Pakistan and Australia are set to resume their rivalry in Sydney on Sunday, with the five-match series entering in to the final stages.
The hosts, who are flying high after winning the third ODI comfortably in Perth on Thursday to take 2-1 lead, will be looking to finish the series at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), where they haven’t lost a single match against visitors in any format in two decades.
After overall impressive performance in the last match, there are not many changes expected in the fourth ODI. However, considering the traditional pitch of the venue, there is a possibility of leg-spinner Adam Zampa to make a comeback in the playing eleven, and pacer Mitchell Starc is also set to return after resting in the previous match.
The team will be once again depending on captain Smith to deliver with the bat, who is back to his best after scoring a ton and half-century in his last two outings, but the team management will be hoping that explosive opener David Warner will return to form after missing out in three consecutive innings.
For visitors, this is a do or die situation and the team will be eager to put up a much better show than they did at WACA three days ago.
The Men in Green have already received boost ahead of the all-important tie as regular captain Azhar Ali is being declared fit after missing out in previous two matches due to hamstring injury.
His return means there will be no place middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq, who’s career in 50-over format is apparently at cross roads after yet another failure in two outings.
The team will be once again depending on young Babar Azam and veteran Shoaib Malik to provide stability in the middle order, whereas they will also be hoping that Umar Akmal and Mohammad Rizwan will provide much needed fireworks later in the batting order.
Both teams are visiting SCG after a busy season, which means the track is supposed to be on the slower side, and is expected to get slower as the match goes on, whereas weather is expected to stay fine throughout.