NZ vs AUS Prediction: New Zealand and Australia will lock horns against each other in the first warm up of the T20 World Cup on October 18, Monday. Both teams have never managed to lift the T20 World Cup so far. The Kiwis reached the semifinals in the last edition of the event, whereas, Australia failed to make it past the group stages.
The match will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 2 in Abu Dhabi. Both teams clashed against each other in a five match T20I series earlier this year. Australia will be led by Aaron Finch, whereas, the Black Caps will be led by Kane Williamson.
Match 11, NEW ZEALAND VS AUSTRALIA
WARM UP MATCH, T20 World Cup
18 October 2021, 07:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 2, Abu Dhabi
New Zealand and Australia engaged in a fierce five-match T20I series in March this year. The Black Caps won the series by a score-line of 3-2. Ish Sodhi was awarded the player of the series, for his incredible performances with the ball.
Australia were also defeated in a five match T20I series against West Indies a couple of months ago. Australia were defeated by a score-line of 4-1 by the hosts. David Warner has not played a single T20I match since 12 months, and will hope to regain some form prior to the T20I World Cup.
New Zealand vs Australia Warm up Game will be broadcasted in over 100 countries over the globe. In India, the match will be broadcasted on the Star Sports Network in multiple languages. One can also stream the match live on Disney Hotstar App. The matches will be broadcasted in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil commentary. The match will be held alongside other three warm-up matches which commence on the same time.
NZ vs AUS Head to Head: The two teams have faced each other on 14 occasions, with Australia leading the head to head record by a score line of 9-5.
NZ – 50%
AUS – 50%
Both teams have a strong squad, that is well-rounded in all departments. Australia have a lethal batting order which consists of the likes of David Warner, Aaron Finch and Steve Smith. Glenn Maxwell had a terrific IPL season, and will play a crucial role in Australia’s chances at the event. New Zealand have a strong pace bowling lineup with the likes of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson.
Bet365: NZ: 2.00 AUS: 1.80
Both teams had quite a few players who competed in the IPL and as such, they will be accustomed to the conditions in UAE. Kane Williamson, captain of New Zealand is one of the most prolific run-getters in international cricket, and will look to fire his side to another ICC trophy.
Glenn Maxwell was in the form of his life in the recently concluded Indian Premier League. He smashed 573 runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore at an average of 42.75.
David Warner did not have a great IPL season this time around, and was also dropped from the Sunrisers Squad due to poor performances. He will look forward to bounce back at the ICC World Cup.
The pitch at Abu Dhabi is expected to be on the slower side, and will offer assistance to the spin bowlers. The matches at the recently concluded IPL were not high scoring affairs, as batsman struggled to get runs on these tracks. However, both sides have world class batsmen in their ranks, and they will hope to put on a show.
If NZ bats first: 150-160
If AUS bats first: 150-160
Clear skies are expected for the warm up clash between New Zealand and Australia. However, heat will be a factor in the match, as the temperatures will exceed around 30 degree Celsius. The sun sets in at about 530-6 pm, as the weather gets a bit cooler. The match will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 2, Abu Dhabi.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Matthew Wade
BATSMEN: David Warner, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson
ALL-ROUNDERS: Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Santner, Ashton Agar
BOWLERS: Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Trent Boult
Captain choices: David Warner/ Kane Williamson
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