After the brilliant show against India, a confident New Zealand will aim for another win against the formidable Australians in the Super 10 clash at Dharamsala on Friday.
New Zealand adopted horses for courses policy against India, going in for three spinners on a spin-friendly track at Nagpur. They would perhaps bolster their pace attack in the game against Australia as the Dharamsala track is known to provide some assistance to quick bowlers rather than spin.
They should bring back Tim Southee at the cost of a spinner. New Zealand will be hard to beat as they are a competitive T20 side with players of multiple utilities.
Their batting looks sorted out, but the absence of Brendon McCullum, due to retirement, will loom large. Overall, on their day, New Zealand can spring a surprise or two and baffle strong teams like they did in the match against India.
Australia, on the other hand, is coming off a morale-boosting T20I series win against South Africa after the 3-0 washout they suffered at the hands of India Down Under. Australia does not have a great T20 record, but they are a strong unit who should be difficult to beat. They have a strong batting line-up with Steve Smith, David Warner and Shane Watson expected to do bulk of the damage. Their pace bowling is of top-class with the likes of Josh Hazlewood and Mithcell Marsh.
But their spin bowling options are far from adequate with Ashton Agar and Peter Nevill expected to do well in sub-continental conditions.
Overall, it will be another battle for supremacy after Australia had the upper hand over New Zealand in the 50-overs World Cup last year Down Under.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (C), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi (WK), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.
Australia: Steve Smith (C), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Nevill, Andrew Tye, Shane Watson, Adam Zampa.