New Zealand lead 1-0 against Australia in a five-match T20 series which continues on Thursday, February 25.
New Zealand vs Australia 2nd T20 Tips, Predictions and Preview – read on below to see our best tips for the second T20.
New Zealand vs Australia T20 Schedule 🗓
- February 22 | Game 1 | Hagley Oval | 5:00pm AEDT
- February 25 | Game 2 | University of Otago Oval | 12:00pm AEDT
- March 3 | Game 3 | Sky Stadium | 5:00pm AEDT
- March 5 | Game 4 | Eden Park | 5:00pm AEDT
- March 7 | Game 5 | Bay Oval | 12:00pm AEDT
New Zealand vs Australia T20 Teams 🏏
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Hamish Bennett, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Tanveer Sangha, D’Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa
New Zealand vs Australia 2nd T20 Tips and Predictions 🧐
It was an easy win for New Zealand in the first T20 clash as the Black Caps won by 53 runs. New Zealand posted 5/184 off their 20 overs after Devon Conway’s brilliant 99 not out from 59 balls got them back on track; they had lost three early wickets.
In reply, Australia didn’t look likely and they were eventually bowled out for 131. It was a common sight for Australian captain Aaron Finch who saw his Melbourne Renegades bowled out numerous times in the Big Bash League this past season. Just like the BBL, Finch struggled as he was dismissed for one.
Australia should be more competitive in the second T20 after five of their top six batsmen made a combined 24 runs. Mitch Marsh was the exception top scoring with 45.
There aren’t too many cricket matches where the captain looks the weakest link and it is starting to look that way for Finch. He averages 37.06 from 67 matches but has really struggled of late. From his last 10 innings, Finch hasn’t scored more than 18 and has six single-figure scores. With his back against the wall, he may play with freedom and don’t be shocked if he leads Australia’s scoring at the end of the innings.
Jhye Richardson picked up 2/31 in the first match and was the leading BBL wicket taker in the season just gone by. He looks the most threatening bowler in the team and looks good value to pick up the most wickets today.