Australia completed an unbeaten rampage through the Tri-Series round-robin with a brilliant win over New Zealand in one of the great T20 internationals. Palmerbet Sports Team previews another titanic trans-Tasman showdown as the archrivals meet again in the final!
History: Played 8: Australia 6 V New Zealand 2.
Last meeting: February 16, 2018: Australia d New Zealand by 5 wickets at Eden Park.
Final Thoughts: Australia and New Zealand gear up for another T20I derby at Eden Park in the Tri-Series decider after producing an absolute belter at the same venue just five days earlier.
The Black Caps powered to 6/243 from their 20 overs courtesy of opening duo Martin Guptill (105 from 54 balls) and Colin Munro (76 from 33). Incredibly, the Aussies cruised in a world record run-chase, with David Warner (59 from 24), D’Arcy Short (76 from 44), Glenn Mawell (31 from 14) and Aaron Finch (36* from 14) steering the visitors to victory with seven balls to spare.
Ultimately, late wickets in the NZ innings proved crucial, with the hosts adding only 37 runs in the final four overs.
The Kiwis went down to England by two runs in Hamilton two nights later, but the narrow defeat was enough to get them into the final on run-rate after they won the first match between the sides by 12 runs. Guptill (62 from 47) and Munro (57 from 21) starred again and will be crucial to their chances in the final.
Australia went through the round-robin stage undefeated after earlier trouncing New Zealand by seven wickets in Sydney, before surging to consecutive wins over England by five wickets and seven wickets.
The Aussies head in as warm $1.53 favourites and have to be favoured to take out the Tri-Series final in the wake of their sizzling form throughout the competition and superior batting depth. Despite Warner’s return to form, BBL record-breaker Short – with scores of 30, 36* and 76 in his three international appearances – looks good value to take advantage of Eden Park’s small dimensions and top-score.