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Australia and New Zealand were in their retro jerseys and it was fitting that we saw a retro style 50 over contest be played out. A total of just over 250 resulted in a massive 71 runs win for Australia. The second match is also scheduled to be played at the SCG and so we could have some more attritional cricket in store.
The coronavirus has wrecked cricket calendars around the globe but as of now, the ODI series between Australia and New Zealand is set to continue without any spectators being allowed in the stadiums. The Chappell-Hadlee Trophy 2020 has already been pretty eventful because of events off the field and we hope the cricket will soon grab the headlines as well.
Australia vs New Zealand 2nd ODI 2020 is going to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney on the 15th of March 2020.
A superb opening partnership between David Warner and Aaron Finch laid the foundation for Australia’s win in the opening ODI of the series. There were a couple of things that made a very big difference in the end. The first was the toss. Australia won the toss and had the better of the conditions by far.
That could easily have gone the other way.
The other was the missed review by New Zealand when Finch was yet to get off the mark. That was a self-inflicted blow that ended up being very costly in the end.
Australia ended up winning by 71 runs but the difference between the sides was not too big. Australia’s batting fought well and got to a defendable total while the bowlers adapted to the conditions beautifully.
Pat Cummins bowled his eight overs for just 25 runs and took three wickets. He even bowled two maidens to show the kind of stranglehold he had on the batsmen. Mitchell marsh bowled some cutters to end with three wickets as well while Adam Zampa bowled the ball of the match when he got Williamson with a googly.
We don’t often see too many variations from Adam Zampa but if he can develop an effective googly then he is going to be a lot more dangerous in the time to come.
Overall, Australia’s bowling superiority was clear and that is not going to change in the series.
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A few missed opportunities are something that New Zealand will regret from this match but the end result is not something that any of the players would dispute. New Zealand deserved to lose the first match even though the margin may have been a bit lesser.
New Zealand’s batting struggled in the slow conditions and against some brilliant Australian bowling. A bit more initiative at the top of the order is something that is necessary for New Zealand to be able to win the next match. If the batsmen just allow Starc, hazelwood, and the others to bowl then they are never going to be able to get on top of them.
Martin Guptill has traditionally struggled in slow conditions and that is something we might see in the second match as well. Good players of spin like Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, and Tom Latham are the batsmen that we think could have a big impact for New Zealand in the match.
The bowling was pretty good without being spectacular. Lockie Ferguson bowled with a lot of pace but perhaps misread the conditions a bit. He was too short for a lot of the time and that gave away some runs-scoring opportunities to the Australians.
Trent Boult was tidy but could not get any wickets and that would be disappointing. He is New Zealand’s best bowler and he must get the early breakthroughs. James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, and Ish Sodhi were underwhelming. Sodhi may have picked up three wickets but he was too erratic to be effective for large periods of time.
Mitch Santner was the bowler of the match for New Zealand and will have another very big role to play in the second match.
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The team that wins the toss is going to want to bat first. Winning the toss should be seen as a big advantage and be taken into consideration while placing your bets.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
There is a 30% chance of rain forecast for most of the match day in Sydney. That means we could have some interruptions and even a reduction in the number of overs. The rain will also make the outfield heavy and slower than it was in the first match.
Add that to the slow pitch, unlikely to change for the second match, and you have even tougher run-scoring conditions.
A score of around 250 is going to be pretty tough to chase down in such conditions.
Australia has a lot of depth in its side and showed the right kind of adaptability in the first match. There are so many world-class players in its side that betting against them is just too risky for our liking. The superiority of the Australian bowling should be enough to tip the scales in its favor once more. If New Zealand wins the toss then maybe a hedge is advisable otherwise stick with the home team.
Bet on Australia to win.
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