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Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: New Zealand vs Australia 2021 - 1st T20I

Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates a wicket
Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates a wicket
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The 1st T20I of the five-match series between New Zealand and Australia will be played at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch in New Zealand.

LIVE - New Zealand vs Australia 2021 - 1st T20I

With a test series against South Africa initially expected to happen simultaneously with the T20Is against New Zealand being canned, Australia will be without several of their leading players like Steve Smith, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. This brings opportunities for Josh Philippe, Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff.

New Zealand, on the other hand, are looking settled with Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, Kane Williamson, Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips as their top five. Jimmy Neesham and Mitchell Santner are their all-rounders while Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi and Trent Boult make up the bowling attack.

It is strange that the two teams have squared off against each other in just nine T20I matches despite being the first two teams to play an international T20 match. Perhaps, it has been due to the lack of focus on the shortest format of international cricket.

The teams will now make up for it with a five-match series. This will be the first time that Australia are part of such a long affair in T20Is.

Australia lead comfortably in the head to head record between the two teams in T20Is with 7 victories as opposed to New Zealand's 2. It will undoubtedly be a high-scoring affair at the Hagley Oval.

In fact, the scoring rate in T20I cricket in New Zealand is the highest among the top 10 cricketing nations with a run rate of 9.08 over the last 2 years.

 Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

Australia - Aaron Finch (c), Josh Philippe, Matthew Wade (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh/Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff

 

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Australia

Who will win? – Australia

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Devon Conway (New Zealand), Glenn Maxwell (Australia)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Ish Sodhi (New Zealand), Jhye Richardson (Australia)

Most Sixes – Tim Seifert (New Zealand), Glenn Maxwell (Australia)

Man of the Match –  Glenn Maxwell

Team Scores Batting first – New Zealand 200+, Australia 210+

 Match Handicap Australia 

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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.

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