It’s constantly raining here. You should be fortunate that you got to witness Australia vs Pakistan match. India’s match may not take place. As an Indian fan, you should be happy that Pakistan lost the match against Australia.
Wahab Riaz and Sarfaraz Ahmed could have won it for Pakistan. Aaron Finch and David Warner played brilliantly but after that Mohammad Amir took five wickets conceding just 30 runs. He brought Pakistan back into the match. 307 all out. It was an achievable total for Pakistan.
Fakhar Zaman got out for zero but Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq had a proper partnership. Then, Mohammad Hafeez got some runs and at the end, Wahab Riaz and Sarfaraz Ahmed brought Pakistan close. But the 30-40 runs make all the difference.
Pakistan did win the Champions Trophy 2017, but they are not consistent enough. Australia did lose to India but except that they have won their last 11 matches. They have a habit of winning. They have depth in their squad and they know what to do during crunch situations.
Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson bowled brilliantly. The depth in Australia’s squad is amazing. Jason Behrendoff is still sitting out, Adam Zampa didn’t play this match. The balance in the Aussie squad will take them forward.
So, my prediction is Australia, India, England and perhaps New Zealand or West Indies will reach the semis and Pakistan will not make it through.
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