Australia, the five-time champions, will take on Pakistan in Match 18 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 on October 20 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, India. The match will start at 2:00 PM IST. Both Australia and Pakistan have faced contrasting starts to their campaigns so far. The Aussies have lost two of their three matches, while Pakistan’s two-match winning streak was halted by a seven-wicket loss to arch-rivals India. Australia has played three matches in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Pat Cummins and Co. are currently seventh in the table with two points, having won just one of their three matches. Pakistan, meanwhile, are fourth on the points table with two wins from three matches.
AUS vs PAK pitch report
The wicket at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru favors the batters. The average first innings score in the last 10 matches at this stadium is 313.
AUS vs PAK weather report
The temperature at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru is expected to be 27.2 degrees Celsius with 48% humidity.
AUS vs PAK squadrons
Australia: David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Sean Abbott, Alex Carey (wk), Josh Inglis (wk), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins ( C)
Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Haris (wk), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Abrar Ahmed, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Usama Mir and Zaman Khan
AUS vs PAK top players
Marnus Labuschagne: Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne has scored 113 runs in 3 matches in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. The right-handed batsman has scored runs at an average of 37.67 and has a strike rate of 64.57. He top scored with 46 in his team’s 134-run loss to South Africa. In the next match against Sri Lanka, Marnus Labuschagne scored 40 in his side’s five-wicket win.
Mohammad Rizwan: Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan has scored 248 runs in 3 matches and is the team’s number one run-scorer in this edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup. The wicketkeeper-batsman has amassed runs at a strike rate of 93.58 and an average of 124. Mohammad Rizwan started the campaign with a strike of 68 in a win over Netherlands. He followed it up with an innings of 131 against Sri Lanka and 49 against arch-rivals India.
Mitchell Starc: The Australian pace bowler has collected 5 wickets in 3 matches at an average of 25.40 in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. The left-arm bowler recorded a career-best 2/43 in his team’s victory with five wickets Sri Lanka. Mitchell Starc was also among the wickets against India (1/31) and South Africa (2/53), albeit in defeats.
Hasan Ali: The Pakistan bowler has collected 7 wickets in 3 matches at an average of 19.71 in this edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup. The right-arm bowler posted figures of 4/71 in his team’s six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka.
The head-to-head record between Australia and Pakistan in ODIs
Australia and Pakistan have played each other 107 times in ODIs. While Australia have won 69 matches, their rivals have emerged victorious on 34 occasions. Meanwhile, one match ended in a draw.
In the last five ODI matches, Australia have won thrice while Pakistan emerged victorious twice. The highest score in these five matches is 349 by Pakistan while the lowest score is 210 by Australia.
ODI records of Australia vs Pakistan
Highest score: Australia recorded a score of 434/4 against South Africa in 2006, which is the highest score in ODIs. Ricky Ponting scored a ton to guide Australia to their record total. However, the Proteas riding on Herschelle Gibbs’ 175 passed the target by one wicket.
Pakistan posted 399/1 in 50 overs against Zimbabwe in 2018 for their highest ODI team total.
Lowest score: Australia achieved 70/10 against New Zealand in 1986. It remains Australia’s lowest team total in an ODI match.
Pakistan made 43 against West Indies in 1993 for their lowest team score.
Average score: Australia’s average score in the Australia-Pakistan ODIs is 229, while Pakistan’s is 219 runs.
Australia vs Pakistan Prediction
The Australia-Pakistan clash is always a high-octane encounter. However, with current form, Pakistan have a slight advantage going into the match.
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