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A streak of 10 consecutive victories came to an end when Australia tasted defeat at the hands of India. It also broke Australia’s record of 19 back to back wins batting second in the WCs since 1999! And Pakistan, well their win against England was nothing short of a record for them. Having lost against Afghanistan (warm up game) & West Indies, Pakistan showed great character and produced a brilliant performance to overcome the home team.
But what makes this encounter between Australia & Pakistan special is the result of the recent bilateral series between the two nations. Pakistan were whitewashed 5-0 by Australia and that will surely play some role in the minds of the players. We can definitely expect a good contest unless someone interrupts, you know who!
Weather & Pitch report:
Many parts of UK have been receiving rainfall for sometime now and Taunton is no exception. We may have overcast conditions but let’s hope rain doesn’t play spoilsport. Early indications show that the pitch may assist pace and bounce.
Probable Playing XI:
Australia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir