New Zealand will eye a win in the T20I against Australia at Auckland on Friday to gain an entry in the final of tri-series. Australia have already entered the final with three wins out of three matches. They will look to wrap up the league phase with all wins. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams ahead of the T20I between Australia and New Zealand in the tri-series.
Batting firepower: Australia have the batting firepower in David Warner, Darcy Short, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis. All have been IPL regulars and proven T20 batsmen. Maxwell has been in roaring form, slamming a ton in the T20I tri-series against England. They will once again be the key to Australia’s chances in the T20I match against New Zealand to finish off with an all-win record in the league phase.
Complacency: Australia have posted three wins out of three in the league phase. And they will be over-confident when they take on New Zealand in their last league clash. Australia have posted a convincing win by 7 wickets via Duckworth and Lewis method in the last game against New Zealand. Can Australia carry on the winning momentum?
Australia squad: David Warner (Captain), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, D Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.
New Zealand strengths:
All-round unit: New Zealand have all-round unit comprising attacking T20 batsmen in Colin Munro, Martin Guptill and reliable skipper in Kane Williamson. Besides, they have few quality T20 bowlers in Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi who can turn around the game with their performances. All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme provides the balance to the squad with his multiple skills.
New Zealand weaknesses:
Fifth-bowling option: New Zealand have chosen to divide the work of fifth bowler between Munro and Grandhomme and hence, it is a weak link for New Zealand. If one of the regular bowlers have an off-day, then Munro-Grandhomme will be under pressure to deliver and bowl their quota of overs.
Prediction: Australia have been the superior team in the T20I tri-series. They have won three matches out of three in the tri-series and will look to remain unbeaten. New Zealand would eye a win to book a berth in the final. Our vote goes to Australia in the T20I clash against New Zealand.
Possible winner: Australia