New Zealand vs Australia – 5th T20 International Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is New Zealand vs Australia taking place? Saturday, March 6th, 2021 – 23:00 (UK)

Where is New Zealand vs Australia taking place? Westpac Stadium, Wellington

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs Australia? 18c cloudy but no rain forecast

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
Australia beat New Zealand by 50 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

  • After taking a 2-0 lead in this five-game series, New Zealand have now been pegged back to 2-2 so there is all to play for in this deciding game in Wellington and the hosts will have to snap this losing dynamic.
  • Mitch Santner came back into the side on Friday and was their best bowler on a tough track for batsmen but they will not have been pleased with some of their bowling while none of their batsmen were able to get score big and settle on that pitch.
  • They are unlikely to change the team around for this game so the same eleven should keep their place unless they want to give Mark Chapman a chance ahead of Jimmy Neesham, while it would not be a surprise to switch Tim Seifert at the top of the order and give Glenn Phillips a chance to open.

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia have fought back in this series and after two relatively comfortable victories, they will be full of confidence coming into this decider especially having won both games at the same venue as this final match.
  • The game on Friday was very much a classic case of waiting to see both teams bat on the pitch before assessing the first innings score and Aaron Finch produced another matchwinning innings as his 79 was the standout knock.
  • They are also set to go with the same starting line-up for this game given how well they are playing and this line-up gives them plenty of flexibility depending in bowling conditions so they are expected to be unchanged.

THE PREDICTION

This series has been intriguing with the hosts taking a two-game lead and the Aussies hitting back to level it up so it is finely poised coming into this decider. Australia have enjoyed conditions in Wellington more than the hosts and that does give them something of an edge here. They will enjoy batting first and are clearly preferring to get runs on the board and create scoreboard pressure which the hosts are struggling with. Whoever wins the toss will surely bat first and that could give them the advantage. Pre-toss however, it is Australia who have to be favoured on form with bat and ball.

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