2nd T20: Pakistan look to keep Aus on the mat

Deborshi Chaki & Diptosh Majumdar | Updated: September 6, 2012, 9:43 PM IST
2nd T20: Pakistan look to keep Aus on the mat

Australia and Pakistan will face each other again in the second Twenty20 Match on Friday and after winning the first T20, Pakistan will be hope to repeat the fantastic performance once again.

The seven-wicket loss in the first T20 on Wednesday was Australia's heaviest in terms of balls to spare for the chasing team, after George Bailey's men were bundled out for just 89.

Pakistan's spin trio of Saeed Ajmal, Hasan Raza and Mohammad Hafeez shared six wickets in the first Twenty20 and skipper Hafeez will be hoping that his bowlers don't dissapoint in the second match. Pacer Umar Gul was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, so Australian batsmen have to be at their best if they stand any chance of winning.

The second match is expected to be the toughest match of the tour because Aussies would give their best to level the series 1-1 while Pakistan on the other hand will be hoping to take an unassailable lead in the series.

Pakistan went into bat with the combination of Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Nazir and the in-form Nasir Jamshed was pushed down to the number 3 spot. It is quite clear that even at the age of 30, Nazir needs a stable head at the other end to keep him from jumping down the pitch every two deliveries. Therefore, Pakistan should stick to this order unless the situation demands otherwise.

Things change very fast and just two days after winning the ODI series, the Australians find themselves with a lot to prove. The role reversal also extends out to the two new captains. Considerable pressure is mounting up on Bailey while a relatively calm Hafeez finds himself in a good position. Australian batsmen have to prove what they are capable of in the shorter format of the game.

Australia might have missed a trick by not playing Brad Hogg and could look to rectify that on Friday by potentially sacrificing a batsman and changing the combination of the team. Pakistan is most likely go in with their winning combination.

Pakistan will take a lot of confidence from the first game and look to keep the Aussies on the mat in the second. However, Australia have to bounce back in order to keep the series alive.

Probable XIs:

Australia: 1 George Bailey (capt), 2 Shane Watson, 3 David Warner, 4 Cameron White, 5 David Hussey, 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Matthew Wade, 8 Glenn Maxwell, 9 Ben Hilfenhaus, 10 Brad Hogg, 11 Pat Cummins

Pakistan: 1 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 2 Imran Nazir, 3 Nasir Jamshed, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Kamran Akmal, 7 Abdul Razzaq, 8 Sohail Tanveer, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Raza Hasan

First Published: September 6, 2012, 9:43 PM IST

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