New Zealand vs Australia Prediction – Cricket World Cup

Prateik K
By: Prateik K
ICC Cricket World Cup New Zealand vs Australia
New Zealand vs Australia, Cricket World Cup 2019

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World Cup Squad Comparison

New Zealand

New Zealand suffered their first loss of the ICC World Cup 2019 in their last match against Pakistan. This loss was characterised by an ever increasing dependency on Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor coupled with struggles of the opening pair to get runs on the board. Williamson has consistently scored under pressure for New Zealand, and him and Taylor had put up 160-runs partnership for the 3rd wicket against Windies.

Apart from the openers, Tom Latham has also failed to score any significant runs in the middle. James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme fought their way to get New Zealand past 200 against Pakistan. New Zealand may have missed the trick by not playing Ish Sodhi in the last match. They needed a second spinner on that track to get them wickets.

The current batting form indicates that New Zealand’s top order is vulnerable and may not be able to survive Starc and Jason Behrendorff in the early overs. Australia’s bowling is in top gear and may get all over the Kiwi batting line-up once they get the main wickets of Williamson and Taylor. Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme are crucial to the innings. But their contributions can make a difference only when the top order has done its job.

Australia

Australia 1 loss and 6 wins are now qualified for the semi-final spot and will be eyeing to continue their winning run in the next match. After their 1st loss of this tournament against India, Australia have own 4 consecutive World Cup 2019 matches, defeating Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and England. They had scores of 285, 381, and 334 in last 3 matches batting first. Jason Behrendorff finished with figures of 5 for 44 in the last match defending 285 at this venue.

The openers are in great touch scoring runs consistently and both Finch and Warner have scored 2 hundreds each in this tournament. However, the middle order hasn’t done as well as expected of them. After 123-runs opening partnership against England, Australia lost 4 more wickets in next 20 overs within 105 runs. Australia will try to finish the innings on a high and in a better way than their previous couple of games.

While the batting line-up is sound with likes of Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell in the middle offering different styles of play for different times in the Australian innings. Bowling attack comprising of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Jason Behrendorff is solid and can put the Kiwis on the back foot early in the innings. Aussie bowling attack can pose a challenge to the New Zealand top order and will likely put the middle order under pressure.

Our Prediction for New Zealand vs Australia

Australia are favourites to win this match

Looking at the recent team performances, Australia’s progression chart shows improvement in both batting and the bowling department. While New Zealand batting line-up is reliant on a couple of in-form batsmen. Bowling wise, Australia have more consistent bowler who are more likely to put the opposition under pressure.

Prateik K
By: Prateik K

A Data Engineer by trade, Prateik has coupled two things he loves the most - Cricket and Data. When he is not playing cricket, he is pulling data insights from current and past cricket matches, building predictive models, writing predictions and betting tips. An armchair activist, Prateik spends his free time reading philosophy and nagging people about climate change.

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