The tournament is at full swing and all the teams are giving in all they have to make it deep into the tournament.
The match 17 will be played between Australia and Pakistan, in Taunton. Pakistan had a tough luck in the previous match as it washed out and both the teams shared one point each.
Australia currently rest at the 4th position as they lost their last match against India, while Pakistan are at the bottom four. Both the sides have quality players that can play good cricket on their days.
This encounter will be a crucial one as both the teams will play out their 4th game and will look to steal 2 points, for a safer game in the later part of the tournament.
Australia (Probable XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch (C), Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (WK), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.
Pakistan (Probable XI): Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C&WK), Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Shahdab Khan, Mohammad Amir.
David Warner vs Mohammad Amir
After an unbeaten 89 against Afghanistan and 53 against india, Warner has made it clear that he means business in this tournament.
Warner has amassed 4435 runs in 106 innings, with a high score of 179. He has an average of 43.91 and a S/R of 95.99 in ODI cricket. He also has 14 centuries and 18 fifties under his belt.
Amir has been bowling with all his might and is currently considered to be one of the top bowlers in this tournament. With an average of just over 30 and 65 wickets in ODIs, Amir will be seen leading the pace attack for Pakistan once again.
The left-arm quick will be expected to trouble the Aussies with his quick swingers. Amir has been picking up wickets consistently and bowling with a good economy in this tournament so far.
Mitchell Starc vs Babar Azam
The left arm fast bowler has been wrecking havoc in this tournament. Start has picked 7 wickets in 3 matches so far. Starc is now the quickest to reach to 150 wickets, reaching the milestone at only his 77th match.
With best figures of 6/28 and an economy of 4.94, the left-arm quick also averages 21.09 in ODI cricket. With these figures, Starc will definitely be a key factor for his team in this tournament.
Azam is currently the 2nd ranked batsman (ODI), who has been scoring heaps of runs for Pakistan in recent times.
With an average of 51 in ODIs and s/r of 85, Azam will be the key factor to Pakistan’s batting and will be expected to curate their innings. Azam has scored 22 and 36 in this tournament so far; getting off to a start but failing to convert.
This will be a crucial match for him as they play on the defending champions and what better opportunity than this to prove his worth.
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This will most certainly be a close match and a high scoring game too.
Australia will, however, clinch this match with their all-round performance as we feel Pakistan still lacks that fire power to take down the defending champions.
Warner and Smith are expected to go about the same way and put up big scores on the board, while Amir is expected to trouble the Aussies with his left arm swing bowling.
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