Australia vs Pakistan: Statistical preview, pitch report and timing
Australia face Pakistan in match number 17 of the ICC World Cup 2019 on Wednesday. Pakistan saw their last game get washed out, whereas, Australia were beaten by heavyweights India at The Oval. This is expected to be a big battle on offer. Here we present the readers with a complete statistical preview.
Head-to-head records between the two sides
The two teams have faced each other on nine occasions in the World Cup. Aussies have pocketed five wins, whereas, Pakistan have won four. Their last meeting was during the 2015 World Cup. Australia won that match by six wickets. Overall, the two sides have met in 103 ODIs. Australia have a significant lead (67-32). One game was tied. Three didn't have any results.
Top run-scorers of Australia and Pakistan in World Cups
Ricky Ponting has scored the most runs for Australia in the World Cup (1,743). Ponting slammed five hundreds and six fifties at an average of 45.86. He is the second highest run-scorer in the World Cup. For Pakistan, Javed Miandad notched the most runs in the World Cup (1,083) between 1975 to 1996 in 30 innings. He smashed one ton and eight half-centuries.
Top wicket-takers from Australia and Pakistan in World Cup
Aussie legend Glenn McGrath is the top wicket-taker for Australia in the Cricket World Cup. The legendary pacer is also the all-time leader in terms of the wickets taken in World Cup. For Pakistan, Wasim Akram leads the show with 55 World Cup scalps. Akram has the third highest wickets in the World Cup. He averaged 23.83 between 1987-2003 and took one five-wicket haul.
Taunton: A look at the ground stats
Sourav Ganguly has the highest runs at this venue (183). This is also the highest individual score here. India's 373/6 versus Sri Lanka in 1999 is the highest team total recorded at this venue. Afghanistan's 172 against New Zealand in CWC 19 is the lowest score. Jimmy Neesham and Robin Singh (5/31) have the joint-best bowling figures here.
Pitch report, timing and TV listing
According to reports, rainfall is expected on Wednesday and that could see the game get shortened. With overcast conditions on offer, the pitch is expected have assistance for fast bowlers early in the day. We might see both captains wanting to field first. The match is set to start at 3:00 PM IST. One can watch it on the Star Sports Network.