Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test Match Predictions
- Date: October 16 – October 20, 2018
- Time: 7:00 pm
- Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Our Prediction: Pakistan is favourites to win the 2nd Test Match
Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed may have surely taken the last Test’s draw as a loss as few would have given Australians the chance to bat four and half sessions to save the Test match on a wicket that was offering turn and bounce. His decision to hold back Mohammad Hafeez when two left handers were batting surprised many. The skipper was waiting for things to happen rather than push for them which surely cost them the game. But he would have been impressed with the performance of his batsmen as well as the bowlers in the first innings who almost put the game in his bag. Ahmed would hope the team doesn’t let the opportunity slip by their hands in Abu Dhabi and they emerge victorious in the Test Match and also grab the series.
In the batting department opener Imam-ul-Haq batted well in both the innings but it was the veteran and comeback man Mohammad Hafeez who stole the show with a great hundred in the first innings. Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq batted well in both the innings and looked solid in the middle order. Azhar Ali missed out on a good batting wicket and would look to make amends in this game. In terms of bowling Mohammad Abbas was in good rhythm but it was debutant off-break bowler Bilal Asif who impressed everyone with his flight and length. Yasir Shah who didn’t look in shape in the first innings came back strongly in the second innings. It is the combination of Shah and Asif who will have to apply the same pressure on the Aussie batsmen in the next game.
Aussie skipper Tim Paine would have been impressed with the way his team especially Usman Khawaja played in the fourth innings to save the Test Match. But that said he would know that there are many issues that the team would have to work on ahead of the second test. The first innings batting collapse where they lost 10 wickets for merely 60 runs after a solid start would worry him more than anything else. It was a typical sub-continental choke applied by the Pakistanis and the Australians seemed clueless to get out of it. The bowling especially the performance of his spinners would have disappointed him as they failed to make use of the conditions. To defeat Pakistan in these conditions they would have to play better than what we have seen in the 1st Test Match.
In terms of batting Australian openers did the team proud Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja scoring nearly 60% of the total runs scored in the two innings. Khawaja’s fighting hundred in the last innings would definitely be taught as an example to Australian kids for years to come. But other batsmen miserably failed in the 1st innings. The Marsh brothers Shaun and Mitchell had a bad day while skipper Paine and Travis Head batted well in the second innings. On the bowling front Mitchell Starc bowled brilliantly on a pitch where there was nothing for him. Jon Holland did well to support Nathan Lyon who had a bad test match and would look to improve upon his performance as he holds the key to success on these turning tracks.
Australians plays hard brand of cricket when the chips are down but given the relative inexperience in the batting order and vulnerability against spin Pakistan would start as favourites to win the
Our Prediction for Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test
Pakistan is favourites to win the 2nd Test Match
In a drawn Test Match while the honours are shared between the two teams one of those leaves the field with a sense of achievement. In the 1st Test Match at Dubai the Australian team would have surely left the field as a happier having batted 142 overs to save the game where a Pakistani win on a turning Asian minefield was almost certain at the close of play at Day 4. Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed would have been devastated not having been able to bundle out the visitors with the spin web as they had done in the first innings. Now as the action moves to Abu Dhabi both the sides would want to win the game and we should have a great game on our hands.