NZ vs AUS Dream11 Prediction: In the Match 11 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, New Zealand will be locking horns with Australia at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 18 October (Monday). This will be the opening warm-up match for both these teams and they will want to utilize this great opportunity for England and India to pick their best combination for the T20 World Cup.
Both these sides are coming into this tournament after witnessing quite similar results in their last few outings. New Zealand suffered a disappointing T20I series loss at the hands of Bangladesh in their last assignment. On the other hand, Australia too suffered defeats against Bangladesh and West Indies in their previous T20I series. New Zealand also got the better of Australia in the last five-match T20I series between these two teams earlier this year.
This will be an important chance for both these teams to prepare well for the T20 World Cup. New Zealand are placed at the 4th position in the ICC T20I Rankings with 257 rating and 7192 points. On the other hand, Australia are placed at the 7th spot in the ICC T20I Rankings with 240 rating and 7923 points. Both these teams will also play the Super 12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
Fixture Name: Match 11, New Zealand vs Australia
Competition: World T20 Warm-up
Date: 18 October
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Ground: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Pitch Report: The surface and the conditions at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium are once again expected to be dry and slow. The spinners have extracted great amount of turn from this track and it will behave similarly in this match as well. There will be some amount of dew in the second innings. However, bowling first will be a safe option after winning the toss. The par score will once again remain around the 150-160 mark.
It will be a great move to pick a mixed combination of Australia and New Zealand players in your respective dream fantasy cricket teams. Since it is the opening stage of the competition, it will be a good decision to include more of batters to increase the chances of winning big contests. The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Kane Williamson and Trent Boult remain the must pick players for this exciting contest.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Matthew Wade
BATTERS: Aaron Finch, Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill
ALL-ROUNDERS: Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell
BOWLERS: Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi
New Zealand will surely start as the favourites in this match due to the slow and dry conditions in the UAE. The New Zealand team also has a balanced team combination of both experienced and young players. On the other hand, Australia will be a tough side to beat in this exciting T20 contest due to the their experienced line-up.
The New Zealand team will be eyeing to be at the top of their game both in the batting as well as bowling departments. The likes of Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and Glenn Phillips will have to play a significant role in the batting department and will be keen to be amongst the runs. On the other hand, the likes of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi and Lockie Ferguson will form part of the bowling attack.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will have to lead his side from the front in the upcoming Super 12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. He played a lot of crucial knocks in the recently concluded UAE leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season. Williamson has scored a total of 1805 runs while playing in 67 T20I matches at an average of 31.67. He has smashed as many as 13 half-centuries in the shorter format of the game.
For the New Zealand side, left-arm pacer Trent Boult has been a consistent wicket-taker across different formats of the game. He picked up 13 wickets in the IPL 2021 season at an economy of 7.90. Boult also has a fine record in T20I cricket for New Zealand having scalped a total of 46 wickets from 34 games at an average of 23.35. The left-arm quick bowler has career-best figures of 4 for 34.
NZ Playing 11 (likely)
Related: New Zealand T20 World Cup Squad
Australia will be hoping to gain some important confidence both with the bat and ball before the start of the mega T20 tournament. The likes of Aaron Finch, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh will have to take the responsibility in the batting department. On the other hand, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood will have to play an important role with the ball.
For the Australian team, swashbuckling batter Glenn Maxwell will be a key player to watch out for in this ICC T20 World Cup due to his spectacular performance in the IPL 2021 season. Maxwell smacked more than 500 runs in a single IPL season at an excellent average of 42.75. He also has a brilliant record in the T20I format having scored 1780 runs from 72 matches at a phenomenal strike-rate of 158.93.
Australia’s left-arm speedster Mitchell Starc is quite an experienced campaigner in the limited-overs format. He has picked up a total of 51 wickets having represented Australia in 41 T20I matches. Mitchell Starc has a fine average of 21.82 and a brilliant economy of 7.23 in the shortest format of the game. He will be a crucial wicket-taking bowler for Australia in this T20 World Cup due to his raw pace in these UAE conditions.
AUS Playing 11 (likely)
Watch New Zealand vs Australia World T20 Warm-up match Live score and streaming on the Star Sports Network and HotStar app. All the players information and live match scores along with exciting live ball-to-ball commentary will be available on the Hotstar app. There will a sensational experience of entertainment as both these international teams, New Zealand and Australia have some exciting players in their respective line-ups who will been keen to do well these warm-up matches before the start of the important Super 12 stage of the mega event.
The New Zealand vs Australia World T20 Warm-up match will be broadcasted live on the Star Sports 3 channel from 7:30 PM IST. The Star Sports Network are the official television rights holder for this year’s ICC T20 World Cup. The viewers will get to listen to expert comments and detailed pitch report alongwith live ball-to-ball commentary on the Hotstar app.
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