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PAK vs AUS, 3rd ODI – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Pakistan vs Australia, (PAK vs AUS, 3rd ODI)

Date: April 2, 2022 – 3:30 PM IST

Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

When and what time to watch the match live in India

For cricket fans in India, you can watch the live action between Pakistan and Australia in the ODI series on the Sony Sports Network. It will be broadcast live on channels like Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Fans will also be able to catch live streaming of the PAK vs AUS 3rd ODI on the Sony Liv app and website. However, viewers will require a premium subscription to watch the match on Sony Liv. Catch the first ODI at 3:30 PM IST on April 2.

PAK vs AUS, 3rd ODI:

There’s everything to play for going into the final ODI with the series currently tied at 1-1. Australia were a class apart in the opening ODI and put in an all-round performance to seal a fantastic 88 run-win against the hosts. Travis Head led the way with yet another century while Ben McDermott added another fifty runs. It was then up to Adam Zampa to lead the charge. Despite Imam-ul-Haq’s century, Zampa picked up a four-wicket-haul to bowl out Pakistan for 225, sealing an impressive win for the visitors.

Pakistan then showed tremendous grit and determination to overcome difficult odds and succeed in the second ODI. They were under pressure once again as Australia, led by Ben McDermott’s century as well as classy fifties from Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne, posted 348/8 on the board after 50 overs. The hosts got off to a brilliant start in the run-chase as Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq stitched a 118-run stand for the opening wicket.

Imam brought up his second century in as many matches and Fakhar’s dismissal at 67 brought Pakistan captain Babar Azam to the crease. Babar then led the show with an 83-ball 114 and even though Nathan Ellis got rid of him in the 45th over, Khushdil Shah and Iftikhar Ahmed saw Pakistan home in the penultimate over and with six wickets in hand.

Pitch Record and Weather Forecast for PAK vs AUS, 3rd ODI

Spin bowlers are expected to find assistance at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Both teams might look to utilize an extra spin bowler in order to take advantage of the conditions on offer. The ball comes well on to the bat and the surface will be friendly to the batters. Scores of 300 have been crossed here in each of the last two ODI matches and the same is expected in the series decider too.

The afternoon in Lahore is expected to be blazing hot once again. Temperature is expected to reach as high as 38 degree Centigrade during the noon and there’s absolutely no chance for precipitation. The weather should cool around the evening and the dew factor is expected to come into play later in the match. Both captains are likely to bowl first after winning the toss.

Pakistan – Expected XI and Team News

The bowling attack of Pakistan has come under intense pressure after conceding 300+ in both their matches so far. However, following a win in the last match, the hosts are expected to go in with an unchanged lineup for the series decider.

Probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Zahid Mahmood, Shaheen Shah Afridi

Australia – Expected XI and Team News

Matt Renshaw is expected to emerge out of isolation before the third ODI. However, Australia’s top order has fared well during the ODI series and there’s little need to change and shuffle. The visitors are short-staffed in other departments and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them go in with an unchanged XI as well.

Probable XI: Aaron Finch (C), Travis Head, Ben McDermott, Marnus Labuschagne, Marcus Stoinis, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (WK), Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Swepson

Head to Head record of Pakistan vs Australia:

Pakistan and Australia have played 106 ODIs against each other since 1975. Australia holds the upper hand with victories in 69 matches while hosts Pakistan have won 33 games. Four matches have finished without a winner between the two teams.

Total games – 106

Pakistan – 33

Australia – 69

No Result – 4

3rd ODI: Five players to watch out for in the PAK vs AUS match:

Here we will discuss the five players that you need to pick in your MPL Fantasy XI:

Travis Head: Batter, Australia

Travis Head has been in unbelievable form and has shown plenty of consistency in the ODI series. He scored 101 runs in 72 deliveries in the opening match and had even picked up two wickets for 35 runs in his spell of six overs, winning the player of the match award. Head followed that up with another spectacular knock of 89 runs in the second ODI.

Babar Azam: Batter, Pakistan

In the second ODI, Babar Azam brought up his 15th ODI hundred during his 83rd innings. He became the fastest player in the world to accomplish this feat, overtaking South Africa’s Hashim Amla who had achieved that feat in 86 innings. Babar also scored a half-century in the first ODI and has looked in glorious touch.

Imam-ul-Haq: Batter, Pakistan

Little else needs to be said about Imam-ul-Haq who has scored two centuries in both the ODI matches so far. He’s the top-scorer of the ODI series with 209 in two matches and has a jaw-dropping average of 104.50. He has also batted a tremendous strike rate of 108.29.

Adam Zampa: Bowler, Australia

Adam Zampa has taken 24 wickets against Pakistan in only 10 ODIs at a strike rate of 23.08. He has scalped six wickets in this series and leads the wicket-takers’ list. Zampa had collected a match-winning four-wicket-haul in the first ODI.

Shaheen Afridi: Bowler, Pakistan

Shaheen Afridi is arriving into this clash following his four-wicket-haul in the previous match. Although the Pakistan bowling unit leaked a lot of runs, it would’ve been a lot worse without Shaheen’s presence.

MPL Fantasy XI

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

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