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New Zealand managed to dominate Australia in the opening T20 match of the series. The end result showed that New Zealand breezed through the entire contest but they were in a spot of bother during the batting stint as well. Australia will need to do better to compete in this series.
Australia’s lineup is not really inexperienced but it is testing the depth and quality of Australian cricket. All the players picked have starred in the Big Bash League, however, international cricket is a completely different level of the game.
Can New Zealand continue to use home advantage and dominate the Australians or will the Aussies find a way to come back strongly? A fascinating encounter awaits as Australia tries to stay alive in this series.
New Zealand vs Australia 2nd T20 international 2021 is going to be played at the University Oval, Dunedin on the 25th of February 2021.
It is not often that a team win after losing three wickets in the powerplay but that is exactly what New Zealand did. Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, and Kane Williamson all fell before the score had gone past 20 but Devon Conway ensured that a competitive total would be reached.
He top-scored with 99 and received some good support from Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, and Mitch Santner in the end.
New Zealand would be a bit concerned about Martin Guptill’s form. He struggled in the Super Smash and has been looking for runs for a fair bit of time now. Still, there is enough depth and quality in the batting lineup to be able to provide a stiff challenge to the Aussies.
They were just one wicket away from collapsing in the first, though, and that is something to be kept in mind.
The real strength of the New Zealand team is its bowling. Tim Southee and Trent Boult picked up four wickets in the powerplay and got some prodigious swing. There is also no doubt that luck was favoring the Kiwis in that match. They got some cheap wickets of some deliveries that were quite poor.
Ish Sodhi, Kyle Jamieson, and even Mitchell Snatner benefitted from having a big total on board to defend.
New Zealand has a tremendous team that is difficult to beat but we don’t think it is as far ahead of the Australian as it appeared in the previous match.
Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, KS Williamson, Devon Conway, GD Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, TG Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.
A tough examination for Australia left them red-faced as their best of the BBL eleven failed to make an impact. They will have to chalk that defeat down to a poor day and move on because there is nothing else that they can do.
It is difficult to see any changes being made for this match, although, the team is not quite the strongest in our opinion. Matthew Wade gets too many chances even though he does not seem to ever perform with any consistency.
Aaron Finch has been out of form for a very long time and is clearly struggling. Josh Philippe is very highly rated in Australia but these are the kind of swinging conditions that can make life difficult for a player like him.
The real strength of the Australian batting is in the middle-order. Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, and Marcus Stoinis are the three players that seem the most likely to get some runs consistently. Anything that the top-order gets should be seen as a bonus.
Ashton Agar, Daniel Sams, and even Jhye Richardson can bat but you would not want to see them in the middle with much to do if you are an Australian fan.
Australia has so many bowling options that it could bring in someone like Ashton Turner and just add to the batting lineup. We would not mind seeing Matthew Wade go out of the side, Josh Philippe move up to the opening slot, and maybe take the gloves to make space for Turner.
As we said, though, this is something that is likely for upcoming matches is Wade continues to fail.
Jhye Richardson, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, and Mitchell Marsh can all bowl! That is seven options without counting Finch who is not the worst either.
Australia just needs to get its balance a bit right and we think it is capable of giving New Zealand a real run for its money.
Matthew Wade, Aaron Finch, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Daniel Sams, Jhye Richardson, KW Richardson, Adam Zampa.
This is the first T20 international that is going to be played at the University Oval, however, there have been ten ODI’s played here in the past. Teams batting first have won five of those matches while the teams batting second have won the other five.
It appears as if winning the toss is not a huge advantage. That being said, we think teams that win the toss will be happier batting first and trying to get a good total on the board to defend.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
The weather forecast for Dunedin on match day looks good. There is a very low chance of rain, and so we should have an uninterrupted match to enjoy. As far as the pitch goes, the University Oval can be a bit slower and lower-scoring than some of the other grounds in New Zealand.
There may be some help for the fast-bowlers but not as much in the first match. That being said, New Zealand always offers up a decent batting surface and the grounds are usually pretty small in size.
All of this should add up to a venue where 170 should be seen as par batting first.
We are going to go with the underdogs in this one and back Australia. There is a lot more value and we think the first match was not a fair representation of what they are capable of. Australia has more power in its batting and its bowling is very good too. We saw that they had New Zealand in a fair amount of trouble before they lost the plot.
We think you may see a more professional performance in this next match.
Bet on Australia to win.
Mitchell Marsh has been batting very well. He was brilliant in the BBL and was the only player that made an impact against New Zealand in the first match as well. He is one of the cleanest hitters of the ball out of everyone playing this match. One six is all that takes for you to get a 65% return on your stake.
New Zealand is a very high-scoring ground and any one batsman that gets set can take a bowler for 20 or more runs. Considering the return on offer, this is an easy bet to recommend. Looking at the wealth of batting talent on both teams and the power hitters that are lined-up, this should be an easy bet to win.
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