Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: New Zealand vs Australia 2021 - 2nd T20I
The 2nd T20I of the five-match series between New Zealand and Australia will be played at the University Oval, Dunedin in New Zealand.
Anyone hardly expected the swing which was on offer at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch in the series opener between New Zealand and Australia. However, it ended up playing a big part in the match.
While New Zealand were able to bounce back after being down to 19/3, Australia were never really able to recover from their score of 19/4 in the powerplay. This is what eventually decided the fate of the match.
The swing in the second innings was much more than the first innings, or perhaps, it was the skill of the New Zealand bowlers which made it appear so.
Early on, Martin Guptill tried to lift one over cover which is a perfectly good shot when the ball is not doing a lot off the surface or in the air. However, with the swing on offer, the ball took the outside part of his bat and went to point as Daniel Sams drew first blood.
It was Devon Conway who led the charge for New Zealand in the rearguard and remained unbeaten on 99 to take them to 184. Jhye Richardson was the best bowler on show for Australia while Adam Zampa bowled economically.
In reply, Australia were bowled out for 131 within 18 overs, with Mitchell Marsh being their standout batsman with 45 of 33 balls. Ish Sodhi bagged four wickets for New Zealand while Tim Southee and Trent Boult chipped in with two wickets apiece.
Despite the absence of several of their first-choice players, Australia are a strong unit and are capable of bouncing back in the second T20I.
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, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Australia - Aaron Finch (c), Matthew Wade (wk), Josh Philippe, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Daniel Sams, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
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 180+, Australia 190+
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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