Dubai: After a thrilling One Day International series between Australia and Pakistan, both teams are now set to face each other in the first T20 of the three match series.
Australia, after winning the ODI series by 2-1, is now eyeing to win the T20 series but the Pakistani players, who are famous for their strike power, will not make the journey easy for Australia.
Umar Gul and Mohammad Sami will add a greater pace threat to the Pakistan team, while Imran Nazir and Abdul Razzaq would add a great fire power to the batting line.
On the other hand, Brad Hogg’s wrist spin will add a dimension lacking from Australia’s ODI combination, while the returns of Shane Watson and Pat Cummins add power and pace. Cameron White’s chance of a place in the batting order may depend on the bowling balance chosen.
The squads for the teams are as follows:
Pakistan (squad) Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal (wk), Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami, Sohail Tanvir
Australia (squad) David Warner, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade (wk), David Hussey, Michael Hussey, George Bailey (capt), Cameron White, Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Hogg, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Ben Hilfenhaus, Alister McDermott.
Pitch and conditions:
The change of formats means more palatable playing hours for both sides, though it will not entirely rule out the emergence of dew as a factor in the second innings. Dubai’s pitch has shown evidence of some pace and bounce in recent times, but its most abiding characteristics are helpfulness to spinners.