New Zealand vs Australia – 2nd T20 International Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is New Zealand vs Australia taking place? Thursday, February 25th, 2021 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is New Zealand vs Australia taking place? University Oval, Dunedin

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs Australia? 17c with sunshine and cloudy intervals

What channel is New Zealand vs Australia on? The match will be televised live on BT Sport 1

Where can I stream New Zealand vs Australia? The match can be streamed live the BT Sport app and website

LAST MEETING
New Zealand beat Australia by 53 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

  • New Zealand produced a superb all-round performance in the opening T20 match to go one up in the five-game series but while they will be expecting a reaction from the Australian side, they will know they have plenty of improvement to make themselves.
  • Despite being reduced to just 19/3 in the first game, they fought back superbly well with Devon Conway smashing a sensational 99 not out from 59 balls but they will have concerns over the top order and Martin Guptill in particular who continues to struggle right now.
  • With Mark Chapman and Hamish Bennett being the two players to miss out of that opening match, it seems unlikely either will be brought in after such a good performance so an unchanged eleven appears most likely for this second game.

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia were comprehensively beaten in the opening T20 in Christchurch and they will know they have to improve significantly with the bat and their death bowling especially if they are to bounce back here.
  • Very few players other than Mitch Marsh and Jhye Richardson came out of that game with any real credit so there is a good chance they name the same team to give them another chance to produce.
  • Similar to Guptill, skipper Aaron Finch is under some pressure to get runs here but he will surely retain his place while the only possible change could be in the bowling attack with Jason Behrendorff potentially coming in to add a different dimension with his left-arm pace.

THE PREDICTION

It was the Blackcaps who drew first blood in this series in Christchurch and they will be eager to keep the pressure on as the series moves to Dunedin. Australia will surely come back all guns blazing here and their batting especially is too good not to bounce back. They may be a little conservative early in their innings against the swing that Southee and Boult can produce but they are going to have to score heavily to compete against the hosts whose middle order is in superb form. Both teams have weaknesses and players our of form but there are more form players in the home side and unless Australia can significantly raise their performance levels, they could suffer a second defeat in a row. Without their stars men like Warner, Cummins, Starc and Smith, it will not be easy to pick themselves up and preference goes to the home side again.

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