T20 Tri-Series Final – NZ v Australia: Wednesday 5pm AEDT, Eden Park, Auckland
It’s going to be hard to replicate the amazing power-hitting that both Australia and New Zealand displayed during the remarkable T20I played at Eden Park last Friday, where records were shattered, with Australia recording the highest successful run-chase (5/245) in the history of T20 cricket. Will we see fireworks in Auckland again?
|Top New Zealand Batsman||Colin Munro ($4)|
|Top Australia Batsman||Chris Lynn ($3.70)|
|Top New Zealand Bowler||Trent Boult ($3.50)|
|Top Australia Bowler||Kane Richardson ($4.40)|
Head to Head
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. 32 sixes were hit in the match – the equal most in a T20 international, while it was bittersweet night for Kiwi opener Martin Guptill. Guptill made a blistering 105 off 54 balls and overtook Brendon McCullum to become the highest run-scorer in the history of T20 international cricket. Guptill’s 49-ball century was also the fastest by a New Zealander. 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.
Bet: Australia ($1.53)
Top New Zealand Batsman
It’s usually a good bet to back either Martin Guptill or Colin Munro when it comes to top New Zealand run-scorer in T20 cricket. Munro made 76 off 33 balls in Friday’s loss against Australia at Eden Park, and followed that effort up with 57 off 21 balls against England at Hamilton. He’s back in form and The Wolf’s top pick here.
Bet: Colin Munro ($4)
Top Australia Batsman
Chris Lynn has played a few cameo knocks during the tri-series without going large like some of his Australian teammates. He made 44 against New Zealand in the tri-series opener at the SCG and will have a big role to play here if either David Warner or D’Arcy Short is dismissed cheaply.
Bet: Chris Lynn ($3.70)
Top New Zealand Bowler
Trent Boult is the joint-leading wicket-taker, with Andrew Tye for the tri-series, taking 8 wickets at an average of 19. He is coming off a 3/50 performance in Sunday’s T20I loss to England and will be hoping the wickets flow in Auckland on the big stage.
Bet: Trent Boult ($3.50)
Top Australia Bowler
Kane Richardson has been excellent with the ball during the tri-series and has finally got the rewards in Australia’s last two T20I matches. He took 2/40 against the Black Caps in Auckland last Friday, and recorded figures of 3/33 against England at the MCG before the tri-series moved across the Tasman.
Bet: Kane Richardson ($4.40)