If it were not for the patience of Usman Khawaja, the tour of the United Arab Emirates through Australia would have been considered part of the car accident that turned out to be since then. From their heroic acts in the first test, Australia has been shown to be as below normal as they usually are when they have reached the Asian coasts in recent times.
This time could not have been very different, particularly since they arrived with a weakened side for reasons that everyone knows by now.
But Justin Langer, and those who are higher up in the hierarchy below, will be alarmed by the lack of fight shown by their side in the format that possibly gave them the best chance to be competitive. Of course, it is true that Pakistan He has had an unlikely career in the T20I cricket for the past two years, but this very Australian team faced them in Zimbabwe just a few months ago. You would not have guessed by the lameness that they offered on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, especially in the Powerplay, where six Australian windows fell and killed the game. Of those six, only one did not fall into the category of "gift", so it was abysmal selection of shots and decision making.
Aaron Finch rightly criticized his team's performance after the game, calling it "embarrassing". , but even the doctor specializing in gyrations could not have come to an evaluation very different from that of the captain of Australia. Australia knows that it can perform much better than it did, and its effort in the field had much in its favor. Andrew Tye and Billy Stanlake played particularly well and never let Pakistan lose the lead, and their collective figures of 8-0-45-6 on the day rarely ended up on the wrong side of a beating.
They would be frustrated to see everything lost in the battering chaos that followed.
But at the same time, Pakistan knows that they can also play much better. On the way to 180 towards the end of their innings, Pakistan experienced a dramatic collapse of its own that seemed to be at a stage to be decisive for the outcome of the match. Five windows were lost in ten balls for three races, and there were only three lush blows by Hasan Ali in the final, which led to more than 150. With an intermediate order that is ready to welcome Shoaib Malik, Pakistan will have an ideal anchor. the later ones to avoid the type of sliding that almost costs them in the first game. Their bowls, although excellent, were barely tested, and will be eager to take advantage.
Shadab Khan was peripheral to the victory of Pakistan in the first T20I, which is not a word one would use to describe the 20-year-old too often. That is for a good reason; It has been a big part of the T20I form of Pakistan since it burst into the limelight with three and four windows in its first two T20I, and since then it has become one of the best bowlers with limited turns in the world. Its economy rate – 6.61 – is exceptional, and has developed smoothly in the shortest format only four times in 24 entries. However, since he opened the two games, he has never been able to take windows in groups and has not taken more than two windows in a game. It is not an apparent reason, and it seems that the change of position is due to another day in the center of attention. It could simply be tomorrow.
A higher order comprising D & # 39; Arcy Short Aaron Finch Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn does not feel too comfortable with the perception that Australia It has been forced to deploy a weakened T20I side. The quartet is the envy of the T20 franchises around the world, and the pride and joy of those lucky enough to claim their services. Their attack rates in the T20I are 131, 160, 160 and 134 respectively, but they will not help if the four are back in the pavilion long before the Powerplay takes place. That was the case yesterday, but Australia should expect a better presentation with an order like that. These players have played for teams from around the world, and although none of them have played franchise cricket in the UAE, the performances in the next two games could see that change as soon as Pakistan's Super League next year .
Team news  The availability of Shoaib Malik means that Pakistan is likely to make at least one change, but is still unsure of whom it will turn to. Pakistan did not need the bowling services of Hussain Talat or Mohammad Hafeez in Abu Dhabi, and those two could be among the most likely to sit down.
Pakistan: 1 Babar Azam, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Asif Ali, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 7 Faheem Ashraf, 8 Imad Wasim, 9 Shadab Khan, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Shaheen Afridi
Aaron Finch said there could be a series of changes after the disappointing performance on Wednesday, so the Australian lineup is a guess.
Australia (possible): 1 Aaron Finch, 2 D & # 39; Arcy Short, 3 Chris Lynn, 4 Ben McDermott / Mitchell Marsh, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Alex Carey (week), 7 Ashton Agar, 8 Nathan Coulter- Nile, 9 Adam Zampa, 10 Andrew Tye, 11 Billy Stanlake
Tuning and conditions
Dubai has traditionally seen higher scores than Abu Dhabi, and under the lights Tomorrow, hitting first may not be an uncomfortable prospect. The weather, like Abu Dhabi, will be warm and dry.
Statistics and trivia
The Dubai International Stadium has not organized an international match between two Full Members since September 2016, when the West Indies faced Pakistan. Pakistan has a mixed record in the field, with 10 wins and 10 losses. The only draw here was in a match between Pakistan and Australia, where Pakistan won the Super Over.
Five of the top ten scorers of T20I for Pakistan are in the squad for this series. Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed and Fakhar Zaman are expected to play tomorrow.
D & # 39; Arcy Short has reached double figures in 10 consecutive T20I before the Abu Dhabi T20I. His only other number in his career came on his debut, when he was sent off for 4 against New Zealand.