About the Match
The first ODI between New Zealand and Australia was a thrilling encounter that the hosts just managed to edge out. Can we expect more of the same in the second ODI?
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The Kiwi’s would be thankful that they managed to secure their win in the first ODI but would be mindful that a second string Australian side ran them close. In fact, had Josh Hazelwood not wandered out of his crease at the wrong moment, Marcus Stoinis’s astonishing innings would have got Australia the victory with ease.
New Zealand will go into this match without Martin Guptill, who has been ruled out due to injury. It is a big blow for the team since Guptill is near irreplaceable in this format of the game. His replacement, Dean Brownlie, has played 10 ODI matches before this but failed to impress. His last match was in December 2014 against Pakistan.
It will be interesting to see if Brownlie can make the most of this opportunity in his new role as opener. We think he is unlikely to score more than 20 and would advise backing him to get out under that score.
Neil Broom is continuing in the same vein of form as he displayed against Bangladesh and the fact that he is getting opportunities to score big runs means the top order is not doing its job. Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, and Ross Taylor will want to rectify that in this match.
We think that Latham has displayed good touch and could score some runs, maybe 50 plus, but Ross Taylor is still looking out of sorts.
New Zealand is unlikely to make any more changes to their sides and continue to play Munroe and Neesham at 6 and 7 respectively to give power to their lower order. Munroe did not score too many in the last game, but his immense hitting ability makes him a massive threat in all matches.
The New Zealand bowling started out well with Santner and Ferguson being the standout bowlers in the last match. What would be of concern to them would be the manner in which Stoinis was able to tee-off in the latter stage of the innings.
Expect an improved performance from Boult and Southee at the death, while Ferguson is our pick to take the most wickets in this match for New Zealand.
The top-ranked ODI team in the world is a formidable opponent even if some of their best players are missing. Their performance in the first match, though, was pretty bad. Take Marcus Stoinis’s innings out of that game and everything else was shambles.
Catches were dropped, the top order threw away their wickets, and no one seemed to be willing to buckle down and play out the tough overs.
The bowling was the only decent aspect of Australia’s game thanks to the presence of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood, Patrick Cummins, Faulkner, and Stoinis.
With Travis Head sending down overs regularly in every game as well, we think that one of James Faulkner or Patrick Cummins might make way for Adam Zampa in this game. Cummins has raw pace but has leaked runs while Faulkner’s batting seems to have dropped off in the last few months.
Aaron Finch knows that he is on borrowed time here and is running out of opportunities to press for a Champions Trophy squad position. We think he is likely to come good here, along with Glenn Maxwell, who looked a million dollars before getting out.
Back these two for a 50 plus score, especially if Australia bat first.
Sam Heazlett looked out sorts in the first ODI but will get another chance due to Wade’s absence. This also means that Peter Handscomb will take up the gloves once again. His keeping left a lot to be desired in the first game and possibly affected his batting confidence as well.
We think that Handscomb is going to find that International cricket is not as easy as it seemed to be just a few weeks ago.
Australia’s bowling lineup is strong enough to compensate for any lack of batting talent in their team and they would be a little disappointed about New Zealand getting away from a containable position in the first match.
Mitchell Starc is not finding the swing back into the right-handers like he used to and this has decreased his potency right up front. Hazelwood, on the other hand, is becoming one fo the most consistent ODI bowlers in the world.
We would back him or Pat Cummins (assuming he plays of course) to be the top-wicket taker in this match.
The last match played here was abandoned without a single ball being bowled, and rain is expected to play a part in this game as well. The overcast conditions could mean that a low scoring thriller is in store for us here.
Back Australia to come back strongly and win this one to equalize the series.
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