Pakistan, Australia aim to clinch series as decider match today 

By: News Desk
Published: 09:25 AM, 2 Apr, 2022
Pakistan, Australia aim to clinch series as decider match today 
Caption: Pakistan's Haris Rauf (R) celebrates with teammate Mohammad Wasim after taking the wicket of Australia's Marnus Labuschagne (not pictured) during the third and final one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Pakistan and Australia at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore.
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Pakistan and Australia fans are expecting another high scoring and high voltage contest as both teams are going to collide in the series decider match today at Qaddafi Stadium Lahore, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

A series win will help Pakistan move up the Super League table, where they had been languishing below the qualification mark.

Pakistan (possible): 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Khushdil Shah, 8 Mohammad Wasim, 9 Haris Rauf, 10 Zahid Mahmood, 11 Shaheen Shah Afridi

Matt Renshaw's isolation period will be over by the time of the third ODI, but at the moment, there appears little need to tinker with the Australia top order. With availability elsewhere limited, Australia going in unchanged would not surprise.

Australia (possible): 1 Aaron Finch (capt), 2 Travis Head, 3 Ben McDermott, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Cameron Green, 7 Alex Carey (wk), 8 Sean Abbott, 9 Nathan Ellis, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Mitchell Swepson

It's expected to be another blazingly hot afternoon in Lahore, which should give way to cooler weather as the evening draws in. Expect another batting-friendly surface.

Babar scored his 15th ODI hundred in the previous game. He got to that feat in 83 innings, the fastest in the format. Hashim Amla (86) drops down to second place in that list.

 Australia last lost a bilateral multi-game ODI series against Pakistan in 2002, having won six on the bounce since then. On that occasion, Pakistan lost the first game to come back and win the following two.

PCB related the video of the dressing room when Pakistan went after the record ODI chase. The crowd, the drama, the thrill!