About the Match
Having lost their previous game, the defending champions, Australia would be looking to bounce back in the game against their neighbors, New Zealand on June 12, 2013 at Birmingham. The two neighbors have plenty of concerns with most of them being similar. A loss for Australia would mean that England would have to lose both their remaining matches and the winning margins to fall in right place for them to qualify. If New Zealand loses this, the standing in Group B would almost even out with plenty left to play in their next respective games.
Although Australia has won four of their last five ODIs, their recent record isn’t convincing at all. After losing the Test series in India, they were expected to bounce back in this ICC even which didn’t happen. They were crushed by India in their second practice game only reflecting their batting form. Against England, in their first group game, they bowled well, but their batting collapsed again. David Warner has been their worry and his innings would be crucial if Australia has to post big total. Michael Clarke has been injured and there is no one in the middle order experience enough to provide stability apart from skipper George Bailey. Their bowling has done well consistently and it would be difficult to beat them if Watson and company get going.
Just contrary to Australia, the Kiwis have performed beyond expectations and would be looking to carry their form forward. They won the ODI series here in England against hosts and won their first game too. Their batting is not as dependable as they’d like, but it is full of match winners like Martin Guptill, Brendon Mcullum and Ross Taylor. Their batting didn’t click in the last game and they the target of 139 seemed to be more than 300. Daniel Vettori’s injury is concerning and Colin Munro might step into his shoes. They need to sort out their issues with the batting and with the kind of bowling they have, they can turn out to be dark horses in this tournament.
Both the Kangaroos and the Kiwis are facing similar sort of problems. Both the teams have some injury concerns and most of all, batting isn’t clicking for both of the sides. Provided the bowlers keep performing the way they have, batting can be a decisive thing in this game. With major players in form and plenty of match winners and no spinner likely to play in Australian lineup, New Zealand looks to be the better side of the two.
New Zealand, 2.20 @ Bet365
The batsmen of any of the above side haven’t performed the way they were expected to. David Warner is struggling to score runs and is getting out repeatedly in the same manner. Watson, on the other hand, has got starts and has managed to convert some of them into big ones. He was brilliant in the first practice match and looked good till he was there at the crease in the first group game. Keeping his and Warner’s form in mind, he is likely to outscore David Warner.
Watson v Warner - Batsman Match:
Shane Watson, 1.66 @ Bet365