5th T20 – New Zealand v Australia : Friday 5pm AEDT, Eden Park, Auckland
Australia has already secured their place in the Tri-Series Final, while New Zealand can lock up the remaining spot ahead of England, with a win over the Australians at Eden Park on Friday night.
|Top New Zealand Batsman||Colin de Grandhomme ($8)|
|Top Australia Batsman||D’Arcy Short ($4.50)|
|Top New Zealand Bowler||Mitchell Santner ($4.40)|
|Top Australia Bowler||Andrew Tye ($3.70)|
Head to Head
New Zealand can secure their spot in the Tri-Series Final with a win over the unbeaten Australian side here. The Kiwis defeated England by 12 runs to record their first win of the tri-series and keep England winless in the process. Martin Guptill (65 off 45 balls) and Kane Williamson (72 off 46 balls) were the heroes at the top of the order for New Zealand as the Black Caps posted an imposing 5/196. It was a gallant run-chase from the English, with Dawid Malan (59 off 40 balls) and Alex Hales (47 off 24 balls) doing their best to get England home, but a mid-order collapse and some exceptional death-bowling from Trent Boult proved the difference. Meanwhile, Australia can play with very little pressure here after securing their place in Wednesday’s final. The final will also be played at Eden Park, so David Warner’s men will be treating this as a dress rehearsal. New Zealand have lost their last three T20I matches at Eden Park, and five of their last seven T20I matches at the venue. The Kiwis lost a T20I to Pakistan by 48 runs at Eden Park as recent as January. Pakistan batted first and posted an imposing total of 4/201, while New Zealand was bowled out for 153. The Wolf thinks a carefree Australian side could be very dangerous here, especially with the strength and depth of their batting line-up. If Pakistan could post 201 on this wicket, Australia could post a very big score!
Bet: Australia ($1.62)
Top New Zealand Batsman
The Wolf couldn’t ignore the value around Colin de Grandhomme at $8 here. He top-scored for New Zealand with 38* off 24 balls in the 1st T20 match against Australia. On that occasion, de Grandhomme came in at No.7 and did some late damage. In the recent T20 win over England, de Grandhomme was unfortunately dismissed for a first ball duck, but did bat at No.4. If he comes in at No.4 again, the $8 looks overs.
Bet: Colin de Grandhomme ($8)
Top Australia Batsman
D’Arcy Short was clearly the best batsman in the recent BBL competition, scoring 572 runs at an average of 57.20 and strike-rate of 148.57. He has scores of 30 and 36* from the two T20I matches he has played during the tri-series and The Wolf is tipping that he’ll exploit the short boundaries at Eden Park.
Bet: D’Arcy Short ($4.50)
Top New Zealand Bowler
Santner took four wickets in the T20I series against Pakistan last month and took 2/29 in the 4th T20 against England on Tuesday night. He’s recently overtaken Kiwi teammate Ish Sodhi as the world’s No.1 ranked T20 bowler. He has taken 28 wickets from 25 T20Is at 19.96 and will look to exploit Australia’s middle order which can vulnerable to the turning ball at times.
Bet: Mitchell Santner ($4.40)
Top Australia Bowler
Andrew Tye recorded figures of 4/23 in the 1st T20 match of the tri-series against New Zealand and is having a good summer in both one day and T20 cricket. He recorded figures of 3/33 and 5/46 in his last two ODI matches for Australia and has six wickets from three matches in this tri-series. The Wolf is sticking with the hot hand!
Bet: Andrew Tye ($3.70)