On Thursday, January 26, Australia will host Pakistan in the second T20I of the three-match series at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. After
On Thursday, January 26, Australia will host Pakistan in the second T20I of the three-match series at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. After a convincing victory in the first T20I, the Aussies will be soaring high, seeking to seal the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead. Pakistan will aim to defeat the Women in Yellow and even the series. Australia won the opening game by eight wickets, chasing down a meagre 119-run total with 86 balls to spare. Megan Schutt, who had been out of form during the India series, regained her form and returned with a five-wicket haul. She had 5/15 numbers in her four-over spell, which helped Australia limit Pakistan to mere 118 runs in their 20 overs.
In recent times, the Women in Yellow have been in excellent form in the shortest version of the game, defeating India 4-1 in their previous T20I series. They will try to extend their winning streak in the T20s when they face Pakistan Women, who they have a strong head-to-head record against. Meanwhile, Pakistan Women, who are now ranked eighth in the Women’s T20I rankings, are on a losing streak. They come into this series having lost their previous series against Ireland. The visitors will now face the top-ranked team away from home as underdogs in this series. Unless Pakistan comes up with a surprise, Australia will be the clear favourite to win this match and the series.
Hobart’s pitch is usually good for batting because it has an even bounce and is flat. The pacers will be a threat in the first few overs and will be essential with the new ball. The batters will benefit from the fast outfield on this surface. The teams chasing have done exceptionally well in recent games on this soil, therefore the skipper who wins the toss may choose to chase.
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|Known as||Blundstone Arena|
|Dimensions||175m long, 135.5m wide|
|Ends||Church Street End, River End|
|Time Zone||UTC +11:00|
Beth Mooney (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Grace Harris, Annabel Sutherland, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
Muneeba Ali (wk), Javeria Khan, Bismah Maroof (c), Nida Dar, Sadaf Shamas, Omaima Sohail, Ayesha Naseem, Fatima Sana, Tuba Hassan, Aiman Anwer, Sadia Iqbal