New Zealand and Australia will meet in the final of the tri-series after the Black Caps secured their spot over England due to a superior net run-rate.
All of the talk leading into Wednesday’s final, is about the amazing T20 match played between these sides at Eden Park last Friday.
The record books were obliterated as Australia (5/245) chased down New Zealand’s mammoth total of 6/243.
It was the highest successful run-chase in the history of T20 cricket, and New Zealand’s score of 243 was the highest score Australia have conceded in T20 cricket.
New Zealand have now lost their last four T20I matches at Eden Park, and six of their last eight T20I matches at the venue.
New Zealand’s fortunes in the final rest on the shoulders of their opening batsmen – Martin Guptill and Colin Munro.
Guptill has 237 runs at an average of 59.25 and is the top run-scorer in the tri-series, while Colin Munro is back in 4th with 147 runs at an explosive strike-rate of 210.
The Wolf thinks Australia has the clear edge in the batting ranks when the likes of Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey are coming in at No.6 and No.7 respectively.
David Warner returned to form in the recent T20I win over the Black Caps as he smashed 59 off 24 balls, and his 121-run opening partnership was the catalyst for Australia’s unlikely victory.
The Wolf also agrees with Chris Lynn that New Zealand could be deflated after the loss on Friday night, while the Black Caps recent record at Eden Park in T20I international cricket speaks for itself.
Recommended Price: $1.53