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World Cup 2019: Rain likely to affect Pakistan-Australia match

World Cup 2019: Rain likely to affect Pakistan-Australia match

TAUNTON – Pakistan and Australia are all set to lock horns with each other in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Wednesday (today), but rain is likely to affect the important match.

According to weather reports, 80 percent of the play will presumably not be possible due to the downpour in Taunton. Pakistan and Australia players conducted indoor practice sessions on Tuesday (yesterday) due to overnight rains and wet outfield.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed affirmed that he is determined to perform well and win the contest regardless of the weather conditions.

The match is scheduled to begin at 02:30 PM (PST) at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. Both teams will share a point if the match is abandoned.

History

Former champions Pakistan and defending champions Australia have faced each other nine times in the World Cups. The Kangaroos won five battles against Pakistan, whereas, the Green Shirts emerged victorious against Australia four times.

Furthermore, the last five matches between these two teams were all won by Australia as they whitewashed Pakistan 5-0 in the one-day international (ODI) series that was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

It is worth mentioning here that Pakistan’s previous outing against Sri Lanka was also washed out by rain as both sides were awarded a point each. Afterwards, South Africa-West Indies and Bangladesh-Sri Lanka matches were also abandoned owing to showers.  

Squads

Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c/wk), Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq , Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa