a 4th innings total would be difficult.
According to toss prediction, Pakistan will win the toss and bat first.
Point Table Analysis
In Test cricket, Pakistan had a fantastic year in 2021, losing only two games out of nine. They will be ecstatic to see Australia return to play in this country.
Australia demonstrated their might in December 2021 and January 2022 by winning the Ashes 4-0. On the other hand, defeating Pakistan Pakistan will be a difficult task.
Recent Form (L to R)
Pakistan – W W W L W
Australia – W D W W W
Head to Head (Last 5 Matches)
Total Matches Played- 5
Pakistan won- 1
Australia won- 3
Shan Masood is set to be Abdullah Shafique’s new partner, and the two will have to hold up to Australia’s formidable bowling assault. Azam and Azhar Ali’s expertise in the middle order is a plus for them. Mohammad Rizwan, Fawad Alam, and Faheem Ashraf want to play critical roles in the victory.
Their bowling assault would be put to the test against some of the world’s most delicate batters. Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah will put the new ball to good use. Sajid Khan and Nauman Ali are sure to get help from the track, and they’ll have to keep the Australians guessing with their variations.
Top players to bet on- Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi, Sajid Khan.
David Warner and Usman Khawaja must establish a solid first-wicket partnership to succeed. Warner is vying for a spot in the Test team, and he expects firm performance. Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne must secure the middle order and form partnerships to win. Down the order, Travis Head, Alex Carey, and Ashton Agar contribute to the team’s strengths.
Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood must take advantage of the new ball because it isn’t expected to do much as it becomes old. Nathan Lyon would be the team’s most crucial bowler, and he’d aim to partner Agar in the middle overs. Cameron Green’s periods are also essential to the team.
Top players to bet on – Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Alex Carey.
Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Faheem Ashraf, Nauman Ali, Naseem Shah, Sajid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan.
Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey.
Dream 11 Prediction
The test match between Pakistan and Australia is expected to be tight. While Australia has a strong record against Pakistan, they travel the country for the first time since 1998. The unfamiliar conditions and the energetic Pakistani team may be a challenge.