Charge down the wicket with cricket tips as the in-form New Zealanders host Australia in the second of five T20I encounters.
12:00 (AEDT), Thu 25th Feb @ University Oval, Dunedin
History: Played 10: Australia 7 V New Zealand 2 (1 Tie)
Last meeting: February 22, 2021: New Zealand d Australia by 53 runs at Hagley Oval
Final Thoughts: Australia are aiming to bounce back from a convincing 53-run loss to New Zealand in Monday’s series opener as the trans-Tasman rivals head to Dunedin for game two.
There were few positives for the visitors in Christchurch, despite making a blistering start. The Kiwis were reduced to 3/19 with Daniel Sams taking the prized scalps of Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson.
But international rookie Devon Conway rescued the Blackcaps’ innings from the wreckage. The South African-born dynamo blasted an unbeaten 99 off 59 balls. Glenn Phillips (30 off 20) and Jimmy Neesham (26 off 15) also helped steady the middle section of the innings.
Sams, Kane Richardson and Ashton Agar all went for more than 10 an over as New Zealand reached 5/184.
Australia made a similarly diabolical start to their chase, crumbling to 4/19. Aaron Finch’s miserable run continued, dismissed for 1, while debutant Josh Philippe was out for 2.
Mitch Marsh (45 off 33) and Agar (23 off 13) offered some resistance, but the Aussies were bowled out for 131 in the 18th over.
Spinner Ish Sodhi (4/28) mopped up the tail with career-best figures after Tim Southee (2/10) and Trent Boult (2/22) did the damage in the top order.
Blackcaps’ Dunedin dominance
This will be the first T20I staged at University Oval, but it’s been a happy hunting ground for the Blackcaps in the other formats. The Kiwis are unbeaten in eight Tests at the venue and have won all eight of their ODIs there.
New Zealand head into the second clash as $1.80 favourites on the strength of their big series-opening win and their generally outstanding form all summer. But an Australian side with match-winners like Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are always a dangerous proposition.
Veteran opener Matthew Wade shapes as another key figure. He was out for 12 on Monday but smashed 58 and 80 in his previous two T20I innings, against India in December. Wade also compiled an 86 for the Hurricanes in one of his three BBL appearances after returning from Test duty.