The third ODI between Australia and Pakistan is on tomorrow at Perth. Australia won the second ODI, while Pakistan gained parity with a win in the second ODI. The pitch at Perth does not have its usual bounce and pace. Still, it offers good bounce for fast bowlers in the limited overs format. Those who can maintain good line and length and bowl fast can reap rich rewards. Australia must start favourites for Perth, considering their good knowledge of the home conditions. However, Pakistan should not be kept out of cricket betting calculations.
Preview – Australia
Australia will be without Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Marsh and Adam Zampa. Starc has been rested and Marsh has been injured. Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood bowled well in the second ODI. They looked sharp and pacey. They will have fast-bowling all-rounder Marcus Stoinis for company, who is likely to make his debut.
Australia’s chance of winning depends on their batsmen. Their top-order failed in the first two matches. It is time they woke up and made themselves count. The pitch at WACA must help stroke-makers like David Warner. If Australia’s top order clicks, that will be it for Pakistan.
Preview – Pakistan
Pakistan have the bowling to win match in these conditions. However, their batting could prove inadequate for these conditions. They are likely to follow the same template as the first two ODIs. Bowl first, restrict Australia to a modest total and chase down the target. The plan could go wrong in Perth, especially if the Australian top order survives the first 15 overs. If Australia scores a score in the region of 300, the Pakistani batsmen could struggle to chase it down.
More than anything, the conditions are suitable for the Australian style of play. That should swing the odds of cricket betting in Australia’s favour.
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