Australia's tour of UAE 2018 will switch to T20 mode as they face Pakistan in the first of the three matches at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

Live updates:

Pakistan wins toss, bats first.

Stay tuned for the toss

The game will commence at 8:00 PM Local, 4:00 PM GMT.

The two teams have faced each other in 17 T20Is overall and Pakistan has had the upper hand so far. Australia has won seven games while Pakistan has won nine. One match, back in 2012, was tied but Pakistan won that game via a super over.


PTV Sports live streaming details

PTV Sports channel will be televising the matches live in Pakistan.

PTV Sports also has the digital media rights of the series, so live streaming will be available for particular countries on their online platforms such as Facebook, YouTube.

Fox Sports will be televising the series live in Australia. Foxtel Sports app and website will also provide live streaming of the games to the subscribers.

Pakistan bowlers to face a mighty challenge against the Aussie batters

Australia is coming into this game after an emphatic victory against the United Arab Emirates in a one-off T20I at Abu Dhabi on Monday. Their batting is probably strongest on the paper, with captain Aaron Finch leading from the front.

Australia overall has a pretty balanced unit with all-rounders in the middle along with quality bowlers who can exploit the conditions properly. Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon didn't feature in the game versus UAE, so the experienced duo may come into the side. But it will be interesting to see who is left out if Starc and Lyon come in the side.

Pakistan has some fond memories after beating Australia in the final of the Triangular T20I Series is Zimbabwe recently. Also, the fact that Pakistan is the No.1 T20I team in the ICC rankings should give them a lot of confidence.

According to Cricbuzz, Pakistan will keen on playing Shaheen Afridi. Usman Khan should also find a place in the line-up in place of Mohammad Amir, who has been left out of this series.

Slow-pitch in Abu Dhabi might help the spinner

The pitch in Abu Dhabi has a slow nature to it. Cricbuzz reported that the average first innings score of this wicket is just 139 runs. This indicates that batters might find it difficult to score runs quickly and hence clever partnerships will be key. A late evening start ensures that the players will not have to face the heat of the sun, but humidity will surely be a concern for the players on the outfield.

In another International match today, Bangladesh face Zimbabwe in the 2nd ODI.

Follow the match live here GTV, RabbitholeBD live streaming Bangladesh v Zimbabwe 2nd match at 2 PM.

And India faces West Indies in the 2nd ODI. Follow at India vs WI 2nd ODI Vizak live cricket streaming on Hotstar at 1 PM IST Wednesday