About the Match
New Zealand registered a massive victory against hosts India to keep their winning spree going; they have 2 points and placed second in Group A close behind Pakistan. The Kiwis will now take on Australia in the upcoming match on 18th March at Dharamsala to take their campaign ahead; the Aussies will be playing their first match here and will fight hard to start the tournament on a winning note. The two teams are equally matched in terms of batting and bowling performances; a contest between these two sides comes with added tension and we will surely see some fireworks on Friday.
Steven Smith will lead the side confidently as he has done ever since he took charge as the captain; with players like David Warner and Aaron Finch in the top-order, the Aussies will definitely try to build strong foundations with the bat. Usman Khawaja has been performing very well in recent outings and can be instrumental to steady the innings; with all-rounders like Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson in the squad, Australia can surely pack a punch on the field.
The bowling team consists of seamers like James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Andrew Tye, John Hastings and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who can demolish opponents at will. The spin department will see Adam Zampa, Maxwell, Ashton Agar and part-timers like Warner bringing in their skills to the table. They have good depth and variety in their attack and will be eager to exploit the conditions here to outwit the Kiwis.
With the batsmen being in good form and the bowlers geared up to wreak havoc on New Zealand, Australia definitely looks like a formidable force to reckon with
A stunning performance by the spinners helped them dominate over the Indians in the first match and register victory by a massive 47 runs. Although the batsmen were outsmarted by the Indian attack, the bowlers stuck to basics and came right on top against an over-confident opposition. Choosing to bat first, Kane Williamson and others in the batting line-up failed to build partnerships and could muster only 126 runs, which came mainly from Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi and others in the lower middle order.
Defending a low total, the Kiwis strategized well against the Indian top-order; Mitchell Santner put up a superb effort as he took 4-11 and annihilated the opposition. Ish Sodhi was brilliant as he outwitted the hosts with his disguised spins and took 3-18 while Nathan McCullum supported well by taking 2 key wickets in an economical way.
Their decision to use three spinners instead of established pacemen like Trent Boult and Tim Southee paid off for the team against India; it needs to be seen what their strategy would be against arch-rivals Australia. They have done well to continue their winning spree against India but will need to stay focused on dismissing the Aussie batsmen, who can prove to be lethal in suitable conditions.
New Zealand has kick-started its campaign on a winning note and will be eager to continue with their winning momentum; however, Australia can prove to be a tough challenge and with their experienced players, look better equipped to emerge victorious on Friday.