Australia had a rather forgettable outing against New Zealand in the opening T20I at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. After being reduced to 19/4 inside the powerplay during their run-chase, Aaron Finch and Co couldn’t come back from behind the 8-ball.
Their bowling also came under the pump after Devon Conway went berserk with an unbeaten 59-ball 99, laced with 10 fours and three sixes. The second T20I is scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 25 at the University Oval in Dunedin.
If the Aussies lose the game, they will be in a must-win scenario in their last three games. The Black Caps, on the other hand, had jitters early in their innings, but they made a stupendous comeback. It remains to be seen if Kane Williamson and Co manage to replicate something similar.
Pitch and Conditions
The venue hasn’t hosted a single T20I thus far, but it has hosted 10 ODIs. Scores above 300 have been breached five times, suggesting that a high-scoring affair might be in the offing. The playing conditions will be cloudy, but with no chances of a downpour. The temperature will be around the 14 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity will mostly be in the low and mid-60s.
Playing Combinations for NZ vs AUS
Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wk), Kane Williamson (C), Glenn Phillips, Devon Conway, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
Bench: Mark Chapman, Hamish Bennett
Aaron Finch (C), Matthew Wade (wk), Josh Philippe, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Daniel Sams, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Jhye Richardson
Bench: D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner, Jason Behrendorff, Andrew Tye, Tanveer Sangha, Riley Meredith
Probable Top Performers
Kane Williamson-New Zealand
Kane Williamson is a class act without a shred of a doubt. In the first T20I, he smashed two fours and looked good for a decent knock. But then, he perished to Daniel Sams while trying to go for a pull shot. He would have been disappointed not being able to capitalise on a good start. The Tauranga-born would be hoping to get a decent knock under his belt.
Glenn Maxwell is a brutal hitter of the cricket ball and there’s very little doubt on the damage he can do. He had a reasonable outing for the Melbourne Stars in the 2020-21 BBL. But he couldn’t deliver in the first T20I. Neither could he get runs with the bat, nor could he pick up a wicket in the only over he bowled. But bearing in mind his potential, he can be expected to make a comeback.
NZ vs AUS Broadcast Details
Match Timings: 06:30 AM IST
Live Streaming: Fancode
The prediction is for the team, batting second to win the match.
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