The battle for supremacy between New South Wales and Queensland
New South Wales to win
It is the last round of league games in the Australia Domestic One-Day Cup 2021 and this game between the New South Wales and Queensland would be one to watch out. Both the sides haven’t lost a game yet. New South Wales won against Tasmania in the last game while Queensland comes here with a massive win against South Australia.
The problem for Queensland is their poor record against New South Wales. They have won just one out of the last five games between the two sides and also don’t have a good record playing in Sydney. Both the sides have looked in tremendous form and we expect this to be a cracker of a contest that is expected to go down the wire.
Pat Cummins would be pleased with the way his side has played so far in the tournament. They have not lost a game yet and come here with a good win against Tasmania. But Cummins would also be aware of the scale of challenge given their opponents Queensland too has been in good form and he would be expecting his players to rise up to the challenge here.
David Warner scored a brilliant hundred in the last game and he would look to provide a good start in company of Matthew Gilkes. They have a settled middle order where Moises Henriques, Kurtis Patterson and Oliver Davies are doing well. The side bats deep with the likes of Nick Larkin, Sean Abbott and Cummins to follow and this provides solidity to this line-up.
On the bowling front Cummins has been in good form and so is Ben Dwarshuis with the new ball and the pair would look to start the proceedings well in this game. Nathan Lyon and Abbott bring in lot of experience and along with Liam Hatcher in the side they have the attack to take on the confident Queensland side.
Pat Cummins (c), David Warner, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Moises Henriques, Kurtis Patterson, Oliver Davies, Nick Larkin, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Lyon, Liam Hatcher
It was a tremendous effort from Usman Khawaja’s side in the last game against South Australia. Their batsmen and bowlers did well to seal a 160 run win in the game and take them to the top of the points table. However they don’t have a good record against New South Wales and will need to put in their best effort to win here.
Batting wise they are looking good at the moment with Sam Heazlett in good form and Khawaja too scored runs in the last game after having a poor run. In the middle order Marnus Labuschagne, Jack Wildermuth and Matthew Renshaw scored runs in the last game and this would add to their confidence. With Joe Burns and Jimmy Pierson down the order they have good strength in this department.
It was a good effort from their bowlers in the last game where Michael Neser and Xavier Bartlett bowled well in the game. Jack Wildermuth was expensive and he would need to come up with a better show with the new ball. Matthew Kuhnemann and Billy Stanlake looked good in the middle overs and the presence of Renshaw completes a good attack for the side.
Usman Khawaja (c), Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Burns, Matt Renshaw, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Jack Wildermuth, Michael Neser, Xavier Bartlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Billy Stanlake
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||19||0 mm.||5.36 k/h||From: SSW||35%|
|03h||20||0 mm.||5.37 k/h||From: S||75%|
|06h||20||0 mm.||6.03 k/h||From: S||45%|
|09h||19||0 mm.||5.26 k/h||From: S||4%|
|12h||19||0 mm.||3.83 k/h||From: S||16%|
|15h||19||0 mm.||3.9 k/h||From: S||82%|
|18h||17||0 mm.||3.4 k/h||From: SW||89%|
|21h||17||0 mm.||3.02 k/h||From: SW||86%|
The skies over Sydney would be clear on March 31 and we expect this to a high scoring game. We have already seen a high scoring game this season here and batsmen scored runs once they got their eyes set on this wicket. The side batting first in this game would be happy to get to a score of 300 runs.
North Sydney Oval, Sydney is friendly towers the batsmen where the ball comes on to the bat nicely. Fast bowlers do well with the new ball at this venue where there is lot for them early on in the game. Spinners have struggled on this surface as there is very little turn on offer for them.
There is early assistance on this surface and the new tends to trouble the batsmen here. The track gets slower as the game progresses making batting relatively easy in the second innings. The side winning the toss in this game would in all likelihood invite the opposition to bat first in this game.
This game has all the ingredients to be one of the best contests so far in the season. Queensland has a very strong batting and bowling line-up and they come here with a huge win. New South Wales to have played to perfection and never allowed their opponents to dominate them. There is little to choose between the two teams on form but New South Wales have a better record against Queensland and this would make them favorites here.
New South Wales to win