Australia came back strongly in the 3rd T20I to register an emphatic win.
Expect Australia to clinch this encounter.
After losing the first two games, Australia came back strongly to register an emphatic 64-run win in the 3rd T20I against New Zealand. The scoreline now reads 2-1 and Australia would hope to level the series in the next game at Wellington on Friday. They would be confident as their batting shined brightly in this game and looked really dangerous. New Zealand, meanwhile, don’t have much to worry about as it was just not their day. They are still the home side and will have the edge in the 4th T20I, given the form they have been in.
New Zealand would be a little disappointed with their performance in the 3rd T20I. They failed both in the batting and bowling fronts and couldn’t even put up a fight. After giving away 208 runs on bowling first, they could only muster 144 runs in their chase. Bowling on these placid surfaces with short boundaries is a tough job. So one can forgive the likes of Tim Southee and Trent Boult for having an off day. However, James Neesham continues to be expensive in the middle overs – he went for 0-60 in the last match – and that’s a worry. Off-spinner Ish Sodhi, however, has been impressive as ever and will be a vital cog for the Kiwis.
New Zealand’s batting failed in the previous game and apart from opener Martin Guptill’s 43, none of the others could really make an impact. However, they have enough firepower in the tank to make a strong comeback. The likes of skipper Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, and Neesham have been in fantastic batting form and will again be watched out for. Guptill’s electric start could be crucial, though.
Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mark Chapman, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, KS Williamson, Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, James Neesham, TG Southee, Kyle Jamieson
Australia would be delighted with their comeback performance. They have not played bad cricket per se, but the luck hasn’t really favored them. Even in the 2nd T20I, they almost chased down a mammoth target of 220 and lost by just 4 runs. In the 3rd match, Australia finally got a chance to bat first and blasted their way to a score of 208-4. Captain Aaron Finch found his form at last with a terrific 69 off 44 balls and Josh Philippe scored an impressive 43 off 27 balls. However, the show-stealer was Glen Maxwell who took the game away from the Kiwis with a scintillating 70 off 31 balls. With these three looking in great touch, and Marcus Stoinis being in superb form, Australia’s batting unit can prove to be really dangerous now if it clicks.
Their bowling too has enough variety with the likes of Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Kane Richardson, and leg-spinner Adam Zampa doing a fine job. The biggest surprise of the last game, though, was spinner Ashton Agar who produced career-best figures of 6-30. It will be interesting to see how this bowling unit fares if New Zealand bats first in the next match.
Matthew Wade (wk), Aaron Finch (c), Josh Philippe, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Riley Meredith
Aaron Finch, Riley Meredith, Jhye Richardson, KW Richardson, Ashton Agar, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Marcus Stoinis, Josh Philippe, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Marsh
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||18||0 mm.||11.66 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|03h||18||0 mm.||11.16 k/h||From: NNW||2%|
|06h||17||0 mm.||11.25 k/h||From: NW||1%|
|09h||17||0 mm.||10.09 k/h||From: NW||2%|
|12h||17||0.11 mm.||10.23 k/h||From: NNW||10%|
|15h||17||0.16 mm.||11.58 k/h||From: NNW||52%|
|18h||16||0.47 mm.||12.03 k/h||From: NNW||48%|
|21h||17||0.21 mm.||11.26 k/h||From: NNW||93%|
The pitch in Wellington has assisted the batsmen and the bowlers equally. Seam bowlers do get some movement off the pitch early on and that’s why someone like Tim Southee has found great success here. As we saw in the last game, spinners too will have a role to play as the pitch slows down a little in the middle stages.
The weather is expected to be partly sunny and windy for the day of the match. No rainfall is expected as of now.
In the 12 T20Is played on this ground before this match, there were only five instances of the team batting first finishing with less than 150. In the last game, Australia comfortably reached a total of 208-4 on batting first. We can expect another high-scoring encounter in this match and a total of around 190-plus would be a must for the team batting first.
The team winning the toss should prefer to bat first as all the three matches in the series so far have been won by the side batting first. Putting on a big score and then throttling the opposition seems to be the way here.
New Zealand is a very strong side at home where they can be very difficult to beat. However, the pitches and the short boundaries do give the opposition a chance and another strong batting show by Australia will put the home side under pressure. We should expect another high-scoring encounter with plenty of fours and sixes. This is a difficult game to predict but given the form the Aussie batting unit has been showing over the last two games, they might dominate once again and square the series.
Expect Australia to clinch this encounter.