After having been denied the opportunity for victory in the first game due to rain, Australia showed their class with a thumping seven-wicket win in the 2nd T20I against Pakistan. With just one more match left in the series, Australia have taken an unassailable 1-0 lead and would look to clinch the series in the 3rd and final game at Perth on the 8th of November.
The visiting Pakistan side has looked rather listless against a strong Australia. And expect captain Babar Azam, none of the others have really stepped up.
Australia, hence, would start favorites for sealing the series in the 3rd T20I. Captain Aaron Finch would be delighted that Steve Smith, who lead the chase in the last game with a terrific unbeaten 80, is finding form in the shortest format too. Smith, along with David Warner and Finch at the top, make for a really strong top-order that Pakistan will need to be wary of in the final game. The dangerous Alex Carey down the order could provide a successful finishing touch too.
Australia’s bowling has been doing a fantastic job in this series with Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins being at their best while left-arm spinner Ashton Agar doing a fine curtailing job. The pitch at Perth should suit Starc and Cummins which is bad news for the opposition.
Pakistan’s batting has been heavily dependent on captain Babar Azam who has struck fifties in both the games. However, the others like Fakhar Zaman , Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan and Asif Ali have failed. Iftikhar Ahmed’s sparkling 62 off 34 balls in the last match down the order was a welcome for the team and Pakistan would hope that he shows his promise in the last match too.
Pakistan’s bowling continues to disappoint with Mohammad Irfan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz all leaking runs. The pitch at Perth should support the Pakistani seamers. However, if they bowl short again, they will be brutally punished.
This Pakistani simply doesn’t look threatening enough to stop Australia at the moment.
Match prediction – Australia vs Pakistan, 3rd T20I:
This will be the first T20I played at the Perth Stadium. Traditionally, the pitch here has supported the seam bowlers and hasn’t been too easy for batting. It will be interesting to see the kind of surface used between Australia and Pakistan in the 3rd and final T20I of the series.
The pitch should generate good bounce and thus the seamers and spinners would both get help. The batsmen should enjoy batting after the first few overs. The team batting first should score in the range of 160-170. The combined total for this match is likely to be around 310-320.
Australia are on a roll and look really strong at home. They are dominating a Pakistani side that looks too dependent on a few individuals. Australia should hence be the winners of the 3rd T20I and win the series 2-0.