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Smith to star for Australia yet again? Get Australia vs Pakistan tips

Ben Darvill 10 Jun 2019
Steve Smith of Australia (credit:Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images)

Can Australia get back to winning ways after losing the India last time out, or will Pakistan claim another major scalp at the 2019 World Cup? Read on for our best bets for this World Cup match. 

Australia vs Pakistan Predictions

Australia vs Pakistan Betting Tips 

Three games have come and gone for the two sides with Australia looking in far better shape than their opponents. The Aussies have managed to win two of their opening three and sit in the final semi-final spot after what has been a decent start. A powerful performance saw Australia beat Afghanistan by seven wickets before they came back from an awful start against the West Indies to beat their opponents by 15 runs. However, a fairly comfortable loss to India in their latest match saw the side fall to their first defeat of the campaign, and they will now have to find a way to bounce back from that disappointment as quickly as possible, with another loss something the side simply cannot afford. Pakistan meanwhile were humiliated by the West Indies in their opening game as they were skittled for just 105 runs. However, they were able to immediately hit back with a big win over England as they managed to dispel the demons of their recent series with the side that saw them lose 4-0. Their progress was stunted against Sri Lanka as the game was abandoned without a ball being bowled, and they will also have to find a way to get back to winning ways after disappointment last time out. 

Match Winner 

Australia are massive favourites for victory in this one and it is very easy to see why. The Aussies have looked very good across the tournament and despite losing to India last time out, they seem like a side that will likely make it into the semi-finals of the tournament. Consistency will be key for the side going forward as they look to challenge the likes of England and India, but when things click for the Aussies, they will go big, with their batting lineup in particular an awesome prospect to behold. For Pakistan we feel this will be a game they will struggle in. The pace of Mitchell Starc will likely cause a lot of problems while we worry for their bowling attacking against the likes of David Warner and Steve Smith. The big win against England may have been something of a fluke considering how much they struggled in their series against the side, and we feel they will have to take the anger of the Australian team after their loss to India last time out. Add in the fact that the Aussies have won the last eight ODI’s between the pair along with 14 victories in 15 against the side, it makes us very confident in backing the Aussies. 

To Score A Fifty 

Last time out we backed Steve Smith to bag a fifty against India and that is exactly what he did as he notched a score of 69 to really knit the Australian innings together. His previous outing saw an impressive knock of 73 as he became the foundations on which the Aussie win over the West Indies was built upon. Smith is currently running at an average of 53.33 at the 2019 World Cup and he looks in great touch, while he is averaging 55.67 against Pakistan with two centuries and three half-centuries in 10 innings a superb output. The question will be what role he serves in this match, with the likes of David Warner, Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja all looking to make big scores to get back in true form. If Smith comes in with Australia struggling once again then he will have to dig in and while this is never easy, the middle-order batsman seems to thrive on this as he is able to take his time and build an innings which he has done in both of his last two matches. Smith may also get the chance to bat under less pressure in a more fluent innings if those above him fire. We think that whatever sort of innings Smith has to play, we predict another decent score from the former-captain. 

Australia vs Pakistan Winner Betting Odds

Australia to win: 2/5 @ William Hill

Pakistan to win: 19/10 @ William Hill 

Australia vs Pakistan Last 3 ODI Results

31/3/2019 - Australia (327/7) beat Pakistan (307/7) by 20 runs

29/3/2019 - Australia (277/7) beat Pakistan (271/8)  by 6 runs 

27/3/2019 - Australia (266/6) beat Pakistan (186) by 80 runs 

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