Date: October 30, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Preview: The Match 26 of T20 World Cup 2021 is one the most anticipated encounters as big teams Australia and England lock horns in the game. Both teams are unbeaten in the tournament so far, registering two back-to-back wins. This game is more likely to decide which of them would top the Group 1 table as the winner of the game is more likely to finish at the top spot.
Pitch Report: Dubai offers a balanced track. Batting is comparatively a bit tough in the first innings, while in the second innings, it becomes a bit easier to score runs. Dew plays a big role in the games that take place at night. Hence, the chasing team will have an advantage over the other.
England: Their opener Jason Roy is coming on the back of a sensational fifty against Bangladesh, while it seems his partner Jos Buttler has not found his rhythm so far. The middle-order hasn’t made a remarkable contribution so far. In the bowling department, Moeen Ali, Tymal Mills and Chris Woakes have been the consistent performers. Meanwhile, the batting form of Moeen is yet to be tested properly as he has got just one opportunity to bat so far.
Australia: After the failure in the first game, their openers bounced back beautifully in the second game. What would please the side most is the fact that David Warner has now found his name in the scorers’ list, courtesy his amazing fifty in the match against Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, Adam Zampa has been the bowler for the side who has stood apart in the first two games. Saying so, the contributions of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood cannot be ignored. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are yet to give a match-winning performance.
England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills, David Willey, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Tom Curran
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Inglis
Conclusion: Since both the teams are strong enough to chase down any total that with dew coming into effect, the team that bats second is more likely to win the game. Considering that the toss winning captain would opt to bowl first, the coin flip in Dubai will decide the winner; the one who wins the toss wins the game.
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