Australia vs Pakistan, 2019: 2nd Test – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Australia vs Pakistan, 2019: 2nd Test – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Pakistan side expected to bat twice in all likelihood and Aussie bowlers are crucial for this game with the likes of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc expected to serve the Dream11 contest well.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Match Details

The 2nd Test of the two-match series between Australia and Pakistan will be played at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.

The match starts at 1:30 PM local time (9:00 AM IST) (3:30 AM GMT). The match will be live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV.

Preview

Australia and Pakistan face off in the second and final Test at the Adelaide Oval with valuable points on offer as part of the ICC World Test Championship. The first Test didn’t go according to plan for the tourists as they succumbed to an innings defeat. Although the likes of Babar Azam and Naseem Shah did impress with bat and ball respectively, Pakistan wasn’t able to cope against Australia’s pace attack.

As is the case in each summer, Adelaide hosts the iconic Pink Ball Test this time around as well. While this wasn’t the case in 2018, Australia will be eager to make light work of the Pakistan batting unit although they have prior experience with the iconic Pink Ball. Nevertheless, Australia will fancy its chances to win this game as well while a new-look Pakistan looks to make an impact at the expense of the mighty Aussies.

Weather Report

The forecast isn’t great for the first three days with persistent rains on the cards. The temperature will hover around 15 to 20 degrees celsius during the course of the game with a few clouds also expected to make an appearance.


Pitch Report

The Adelaide pitch does provide some pace and swing for the pacers with the pink ball also helping their cause. The last Day/Night Test played at this venue saw relatively high scores in the first scores although the pacers did get their way in the second half. Batsmen should be able to play strokes freely after biding their time initially. Teams will opt to bowl first on this surface with either side looking to make good use of the overlying conditions.

Injury and Availability News:

(Will be shared when there’s an update)

Probable Playing XIs for Dream11 Fantasy

Australia

David Warner, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (C & WK), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

Bench – Michael Neser, Cameron Bancroft

Pakistan

Azhar Ali (C), Shan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq/Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Naseem Shah/Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Yasir Shah, Imran Khan.

Bench – Imam-ul-Haq/Haris Sohail, Abid Ali, Kashif Bhatti, Muhammad Musa, Naseem Shah/Mohammad Abbas


Top Picks:

Although Steve Smith did get out cheaply in the first Test, his record in 2019 is sensational. With 778 runs in five games, Steve Smith leads the run-scorer charts in the Test format. His performances in previous pink ball Tests is also noteworthy heading into this game.

Similarly, Pat Cummins is the world’s number one Test bowlers and has consistently picked with wickets after the new ball spell. He is nearing 50 wickets for the year as he boasts of an average of 18.92. Babar Azam is slowly finding his feet in Test format. Although his Test average reads 36.22, his superlative hundred in the second innings in Brisbane holds him in good stead.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Steve Smith, Babar Azam, Pat Cummins

Vice-Captain – David Warner, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Dream11 Fantasy:

Keeper – Mohammad Rizwan

Batters – Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Steve Smith (C), David Warner, Joe Burns

All-Rounders – Marnus Labuschagne (VC)

Bowlers – Shaheen Afridi, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Dream11 Fantasy:

Keeper – Matthew Wade, Mohammad Rizwan

Batters – Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Steve Smith, David Warner (VC)

All-Rounders – Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head

Bowlers – Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc (C), Mohammad Abbas

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Expert Advice

Pacers are expected to pick the bulk of the wickets in this Test which is why three or more pacers are being preferred in the fantasy team. Josh Hazlewood has an impeccable record at this venue, which makes him a worth-while punt for this game.

With Pakistan side expected to bat twice in all likelihood, Aussie bowlers are crucial for this game with the likes of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc expected to serve the Dream11 contest well.

Probable Winners

Australia is favourites to win this game

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.