Familiar foes and neighbours meet in first Super 12 clash
● The main stage of the T20 World Cup starts with this clash on Saturday
● Australia lead the head to head record by 10-5
Australia and New Zealand will kick off the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup on October 22nd. The defending champions Australia are coming off a slew of losses against India and England but boast of a good record versus New Zealand. They have odds of 1.43 to win this clash.
New Zealand have historically been poor in Australia across formats and they would hope for better results this tournament. They played a tri-series at home in the build up, in which they lost the final against Pakistan. The Black Caps would hope to get off to a winning star with odds of 2.79 to win the game.
How’s the pitch?
The Sydney Cricket Ground is the second fastest run-scoring venue in the country in the last two years. The seamers should get some assistance with the new ball while spinners could come into play later. There’s a rain threat looming over the match, with an 80% chance of precipitation on Saturday.
Australia have won 10 out of 15 T20Is played between the two sides. New Zealand have lost all three of their games in Australia. The Kiwis were hammered by South Africa in the warm-up game whereas the Aussies lost versus India by a narrow margin.
Our pick: Australia are significantly stronger in all departments in these conditions. Back Australia at 1.43 to win this one!
Keep an eye on…
David Warner is amongst the greatest players in the history of T20 cricket, having scored over 11000 runs in total at 38 average and 141 strike. Warner has been in good form and will be a key player for the hosts.
Trent Boult has the ability to make a major dent in Australia’s top order if there’s any movement on offer. The left arm seamer has taken 66 wickets in T20 internationals at 7.91 rpo.