3rd T20: Pakistan aim to clean sweep Australia

Deborshi Chaki & Diptosh Majumdar | Updated: September 9, 2012, 7:15 PM IST
3rd T20: Pakistan aim to clean sweep Australia

After clinching the three-match Twenty20 series, Pakistan would aim for a clean sweep in the third and final match against Australia in Dubai on Monday.

Australia won't be taking the field considering the match as a dead rubber encounter. Going into this series, Australia were never the favourites, but they had a great opportunity to redeem their reputation in this format. The Aussies had a poor outing in the first match, but in the second one they were touch unlucky by losing in the one-over eliminator.

The visiting team after suffering the big loss in the first T20 pulled back things and improved their performance as a team. Openers David Warner and Shane Watson got the starts and failed to make it big, but skipper George Bailey was a revelation with the bat by tying the match.

It's spin bowling which is giving the Australian batsmen a hard time, but they are not able to take a cue from that and playing a lone spinner in the form of Brad Hogg. On the other hand, Pakistan are consistent by fielding three spinners - Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan and Mohammad Hafeez.

The Australian team management might tinker with the combination for the third match and might include Xavier Doherty in place of Daniel Christian, who's being wasted down the order. Moreover, they can also afford to rest one of the pacers, either Mitchell Starc or Pat Cummins keeping in mind the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 next month.

After winning the series, Pakistan are in the driver's seat and would take the field with nothing to lose attitude. Captain Mohammad Hafeez would be a happy man by seeing his team peaking at the right time, just prior to the T20 extravaganza. Moreover, as a team they are clicking in every department, be it batting and bowling.

The Pakistan team is a mix of youth and experience with the presence of veterans Abdur Razzaq, Akmal and Shahid Afridi. Meanwhile, Nashir Jamshed and left-arm spinner Hasan are the finds of this ongoing series. In the pace bowling department, Umal Gul and Sohail Tanvir have proved to be the exploits of this shorter format.

It is very unlikely of Afridi playing due to the finger injury and Pakistan would not like to risk him in this inconsequential match, but also would not like to make too many changes.

Probable XIs:

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

Australia: 1 Shane Watson, 2 David Warner, 3 George Bailey (capt), 4 Michael Hussey, 5 David Hussey, 6 Mathew Wade (wk), 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 Daniel Christian/Xavier Doherty, 9 Brad Hogg, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 Pat Cummins/Ben Hilfenaus

First Published: September 9, 2012, 7:15 PM IST

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