Pakistan vs. Australia: Second ODI preview
Pakistan vs. Australia: Second ODI preview

Pakistan and Australia are ready to face off in the second One-Day International (ODI) of the five-match series in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates on Sunday.

The visitors are leading the series 1-0 with a thumping eight-wicket win in the first ODI at the same venue on Friday.

Therefore, Aaron Finch-led unit will go in the contest as favorites as they will be looking to strengthen their position with another positive result in the next match.

Kangaroos will be relying on the likes of in-form captain Finch, his opening partner Usman Khawaja and veteran left-hander Shaun Marsh to score bulk of the runs in the batting department, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of pacers Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson and spin-duo of Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon to provide timely breakthroughs.

On the other hand, Pakistan will enter the contest clearly under pressure as the home team will be eager to bounce back after a horrendous show in the series opener.

In the batting department, the Men in Green will be relying on the likes of in-form Haris Sohail, opener Imam-Ul-Haq, middle-order batsman Umar Akmal and captian Shoaib Malik to score bulk of the runs, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on the spin-duo of Imad Wasim and Yasir Shah to dismantle the opposition's batting lineup – something they failed to do in the first ODI.

There is one change expected on Sunday in the home side's playing eleven

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Azeem Siddiqui
Passionate sports follower in the field of sports journalism for more than five years. Loves writing about cricket, football, and tennis.
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