1st T20: Pakistan v Australia Betting, Tips & Preview

Glenn Maxwell

Maxwell: New one-day Aussie star

Australia finally claimed the One Day series between these two sides but Pakistan have an immediate chance for revenge with three T20 fixtures starting in Dubai tomorrow (4.30pm BST).

Mohammed Hafeez’s side tend to excel at the shortest form of the game and the skipper will be looking at where his side can improve to secure a win in this first contest.

Australia meanwhile have a few changes in personnel and with some T20 specialists coming into the squad, do they present an even tougher prospect for the hosts?

Pakistan may have relied too heavily on their bowlers and in particular Saeed Ajmal, who the tourists found the most difficult to cope with in the 50 over games. Unfortunately, Ajmal received little support through the series other from Junaid Khan who was recalled for the final two matches.

The batsmen can take some of the blame at the same time because they simply didn’t score quickly enough. In the final ODI, Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed put on 129 for the first wicket but with no urgency in the partnership, the Pakistan run rate finished at a shade above 4 per over.

If the home side are to take a positive result from this or any other T20 game this month they will simply have to raise that run rate and set a formidable total for the Australians to chase down.

Best Odds available to win this game:
5/6 Australia (Stan James, BetVictor), 11/10 Pakistan (Betfred)

As far as the squads are concerned, Pakistan have few changes themselves and they will once again rely heavily on the abilities of Junaid Khan and Saeed Ajmal with the ball.

In chasing down that total of 244 on Monday, Australia showed that they have a new One Day star in the shape of Glenn Maxwell. The 23-year-old came in with his side in a tricky position at 159-5 but his 38-ball 56, which contained three sixes helped to change the game.

Maxwell, who appeared for Hampshire in England’s Domestic T20 competition, could be one of the stars of the World T20 in Sri Lanka this month and he is likely to have a pivotal role in this Pakistan series.

The Aussies will welcome back Shane Watson who missed the ODI matches while Cameron White may also come into the side as a replacement for Michael Clarke who no longer plays T20 cricket at an international level.

While Pakistan will certainly fancy their chances in this opening match, the inclusion of Watson in particular makes the tourists’ line-up even stronger. Watson has developed into a genuine all-rounder at this level and can turn a game with either bat or ball in the space of just a few overs.

The hosts may be stronger in the bowling line-up but some of their batsmen may look a little pedestrian in the 20-over format. That could mean that although they may be slight favourites with some bookmakers, the hopes of a win for Pakistan may rest on that most unpredictable of cricketers – Shahid Afridi.

Our betting tip: Australia to win at 5/6 with Stan James or BetVictor.

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