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.