Australia will be up against Pakistan in their 2016 World T20 game on Friday. Get the latest Pakistan v Australia betting tips for this World T20 encounter in this piece below.
For Pakistan, their World T20 Tournament Group 2 fixture against Australia on Friday at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali is a must win game if they are to retain any hope of finishing in the top two of the qualifying group and progressing into the semi-finals
Defeats against New Zealand and India, and a win against Bangladesh, has left the Pakistanis with just two points from their three games, two points behind India but with a superior overall run rate. Their positive net run-rate, which stands at +0.254, might yet be decisive if the group ends in a logjam with three sides on four points.
Australia, the 50-over World Champions, arrived in India amongst the favourites to claim the T20 crown, which would be the first time in their history, were they to do so.
However, a defeat to their neighbours and rivals from across the Tasman Sea, New Zealand, has left the Australians in a precarious position. They have managed to collect two points courtesy of a three wicket win against bottom side Bangladesh, but require wins against Pakistan and India in their final qualifying fixtures to be certain of a place in the last four of the competition.
Defeat for the Australians on Friday would not be terminal to their chances of making progress, as they could still scrape through on run rate, if they beat India in their final group clash.
Australia is a team full of talent, especially amongst the batting line up. However, they still appear uncertain what their best line up and order is. A prime example being the selection of Usman Khawaja against Bangladesh in place of the No.1 ranked T20 batsman in the world, Aaron Finch.
As things turned out, Khawaja scored 58 from 45 deliveries, to set his side on the way to a vital win.
Pakistan v Australia head-to-head
Interestingly, these two teams have played each other 13 times and Pakistan are leading 8-5 including a tied game in which defeated Australia.
Pakistan v Australia betting tips for the World T20 2016 match one:
Australia to win with bet365: 5/11
The match begins at 3 pm local time (9.30 am GMT) on Friday, March 25.