Australia vs New Zealand 2nd ODI Match Prediction
- Australia can seal a series win against New Zealand, having ended their ODI losing streak with victory in the opening game of the series.
- The hosts claimed a 71-run win last time out, with David Warner, Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuschagne all scoring half-centuries, before Pat Cummins and Mitchell Marsh each took three wickets.
- This match will take place behind closed doors, due to measures put in place as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Australia vs New Zealand 2nd ODI Match Prediction
Australia, having ended their losing streak in ODI cricket, face New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the second consecutive time and will hope for a similar result to the first game. The second game of this three-match series – which is now being played behind closed doors – will take place on March 15 and the live action is scheduled to start at 10:30 local time.
Australia had lost five matches in a row in ODI cricket before the opening game of this series, but half-centuries from David Warner, Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuschagne led them to 258/7. New Zealand’s batting fell short in reply as Pat Cummins and Mitchell Marsh each claimed three wickets to bowl the Black Caps out for 187.
New Zealand had previously beaten India 3-0, making the defeat their first since the World Cup final – a match they only lost on boundary countback, having tied the game and the super over.
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Australia won the toss and elected to bat first last time out – a winning tactic they may be hopeful of repeating.
Sporadic showers are forecast thoughout the day in Sydney. There could be some delays to this game, as a result, but it seems likely there should at least be a result of some kind.
The SCG is usually a turning wicket, but the last match proved a good contest between bat and ball.
Australia Team News & Playing 11
AUS Team News
Mitchell Starc returned to the team last time out and, after ending their losing streak, Australia could be unchanged this time. Mitchell Marsh was selected ahead of Ashton Agar and the Aussies did not appear to regret the absence of a second front-line spinner as D’Arcy Short did not bowl and Steve Smith bowled just once over too. Kane Richardson was tested for coronavirus after displaying symptoms, but he has been passed fit.
AUS Key Players
David Warner: Set the tone at the top of the order as he and Aaron Finch reignited their excellent opening partnership. Warner hit 67 of the 124 runs they shared.
Marnus Labuschagne: After a maiden ODI century against South Africa, he started this series with 56 from 52 balls – a masterclass in ODI batting considering he only hit two boundaries.
Pat Cummins: Took his 100th ODI wicket against South Africa and has now taken 105 wickets in 64 appearances following his 3-25 last time out.
AUS Team Form
Victory in the opening game of the series was Australia’s first in six ODIs. They were below par with the bat in their 3-0 series defeat to South Africa, but half-centuries for David Warner, Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuschagne ensured they posted 258/7 last time out. In reply, New Zealand were bowled out for 187 as Pat Cummins and Mitchell Marsh took three wickets apiece.
Australia Predicted Playing 11
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, D’Arcy Short, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
New Zealand Team News & Playing 11
NZ Team News
Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson returned to the team last time out, but Matt Henry – who is also fit again – sat out. Henry, Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee could all be in contention for this second game of the series, however.
NZ Key Players
Ross Taylor: Fell short with the bat last time out but his form against India was a reminder of just how important he remains with the bat for New Zealand, particularly in ODI cricket.
Trent Boult: The world’s number one ODI bowler was tidy last time out, as he bowled 35 dot balls and conceded just two boundaries on his way to figures of 0-37 from his ten overs. He now has 164 wickets in 90 ODIs.
Kane Williamson: Unable to add to his 39 half-centuries and 13 centuries last time out, but his ODI record speaks for itself with the bat.
NZ Team Form
Defeat in the first game of this series, after being bowled out for 187 in pursuit of 259 to win, was New Zealand’s first loss since the World Cup final when, after tying the game and the super over, they lost out on boundary countback.
New Zealand Predicted Playing 11
Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi
AUS vs NZ Head to Head
Having also beaten them at last year’s World Cup, victory in the opening game of this series was Australia’s 92nd in 137 previous matches against New Zealand. David Warner, Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuschagne all hit half-centuries in a total of 258/7, and three wickets apiece for Mitchell Marsh and Pat Cummins helped bowl New Zealand out for 187 in reply.
AUS vs NZ Head to Head Stats
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