Pakistan is going to face Aussies in a three match T20 International series in Abu Dhabi from tomorrow. Aussies are already in UAE, played their first international game against United Arab Emirates on Sunday, and they won that game comfortably by 7 wickets. Pakistan is coming up with loads of confidence as they have beaten same opposition in the Test Series, and Tri-angular series back in July in Zimbabwe. Moreover if Pakistan wins any single game of the series they will remain number one on the T20 International Teams’ Rankings, if Australia be able to white-wash Pakistan in this particular series, they are going to be crowned number one position of the rankings. Not it is time to dig out some records from this exciting format of the game in between both countries.
Head to Head Pakistan 9 – 7 Australia
Pakistan has an upper hand in playing T20 cricket against each other; recently Pakistan defeated them in the Tri-angular series held in Zimbabwe. Only 1 game ended a tie.
Highest team score for Australia
197 for 7 in 20 overs, is Australia’s top score against Pakistan in full 20 overs game. It was a semifinal of the world T20 game, Australia had to chase this total and eventually they succeed to chase it down, thanks to belligerent knock of Mike Hussey 60 off 24. Also this was the same game in which Mike Hussey had hit Saeed Ajmal out of the park in the last over of innings.
Lowest team score for Australia
In 2012, Aussies were bowled out for just 89 runs in 19.3 overs, when Pakistani bowlers dismantle strong Australian batting line. Sohail Tanveer picked up 3 wickets, while Hafeez, Ajmal, and Raza Hasan picked up 2 wickets each. Pakistan chased down the total in 14.5 overs.
Highest team score for Pakistan
This year, Pakistan’s T20 team in a prime form, they scored their highest score against Aussies on 5th July 2018 at Harare. 194 runs in the first innings of that
game are now the highest score against Australia for Pakistan. Pakistan won the game by 45 runs.
Lowest team score for Pakistan
In 2012 at Dubai, Pakistan was bundled out for 74 runs, while chasing 168. It was because of Starc and Pat Cummins 3 wickets each bowling spells, who didn’t allow Pakistani batting line to shine on that particular day.
Highest Individual score for Australia
81 runs from Shane Watson are the highest individual score for Australia in any T20 International game against Pakistan. He scored these runs in a group match the World T20 Cup 2010 in Caribbean, the game was won by Australia by 34 runs. He hit 7 fours and 4 shots out of the park during this knock.
Highest individual score for Pakistan
Umar Akmal’s 94 are still on the top of the list for Pakistan, he scored these runs in Bangladesh, World T20 game, and the game was won by Pakistan by 16 runs. Umar’s 94 off 54 enabled Pakistan to post 191 runs. Umar also hit 9 fours and 4 sixes in his innings. Fakhar Zaman’s 91 and 73 are on the second and third on the list of highest individual scores for Pakistan.
Most wickets for Australia
Dirk Nannes’ 10 wicket is still holding the number one spot of the most wickets for Australia, he took these 10 wickets in 5 games he played against Pakistan. Starc is on the second with 9 wickets, unfortunately he won’t be playing in this series due to injury. Starc is battling tightness in his left hamstring, while fellow quick Peter Siddle will be held over as back-up for Starc in the upcoming T20 series.
Most wickets for Pakistan
Saeed Ajmal with 19 wickets in 11 games against Australia is the topmost wicket taker against Australia in T20 format. Muhammad Amir with 16 wickets in only 7 games is on the second number, Amir won’t be playing as he is not being picked in the squad.
Most runs conceded in an innings
Mohammad Sami with 54 for 1 and 53 for 0 holds the number 1 and 2 position of the worst bowling spells for any bowler between both countries. Coulter Nile’s 45 for 0 are the worst bowling figures by any Aussie bowler in 2015 at Mohali
Most Runs for Pakistan
Kamran Akmal is leading the Pakistani batting side with 366 runs against Aussies in his 12 games; Umar Akmal with 335 is the second Pakistani who scored the most runs against the same opposition, although both aren’t playing in the team for a while. Malik (230) and Fakhar Zaman (170) have a great chance to reach that position in the upcoming T20I series.
Most Runs for Australia
Shane Watson with 282, Warner with 278 and Mike Hussey with 247 are the top three major scorers against Pakistan in T20 International games, while Aaron finch with 216 sitting at fourth position, who will be eyeing to improve his numbers against Pakistan in upcoming three T20I series.
Pakistan T20I Squad:
Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Sahibzada Farhan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Hussain Talat, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Waqas Maqsood, Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali
Australia T20I Squad:
Aaron Finch(c), Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, D Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Ben McDermott, Peter Siddle.
Pakistan is going to win the series by 2-1 and will remain number one T20 International team on ICC rankings.
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