Wed, Feb 14, 1:36am by Staff Writer
We reach the penultimate game in the Trans-Tasman Tri-Series and tournament hosts New Zealand meet Australia, this time on the Kiwis’ turf at Eden Park in Auckland.
The two sides’ encounter on Friday is an important contest for the hosts, where victory will assure them passage to next Wednesday’s final in what will be essentially a rematch of Friday’s game with the unbeaten Aussies having already guaranteed a spot in the top two.
Friday’s match will be Australia’s first in New Zealand after their most recent matchup with England on Saturday night at the MCG. New Zealand on the other hand have played one match since then, against England in Wellington last night where they recorded a narrow 12-run victory which saw them register their first points for the tournament.
The winless English side are essentially eliminated from the tri-series unless Australia can inflict a sizeable defeat on the Kiwis on Friday night and they then defeat the Kiwis in Sunday’s final round robin game.
The Black Caps delivered with the bat yesterday accumulating 5/196 from their 20 overs, led by skipper Kane Williamson with 72 (46) and opener Martin Guptil scoring 65 (40).
With the ball it was an even performance by the Kiwis with spinning all-rounder Mitchell Santner the most impressive with 2/29 from his four over spell.
Friday’s game sees Australia a $1.71 favourite with New Zealand at $2.14.
After Monday night’s Allan Border Medal ceremony, Australia will be keen to get back to playing cricket and continue their excellent T20 form.
With the bat, D’Arcy Short is favourite in the top run scorer market for the first time in Australian colours at $4.20, with usual favourite and captain David Warner a $4.20 chance after scores of 6, 4 and 2 in his first three games of the tournament.
For New Zealand, skipper Kane Williamson and openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro lead the top run scorer market at $4.00.
Expect this game to be similar to New Zealand and England and it be a close scoring affair.
Eden Park is known for its very short straight boundaries and it could be a high scoring match. Colin Munro has yet to fire in this tournament so far, so him at $4.00 is well worth a look. The Kiwis should get one over the Aussies here to set up an exciting final next week.
Suggested Bet: Multi – David Warner ($4.20) and Colin Munro ($4.00) (top scorers) @ $16.80.
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