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Pakistan will play against 5-time champions Australia in the 17th Cricket World match at County Ground, Taunton today.  Australia took off to a substantial start to their World Cup battle, defeating Afghanistan by 7 wickets and then edging the Windies out for just fifteen runs.

On the other hand, Pakistan failed in their opening battle to the West Indies by 7 wickets however recovered as they defeat hosts by fourteen runs. For Pakistan, class spinners like Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan are supposed to add quality to a mighty bowling attack. For a win versus the Aussies, quick wickets from the bowlers are a necessity. 

In the batting division, players like Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, and Sarfaraz Ahmed will be important in supporting the side put up a great score on the board.

On the other hand, defending champions Australia has the benefit of having world-class bowling unite and quality all-rounders. Glen Maxwell and Travis Head add enormous stability to the team.

Australia’s Mitchell Starc, second left, raises the ball after claiming yet another five-wicket-haul. Photo: AFP

AUS-PAK ODI stats:

Head to head matches: 103

AUS won: 67

PAK won: 32

Tied: 1

No result: 3

Highest total: 369/7 by Australia in 2017

Lowest total: 108 by Pakistan in 2002

Most runs: RT Ponting (AUS), 1107 runs in 35 matches

Most wickets: Wasim Akram (PAK), 67 wickets in 49 matches played