ICC T20 Match Australia vs New Zealand - Australia is clear favorite and win this match
Neighboring countries Australia and New Zealand will battle it out in an enthralling encounter of the ICC World Twenty20 campaign in a Super 10, Group 2 match at the HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala on Friday.
New Zealand got off to a flier in the coveted tournament after beating favourites India in Nagpur. The Black Caps look a solid unit under Kane Williamson, who isn't afraid to make crucial decisions regarding the team composition in respect to the conditions.
New Zealand will be coming across a strong Aussie outfit led by Steve Smith. With majority of Aussie players having played in the Indian Premier League (IPL), they will assess the conditions well and make use of their experience.
There are plenty of match-winners in the Australian team and it will be a keen contest between bat and ball.
Here is everything you need to know about this tie.
Date: March 18
Time: (3:00 pm IST)
Venue: HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala
Possible playing XI:
Australia: Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Peter Nevill, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Grant Elliott, Mitchell Santner, Luke Ronchi, Nathan McCullum, Trent Boult, Tim Southee
Australia come into the T20 World Cup after defeating South Africa in a three-match T20 series 2-1. They were trailing after the defeat in the first match, but were able to make a comeback in the next two games and successfully chased big scores.
The team will be led by Steven Smith in the absence of Aaron Finch. Australia have power hitters in their squad and the list includes the likes of David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner and Shane Watson, who can be well supported by Usman Khawaja and captain Smith.
New Zealand enter this fixture after defeating tournament favourites India in Nagpur, central India. They struggled to score, but managed to put up 126 runs on the board. The Kiwis did not include two key bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee when they faced MS Dhoni's side.
The visitors were successful in restricting Indian batsmen and took wickets at regular intervals as they hosts lost seven wickets under 50 runs. New Zealand's win over India should give them a massive boost as they go forward in the tournament.
Australia to win
Betting odds (betfair)
Australia to win: 8/13
New Zealand to win: 5/4