The second match of this Saturday will see a replication of the 2015 ICC World Cup final when Australia go up against New Zealand at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. The Kiwis will look to complete the revenge of the last marquee event where they finished one step ahead of lifting the trophy.
Australia hope to keep the winning streak going
The defending champions have looked dominant so far in the World Cup barring the game against India. While Aaron Finch and David Warner has led the batting, new ball bowlers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have lived up to the expectations. To top that, Jason Behrendorff’s five-wicket haul against England will give Australia the flexibility to rotate the players. Aaron Finch & Co will look to continue to play the brand of cricket they have been playing so far and keep the winning streak going.
On the other hand, New Zealand who are desperate to seal off a semi-final spot will look to ring in some changes in the playing XI. The opening pair- Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have been entirely out of form which has put pressure in the middle order. James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme have stood up to the task to bail the Kiwis, but they will be keen to solve their top-order woes. On the bowling front, Lockie Ferguson has done an exceptional job, but the new ball bowlers in Trent Boult and Matt Henry needs to chip in more as they aim to beat Aaron Finch & Co.
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Date and Venue: Australia vs New Zealand, June 29 (Saturday) at 6:00 PM IST, at Lord’s in London
Australia have dominated New Zealand so far in the World Cup winning seven of the ten games they played so far. The Aussies defeated the Kiwis the last time they met each other during the 2015 World Cup final to win the trophy for the fifth time.
It will be an intense clash when these two neighbouring countries go up against each other. Both the teams have only lost one game each so far in the tournament and have looked dominant in their campaign. But Australia going by their recent form and team combination will start ahead of the New Zealand team at Lord’s.