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Pakistan win toss, opt to field           

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Pakistan won the toss and chose to field in the clash with Australia in World Cup 2019 at the County Ground, Taunton, today.

With a win in this match, Australia can manage to remain in the top-four on the points table. On the other hand, Pakistan who shared a point with Sri Lanka after Bristol tie was abandoned due to rain on Friday hope rain will not interrupt today’s game.

The weather is expected to play a big role in the Australia-Pakistan encounter as cloudy weather conditions are forecast throughout the day. Though the chances of rain are less in the morning, light showers are expected in the afternoon that could result in interruptions.

Australia face a challenge in replacing injured all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. After claiming two wickets in the match with India, Stoinis suffered a side strain to go out of contention for Pakistan encounter.

Middle-order batsman Shaun Marsh might make a cut if Australia wish to play an extra batsman in place of the all-rounder. However, Kane Richardson comes as another alternative in shape of a complete fast bowler and batting tail-ender.

Pakistan is expected to play an unchanged XI as the match against Sri Lanka was washed out without a ball being bowled in Bristol.

Probable XI:

Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson/Shaun Marsh, Adam Zampa.

Pakistan: Imam-ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt/wk), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Hassan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir.