Pakistan will face Australia in a five-match ODI series starting from Friday, January 13. This series follows the three Tests that Pakistan played in Australia and lost and it gives the side a chance to avenge that whitewash.
Unfortunately for Pakistan, things might not be as easy as that. Their record in ODI cricket hasn’t been great in recent times and add that to the fact they haven’t done too well in Australia either for some years makes it even worse for their chances. Digging right into the statistics, the two teams have played in 93 ODIs and Pakistan have won just 31 of those with Australia having clinched 58 while one of those games ended in a tie.
Even in recent times, Pakistan have failed to dislodge Australia in ODI cricket – the Aussies holding a 5-0 advantage in their previous five games against Pakistan. What makes this slightly harder to take is Pakistan’s record in Australia has been equally abysmal, having lost 33 of the 51 matches played in the country. Over the last 11 games played in Australia between these two cricketing nations, the hosts lead the head-to-head 10-1 – Pakistan’s last ODI victory in the country coming in 2005 thanks to Yousuf Youhana and Abdul Razzaq’s half-centuries.
The only positive that Pakistan can look to take into this series will be their previous performance against Australia in the 2015 World Cup where they toiled and fought tooth and nail to try and defend 213 but in the end were out-thought by Shane Watson and Steven Smith despite Wahab Riaz’s roaring spell.
Pakistan have already been dealt two body-blows. They will be without Mohammad Irfan who had to leave Australia after the death of his mother and now news has filtered in that Sarfaraz Ahmed won’t be playing a part either because of a family issue and is doubtful for the entire series. Junaid Khan has been brought in to the squad as Irfan’s replacement while Mohammad Rizwan will keep wickets till Sarfaraz returns to the side or they name a replacement keeper.
Australia have an interesting-looking side after they dropped Aaron Finch and George Bailey from the line-up and have brought in Chris Lynn and Bill Stanlake. The Aussie side will keep changing throughout the five-match series one feels as they look to rest a few of their players in the lead-up to the Test series in India later this year. Prediction for the Pakistan vs Australia 2nd ODI on Friday is placed below.
Australia vs Pakistan 2nd ODI preview and prediction
Australia to win the match.
Highest Scorer: David Warner/Chris Lynn
Australia v Pakistan 2017 ODI Series Fixtures
- Australia vs Pakistan 1st ODI at Brisbane on Jan 13, 2017 – Australia won by 92 runs
- Australia vs Pakistan 2nd ODI at Melbourne on Jan 15, 2017 (03:20 GMT)
- Australia vs Pakistan 3rd ODI at Perth on Jan 19, 2017 (03:20 GMT)
- Australia vs Pakistan 4th ODI at Sydney on Jan 22, 2017 (03:20 GMT)
- Australia vs Pakistan 5th ODI at Adelaide on Jan 26, 2017 (03:20 GMT)