New Zealand vs Australia 2021
5th T20I – Sun, 7th March
Aaron Finch became the Australia T20 star again. Back-to-back half-centuries for the big man. The innings of 79 came off 55 balls, and he clobbered four sixes. Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell also made quick cameos.
But the bowlers should get the praises. Kane Richardson took 3 for 19 and credit to Ashton Agar, who was summoned to open the bowling, keeping his nerve brilliantly in the powerplay. He took another two following a six-wicket haul in the last game.
Despite two wins on the roll, we are not smitten with Australia’s stability. If Josh Phillipe plays, he should open, permitting Stoinis and Maxwell to move up the order. We’re not sure they want Matthew Wade. Ideally, Ashton Turner should be the finisher, but he has been sent home.
Tanveer Sangha and D’Arcy Short are potential additions as they add to the spin hazard. It appears doubtful Australia change a winning combination, though.
Possible playing XI: Aaron Finch (C), Matt Wade (WK), Ashton Agar, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Jhye Richardson/Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Josh Philippe, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Riley Meredith.
New Zealand Under Pressure?
New Zealand has been set back to all after taking a 2-0 lead in the series. What’s gotten incorrect? Well, their batting has gone to bits. They were bundled out for just 106 in the 4th game on Friday, after a 64-run defeat chasing 208.
They were strangely stranded. The 106 was not a situation of batsmen going too hard and giving the cost. At innings break, the Kiwis were the favourite to win, but there had been some carelessness in the field. They had permitted Australia to recoup from 114 for six in the 17th. Kyle Jamieson is under stress from Mark Chapman.
Possible playing XI: Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (WK), James Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Kane Williamson (C), Devon Conway, Ish Sodhi, Kyle Jamieson/Hamish Bennett.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
Another comparatively low-scoring clash summons at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Sunday. The spin bowlers have had an enormous say in the actions, with players like Adam Zampa, Ashton Agar, and Mitchell Santner collecting wickets for fun. Though there will be a little swing on offer for the speedsters, they are expected to bowl slower as the game progresses. The batters will need to be cautious of the turn on offer, even with the ground’s size helping them. Both sides will look to bat first upon winning the toss, with 155-165 being standard at the ground.
Despite failing in the last two matches, New Zealand will rely on their experience with home circumstances. Much will carry on Kane Williamson’s shoulders, who is due for a crucial knock in the series. With both sides looking for a win, we must be in for a right end to what has been a comprehensively enjoyable series of T20 cricket.
New Zealand is 2.10, with Australia 1.71. We don’t settle with the difference in odds, and the market has exaggerated to those two Aussie victories. We rate the hosts as the healthier side.