Australia will take on Pakistan in Adelaide on Friday in the third ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-final with both teams in good form. The Australians are the favourites to win the meeting at the Adelaide Oval but it’s won’t be easy as the sub continent side are starting to play some good cricket. The Pakistanis won their last three matches as they finished third in Pool B.
The 1992 champions have both openers, Ahmed Shehzad and Sarfraz Ahmed, in good form coming to this match. Both openers could hold the key and build a platform for Misbah-Ul-Haq. The captain is also in form will play a crucial roles in the middle order.
The Australians were beaten only once in this Cricket World Cup by New Zealand at Eden Park in a thrilling match but the Aussies are ranked first in ODI’s. Mitchell Starc has been superb with the new ball in hand and is the leading wicket taker in this tournament. Starc can turn a match upside down and is a potential headache to Pakistan.
A talented bowler, Starc can swing the ball at pace around 145 kph+ and also produces some brilliant yorkers at the death. The fast bowler is also dangerous when the ball is starting to reverse.
Glenn Maxwell will be another player to watch as he is one of the most dangerous batsman in this tournament. Maxwell already smashed 100 off 51 balls in an earlier outing against Sri Lanka.
Pakistan are a dangerous side and they are well known as an unpredictable side that can beat any team on its day. That said the co-hosts will start as the favourites at the Adelaide Oval.