Umar Akmal blistering hitting vs Australia

Another big game for Pakistan as they take on Australia and once again they lost the toss. Australia has won the toss and they will bat first like the New Zealand. On this pitch which is good for batting and both the side carry equal chances.
Australia has made a couple of changes on their side. They have brought in Finch and Hazelwood in place of Marsh and Hastings. Pakistan, on the other hand, is going with Wahab Riaz in place of Irfan and the rest of the unit is the same.
Pakistan will have to get this one to remain respectful. Hafeez is still unfit and that is a big blow for Pakistan. He batted well in the game against Bangladesh but against India suffered an injury and was ruled out for the game against New Zealand and now against Australia.

Pakistan has not played some good cricket in the tournament so far. They and the ideal start, but then could not capitalize on it and after winning their first game lost the next two. In both the games, they were there, but they could not manage to get the desired results. This is their final chance to show that they still can win something.

Neither among Pakistan or Australia could afford a defeat in this game, so the stakes were massively high. Steve Smith won the toss and put his side to bat first.

Batting first, the Aussies batted superbly on a good pitch and finished with a mamoth target of 190 plus. Against Pakistan, that is always your first sign of victory.

The Pakistani batsmen needed to fire on all cylinders, especially their top order alongsidee the likes of Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi. Umar Akmal was one of the culprits behind Pakistan’s defeat to New Zealand in the last game. Though Akmal in this game batted superbly. Watch Akmal’s blistering innings in this video.

But if Australia walks away with this game then there will be calculators out and Australia, India and Pakistan will be in the race for the net run rate and who wins it will get into the semifinal with the kiwis.Pakistan will have to win this game just to save some respect. They lost badly to India and New Zealand despite getting an ideal start against Bangladesh in the first game. Against New Zealand, they should have won it, but they did not and lost an easy opportunity.

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