T20 International Final – Australia v NZ, Eden Park – Preview & Tips
Gillette International Series Final
Australia v NZ, Eden Park – Auckland – New Zealand
Wednesday, February 21: 7.00pm Local time (5.00pm AEDT)
Betting Top 10 Australia Best Bets: New Zealand are great value at $2.53 to take revenge over the Aussies for last week’s run feast between the two teams at Eden Park.
The Kiwi bats led by big-hitting openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are in great form. Look forward to another match of incredibly big and powerful hitting.
Why can NZ win? Primarily, there is little chance that their bowlers can perform as badly as they did last week at Eden Park.
Australia: The Aussies were jubilant in setting a world record T20 International run chase after mowing down NZ’s 6-243 in last week’s Eden Park match. The welcome return to form of skipper David Warner after the worst run of form of his career has delighted the Aussies. There is some concern that the bowling unit is leaking so many runs. A few eyebrows have been raised in reaction to the decision to play Ashton Agar ahead of a wrist spinner.
New Zealand: New Zealand and England each won only one of four tri-series matches, with the Black Caps reaching the final based on their superior net run rate. Set 195 for victory and 175 for progression to the final. the Kiwis hit the latter with ease against England in Hamilton on Sunday but fell an agonisingly close two runs short of the victory target.
Colin Munro struck powerfully from ball one, while Martin Guptill hung around to snare 62 off 47 deliveries. Munro backed his side to perform better in the final against Australia; “It’s another game at the end of the day, it’s a final but it’s just another game of cricket – we were pretty close the other night at Eden Park,” Munro said.
Meanwhile, England have missed out on the final but will look forward to their five-match ODI series against New Zealand, starting next weekend in Hamilton.