On Thursday (25th February), the hosts New Zealand and the visitors Australia will face each other in the second game of the five-match T20I series at University Oval (Dunedin).
Currently, the hosts are leading this T20I series by 1-0 after winning the first match of this T20I series by 53 runs. While New Zealand scored 184/5, Australia were bowled out for just 131 runs.
New Zealand vs Australia 2021, 2nd T20I: Match Preview
The hosts New Zealand have started this T20I series in a great way as they thrashed the visitors by 53 runs. Surely, they want to continue this momentum in the next game, who only lost one game in their last six completed T20Is.
Devon Conway is in firing form with the bat as he has scored fifties in all the last five T20s. Before scoring the game-changing 99 not out in this T20I series opener, Conway also scored 50, 69*, 91* and 93* runs respectively (oldest to latest). Also, he has scored fifties in the last two T20Is. Though captain Kane Williamson scored only 12 runs in the previous T20I, it was a rare flop for him in the present season as he is also in superb form with the bat.
New Zealand want to get a good start in their innings while opener Martin Guptill is continuously struggling. The middle-order batsmen played the good roles in the T20I series opener but the top-orders need to provide better starts.
In the first T20I of this series, leggie Ish Sodhi took four wickets while both the new-ball pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult scalped two wickets each.
Kane Williamson (C), Hamish Bennett, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee
Recent T20I form (oldest to latest): No Result, Won, Won, Lost and Won
The visitors Australia started the T20I series opener positively but once again they failed to maintain the pressure as they suffered another T20I defeat. Australia need to be more consistent in this format, especially when they will participate in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in this year.
Pacers Daniel Sams and Jhye Richardson provided the very good start by picking up the first three wickets very early, but the other bowlers failed to continue that momentum.
Chasing down the 185 runs target, Australia lost most of their top big names very early as once they were deeply struggling on 19/4. Only Mitchell Marsh (45) and Ashton Agar (23) reached the 20-run mark in that innings. Surely, the visitors have to improve their performances and that too in quick moments to make a comeback in this T20I series.
Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Tanveer Sangha, D’Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.
Recent T20I form (oldest to latest): Won, Lost, Lost, Won and Lost
New Zealand vs Australia 2021, 2nd T20I: Match Prediction
New Zealand are in very good form at home while the Australian team is struggling in the T20I cricket. While the hosts are currently leading this T20I series by the 1-0 with four to go, they have the upper hand in this T20I series.