The hosts New Zealand and the visitors Australia will take on each other in the first T20I of the five-match T20I series at Hagley Oval (Christchurch) on this Monday (22nd February).
It will be their first T20I meeting since February 2018. In their latest head-to-head T20I contest, Australia won all the last three T20Is as New Zealand last time beat this neighbouring country in T20I on 18th March 2016 (during the ICC World T20 2016).
While it is the year of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, both teams will now take this format seriously. So, this T20I series is going to be very crucial for both these teams.
New Zealand vs Australia 2021, 1st T20I: Weather Forecast
The T20I series opener between New Zealand and Australia will be played at Hagley Oval (Christchurch) on Monday evening. This match has been scheduled to begin at 07:00 PM (19:00) local time.
According to the weather forecast, the sky can be cloudy for the entire day but there is no threat of raining for the entire day. The temperature of the day can be between 23°C and 16°C. However, during the game time, the temperature can be between 18°C and 15°C. So, we can expect an exciting uninterrupted T20I match on Monday at Christchurch.
New Zealand vs Australia 2021, 1st T20I: Pitch Report
Hagley Oval (Christchurch) will host this T20I match between New Zealand and Australia. It will be only the second T20I match at this venue. On 1st November 2019, New Zealand and England played a T20I match at this venue where the visitors England won that match by 7 wickets.
Recently, this venue hosted some T20 matches during the Super Smash 2020/21. While the 150+ targets were mostly chaseable, the first batting side successfully defended the 180+ total during the first T20 match of this season. This venue hasn’t shown high-scoring attitude in the T20 format of this season. Off-spinner and medium pacers are useful at this T20 venue.