Venue Details & Pitch Report - Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

Average First Innings Score at Bengaluru in ODIs since 2011: 301

Batting First vs Batting Second at Bengaluru in ODIs since 2011: Win Bat 1st - 50%, Win Bat 2nd - 50%

AUS-PAK Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list in ODIs: Steve Smith(7), David Warner(10)

AUS-PAK Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list in ODIs: None

Ground Dimensions: The venue has straight boundaries (72m) and short square boundaries (62m, 63m). ThirdMan-CowCorner (58m, 70m) and FineLeg-DeepExtraCover (54m, 71m).

Pitch Report: The team that wins the toss will look to bowl first, as chasing is relatively easier at this venue. The Pacers will get some assistance in the powerplay, especially in the first innings and they have a good chance to pick up wickets at the death as well. Spinners have been more economical than the Pacers at this venue recently.

Predicted Playing XI - Australia vs Pakistan, Match 18, World Cup 2023

Australia: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins (C), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

        Bench: Travis Head, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott 

Pakistan: Imam ul Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf 

                Bench: Fakhar Zaman, Agha Salman, Mohammed Wasim, Usama Mir

Fantasy Notes (AUSTRALIA) - Australia vs Pakistan, Match 18, World Cup 2023 Prediction


Relevant Numbers of Australia players vs Pakistan in ODIs:

David Warner 1367652/931/3N/AN/AN/A
Steven Smith1151151/843/2N/AN/AN/A
Mitchell Marsh        
Marnus Labuschagne38829/941/0N/AN/AN/A
Alex Carey716527/892/0N/AN/AN/A
Travis Head846066/1122/28644/5.7
Marcus Stoinis611018/920/07349/6.1
Glenn Maxwell1673552/1257/013951/5.6
Josh Inglis    N/AN/AN/A
Josh Hazlewood    51121/4.6
Mitchell Starc    102318/4.6
Adam Zampa    101731/5.5
Pat Cummins    71322/4.4
Sean Abbott       
Cameron Green37939/900/030 

Points to Consider

  • Australian top order needs to be wary of Shaheen Afridi's left-arm pace threat with the new ball as well. M Marsh vs L-Pace since 2022: Inns - 5, Outs - 3, Avg/SR - 21/129 (low sample). Warner has had issues against this bowling type in the limited-overs in recent years as well. If an early wicket falls, Steve Smith can be vulnerable in this phase.
  • At the same time, the short square boundaries at Bengaluru should be more of an advantage for the batters once the early threat with the new ball has passed.
  • Glenn Maxwell with the bat vs Pakistan in ODIs: Inns - 16, Runs - 735, Avg - 52.5, SR - 125, 50s - 7; When these two sides faced each other in the warm-up match, Maxwell scored 77 runs and the added factor of playing at Chinnaswamy where he has experience of playing with RCB during IPL. There will be some assistance for spinners during the Day as well,  this makes him an excellent C/VC pick in this match.
  • If Australia bats first and manages to put a big total on board, their wrist spinner, Adam Zampa will become an important pick. Back him as a differential pick in the second innings as he can find himself in the wickets due to the scoreboard pressure on the chasing team.

Fantasy Notes (PAKISTAN) - Australia vs Pakistan, Match 18, World Cup 2023 Prediction


Relevant Numbers of Pakistan players in ODIs against Australia:

Babar Azam958873/922/3N/AN/AN/A
Mohammad Rizwan1031535/850/2N/AN/AN/A
Fakhar Zaman410225/1051/0N/AN/AN/A
Iftikhar Ahmed       
Agha Salman       
Shadab Khan       
Mohammad Nawaz       
Saud Shakeel       
Shaheen Afridi    3822/6.1
Haris Rauf    3528/5.2
Mohammad Wasim611423/521/03531/5.5
Abdullah Shafique       
Hasan Ali    71333/6.8
Usama Mir       

Points to Consider

  • Imam-ul-Haq vs Express Pace in ODIs since 2022: Inns - 6, Outs - 3, Balls - 75, Avg - 17 [Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins powerplay threat]
  • Mohammad Rizwan vs Wrist Spin since 2022: Inns - 14, Outs - 5, Balls - 141, Avg - 23.8 [Adam Zampa threat]
  • Iftikhar Ahmed, who is selected in only 17% of the teams is largely ignored. If Australia manages to make a few early breakthroughs, he will get a good opportunity to bat. Given the short dimensions of the venue, a batter with his attributes will be expected to take advantage of this and clear the boundaries. 
  • With a number of right-handers in the opposition, you can consider Mohammad Nawaz as a differential pick, especially during the Day. His lower-order batting value provides an added fantasy value as well.
  • Hasan Ali has picked up 13 wickets in 7 matches against Australia and the Australians are likely to target him as the weakest link among the pace trio. This can create an opportunity for him to pick up wickets, with catches at the boundary. Additionally, he has picked up 7 wickets in 3 World Cup 2023 matches so far. Try him as a punt pick for this match.  

Fantasy XI - Australia vs Pakistan, Match 18, World Cup 2023 Prediction

WK: Mohammad Rizwan

BAT: Babar Azam, David Warner, Steven Smith

AR: Glenn Maxwell, Iftikhar Ahmed

BOWL: Shaheen Afridi, Mitchell Starc, Haris Rauf, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

C/VC: Glenn Maxwell, Babar Azam

Differentials: Iftikhar Ahmed (17%), Marnus Labuschagne (44%), Mohammad Nawaz (20%)

C/VC Alternatives: Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc

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