BRISBANE – Putting behind the Test series debacle, Pakistan are ready to defy their fate in the ODIs as they face Australia Friday in the first game of the five-match ODI series at the Gabba Cricket Ground, Brisbane.
The match will begin at Start time 1320 local (0320 GMT) and 0820 according to PKT.
Pakistan vs Australia First ODI
Pakistan – 176/10 (42.4/50)
Hasan – 1
Wahab – 6 -OUT
Last wicket – (Hasan-8/ b Cummins)
Pakistan need 269 runs to win
Australia – 268/9 (50/50)
Wade – 100*
Stanlake – 1
This over – 0 4 0 0 2 1
Last wicket – Starc (10/Hasan)
Toss: Australia won the toss and opted to bat
Pakistan were outclassed by Australia in all the departments in the Test series, but ODIs is a different ball game with a bunch of players with comparatively aggressive approach than their Test side.
The Green Shirt also stand a chance in this format as the team Australia has many new faces on their side.
The series has its significance for Pakistan team as this will decide their current position in the ICC ODI team ranking.
Pakistan are currently eighth in the list, which is a precarious position for them.
The Green Shirts are at serious risk of failing to qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup. The eight highest-ranked sides as at September 30 this year will earn automatic qualification, while the remainder will be forced to take part in the World Cup Qualifier in Bangladesh in 2018.
Every ODI win in the next nine months is, therefore, critical for Pakistan.
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