AUS vs PAK – ICC World Cup Match 18 Prediction 20 Oct 2023
In the 18th match of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, Australia and Pakistan will compete at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
- Both teams have participated in three games in this prestigious tournament.
- Australia secured a victory in their latest match against Sri Lanka, triumphing by five wickets after facing losses against India and South Africa.
- On the other hand, Babar Azam’s Pakistan will look to rebound from a significant loss to arch-rivals India, which could have dented their confidence.
AUS vs PAK – ICC WC 2023 – Venue Details
Venue: Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Date: October 20th 2023
Time: 14:00 (local)
AUS vs PAK – ICC WC 2023 – Team Previews
Following their defeats against India and South Africa, Australia displayed resilience, determined not to bow out of the tournament quietly. They delivered an all-around performance, excelling with the bat, ball, and in the field, effectively defeating Sri Lanka. This victory not only earned them their first points but also helped improve their negative net run rate.
Mitchell Marsh, who had faced two failures earlier, made a significant impact, while Adam Zampa’s exceptional performance, especially in controlling the middle overs, set him apart from Pakistan’s struggling spin department. As they departed from Lucknow, the Australian team discovered the much-needed middle-order runs, thanks to Josh Inglis and Glenn Maxwell.
Although there were concerns about the condition of Adam Zampa’s back, Pat Cummins has confirmed that he is fully fit. Therefore, it’s expected that Australia will field an unchanged lineup.
The loss to India shook Pakistan, causing them to lose the momentum they had built in their earlier matches. It’s essential to note that one defeat doesn’t automatically label Pakistan as a team in crisis. However, the nature of their downfall and their inability to exert pressure on the Indian side with the ball raise significant concerns.
The upcoming match could be pivotal in determining the course of both teams in this World Cup. Pakistan certainly hopes that the narratives about their performance are just narratives and that they haven’t veered off track after their initially promising start.
A viral infection has affected the Pakistan camp in recent days, but most players have since recovered. Pakistan, given their challenges in the middle overs while bowling on a flat pitch is contemplating making changes. Either Shadab Khan or Mohammad Nawaz might sit out, with legspinner Usama Mir set to make his World Cup debut.
AUS vs PAK – ICC WC 2023 – Probable Playing XI’s
Australia: D Warner, Mitch Marsh, S Smith, M Labuschagne, J Inglis, G Maxwell, M Stoinis, Mitch Starc, P Cummins (Cap), A Zampa, J Hazlewood
Pakistan: A Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, B Azam (Cap), Mohd Rizwan, S Shakeel, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, U Mir, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, H Rauf
AUS vs PAK – ICC WC 2023 – Pitch Report and Toss Prediction
The M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore is a paradise for batsmen, offering excellent conditions for scoring runs. The pitch tends to become even better for batting under the lights, making it a choice for the captain to opt for bowling first, as a high-scoring contest is likely to unfold.
AUS vs PAK – ICC WC 2023 – Win Prediction
Australia are slight favourites for this game even though they are behind in the points table.