Australia and Pakistan will play the 18th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on October 20. Australia, who were expected to be one of the better teams in the tournament, have underperformed so far, winning just one of the three games they’ve played. Sri Lanka are the opponents who they beat.
Bowling first, Australia bowled out Sri Lanka for 209 as Adam Zampa picked up four wickets and Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins picked up two each. In the chase, Marnus Labuschagne and Josh Inglis scored half centuries to take Australia to the target in 35.2 overs.
Pakistan, on the other hand, have two wins from three matches. They come into this game on the back of a loss to arch-rivals Pakistan. Babar Azam (50) and Mohammed Rizwan (49) played important knocks but without much support from the rest of the batsmen, they were eventually bowled out for 191. Currently at the fourth spot in the points table, Pakistan will be looking to solidify their position in the top four by winning against Australia. They will be hoping that Azam, who has not been able to deliver substantial performances apart from the half century against India, plays his A game.
Ahead of match 18 of the Cricket World Cup 2023, here’s everything you need to know.
Australia vs Pakistan Injury update
Adam Zampa, who was Australia’s best bowler in the previous game, injured himself but it has been confirmed by the team management that he is fit to play this game. Pakistan, on the other hand, do not have any injury concerns and are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI.
Australia vs Pakistan predicted XI
Australia: 1 David Warner 2 Mitchell Marsh 3 Steven Smith 4 Marnus Labuschagne 5 Josh Inglis (wk) 6 Glenn Maxwell 7 Marcus Stoinis 8 Mitchell Starc 9 Pat Cummins (c) 10 Adam Zampa 11 Josh Hazlewood
Pakistan: 1 Abdullah Shafique 2 Imam-ul-Haq 3 Babar Azam (capt) 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk) 5 Saud Shakeel 6 Mohammad Nawaz/Shadab Khan 7 Iftikhar Ahmed 8 Usama Mir 9 Hasan Ali 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi 11 Haris Rauf
Australia vs Pakistan Match Details
Match: Australia vs Pakistan
Date & Time: October 20, 2.00 PM IST
Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Australia vs Pakistan Fantasy Team
Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Rizwan
Batters: Babar Azam, David Warner, Imam-ul-Haq
All-rounders: Shadab Khan, Cameroon Green, Glenn Maxwell
Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Adam Zampa, Haris Rauf
Captain: Mohammad Rizwan
Vice captain: Glenn Maxwell
Australia vs Pakistan: Bangalore Weather and Pitch Report
This is one of the best batting pitches in India. Anything above 280 will be a good total on this ground. The weather, meanwhile, will be warm and sunny with no chance of rain. The temperature will be around 32 degrees Celsius.
Australia vs Pakistan, 2023 World Cup Broadcast details
The match between Australia and Pakistan will be live on the Star Sports network as far as TV is concerned.
Australia vs Pakistan Live Streaming
Disney + Hotstar has picked up streaming rights of the Australia vs Pakistan match. The toss will take place at 2.00 PM IST.
Australia vs Pakistan ODI matches Head-to-Head
|Matches won by Australia||69|
|Matches won by Pakistan||34|
Australia vs Pakistan match prediction
In their last 15 matches against Pakistan, Australia have won just three. They haven’t looked too strong a side in the ongoing World Cup either. Pakistan should be the winning side in this match.