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World Cup 2019, Match37- Aus Vs Nz, Preview: Trans-Tasmanian Rivalry Set To Reunite At The Lord’s

In the second match of the exciting double-header Saturday (June 29), the Trans-Tasmanian rivalry will once again be reunited as Australia will be locking horns with arch-rivals New Zealand at the iconic Home of Cricket, Lord’s. Both the teams are coming into this game after witnessing contrasting results unfold in their respective previous outings. Australia recorded a sensational victory against England, while New Zealand suffered a convincing defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the last match. The Aussies have already qualified for the semi-finals, while the Kiwis need a win in either of their last two games to seal their place.

After India, Australia has by far looked the most dangerous team of the 2019 edition of the World Cup. After thrashing England by 64 runs at the Lord’s, Aaron Finch & Co became the first side to make its way through to the semi-final of the mega event. Being the defending champions and knowing how not to crumble under pressure, Australia has marched ahead.

For the Kiwis, their unbeaten run in the extravaganza came to end after Pakistan handed them a six-wicket defeat at Edgbaston in Birmingham. With 11 points in their kitty, one victory would take them to the semis, but overhauling the Aussies won’t be an easy task by any stretch of the imagination. In World Cup cricket, New Zealand has got over their opponent thrice in 10 matches, two of which came at home in 1992 and 2015.

Head to Head Battle

            Matches

           Australia

        New Zealand

              No Result

           Overall (136)

               90

                   39

                    7

        In World Cup (10)

                7

                    3

 

 

Australia’s likely Playing XI

Though they are already through, the Aussies may not make any changes and continue with their winning run. Aaron Finch and David Warner have looked at their very best throughout the tournament. Even as Warner has 500 runs, the Aussie skipper is four short of the milestone. They have complemented each other perfectly owing to which, their team has dominated every other team in the mega event, barring Virat Kohli’s India.

Steve Smith has also been scoring runs at a 40, 80 with three half-centuries. Glenn Maxwell has a strike rate of over 200 but needs to be a bit circumspect as well in his shot-making. Usman Khawaja has blown hot and cold as well. In the bowling lineup, the Aussies were looking for someone apart from Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins to pick up wickets. Luckily left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff picked his maiden ODI fifer in the last match.

Probable XI: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff.

New Zealand’s likely Playing XI

The Black Caps have persisted with Colin Munro despite him failing a number of times. It seems as if it’s a matter of time before they axe the southpaw and bring in Henry Nicholls. To add to their worry, Martin Guptill hasn’t got going and has looked out of sorts as well. For the last few matches, it’s become rather mandatory for Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor to rescue their team from the precarious positions.

Tom Latham has looked hapless in the middle after the layoff. The relieving aspect for the Kiwis will be Colin de Grandhomme and James Neesham’s form with the bat. In the bowling department, Lockie Ferguson has been the standout with 15 wickets. Matt Henry has gone wicketless in the last four matches and he may have to make away for leg-spinner Ish Sodhi. Trent Boult has been economical but needs to make breakthroughs.

Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro/Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry/Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.

Match Timings- 6:00 pm IST and 1:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

In the second match of the exciting double-header Saturday (June 29), the Trans-Tasmanian rivalry will once again be reunited as Australia will be locking horns with arch-rivals New Zealand at the iconic Home of Cricket, Lord’s. Both the teams are coming into this game after witnessing contrasting results unfold in their respective previous outings. Australia recorded a sensational victory against England, while New Zealand suffered a convincing defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the last match. The Aussies have already qualified for the semi-finals, while the Kiwis need a win in either of their last two games to seal their place.

After India, Australia has by far looked the most dangerous team of the 2019 edition of the World Cup. After thrashing England by 64 runs at the Lord’s, Aaron Finch & Co became the first side to make its way through to the semi-final of the mega event. Being the defending champions and knowing how not to crumble under pressure, Australia has marched ahead.

For the Kiwis, their unbeaten run in the extravaganza came to end after Pakistan handed them a six-wicket defeat at Edgbaston in Birmingham. With 11 points in their kitty, one victory would take them to the semis, but overhauling the Aussies won’t be an easy task by any stretch of the imagination. In World Cup cricket, New Zealand has got over their opponent thrice in 10 matches, two of which came at home in 1992 and 2015.

Head to Head Battle

             Matches

            Australia

          New Zealand

              No Result

          Overall (136)

                90

                  39

                    7

      In World Cup (10)

                7

                   3

 

 

Australia’s likely Playing XI

Though they are already through, the Aussies may not make any changes and continue with their winning run. Aaron Finch and David Warner have looked at their very best throughout the tournament. Even as Warner has 500 runs, the Aussie skipper is four short of the milestone. They have complemented each other perfectly owing to which, their team has dominated every other team in the mega event, barring Virat Kohli’s India.

Steve Smith has also been scoring runs at a 40, 80 with three half-centuries. Glenn Maxwell has a strike rate of over 200 but needs to be a bit circumspect as well in his shot-making. Usman Khawaja has blown hot and cold as well. In the bowling lineup, the Aussies were looking for someone apart from Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins to pick up wickets. Luckily left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff picked his maiden ODI fifer in the last match.

Probable XI: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff.

New Zealand’s likely Playing XI

The Black Caps have persisted with Colin Munro despite him failing a number of times. It seems as if it’s a matter of time before they axe the southpaw and bring in Henry Nicholls. To add to their worry, Martin Guptill hasn’t got going and has looked out of sorts as well. For the last few matches, it’s become rather mandatory for Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor to rescue their team from the precarious positions.

Tom Latham has looked hapless in the middle after the layoff. The relieving aspect for the Kiwis will be Colin de Grandhomme and James Neesham’s form with the bat. In the bowling department, Lockie Ferguson has been the standout with 15 wickets. Matt Henry has gone wicketless in the last four matches and he may have to make away for leg-spinner Ish Sodhi. Trent Boult has been economical but needs to make breakthroughs.

Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro/Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry/Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.

Match Timings- 6:00 pm IST and 1:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.