Sun, Feb 18, 9:46am by Staff Writer
The first ever Trans-Tasman triangular T20 International series is approaching an exciting climax, following the record breaking T20I on Friday night at Auckland’s Eden Park.
The Kiwis posted a formidable 6-243 from its 20 overs, led by openers Martin Guptill, who top scored with 105 (54), and Colin Munro 76 (33). The total looked set to see them guarantee progression to next week’s final.
However David Warner’s Australian side had other ideas with Warner and fellow opener D’Arcy Short taking a leaf out of the Black Caps book to chalk up their own 100 run partnership at the top of the order.
By the time Warner was dismissed for 59 from 24 balls, Australia were 1-121 from just 8.3 overs, a ridiculous rate of scoring. Short went on to top score with 76 (44) and the solid middle order contributions from Glenn Maxwell (31 from 13 balls) and Aaron Finch (36 not out from 14 balls), Australia were able to coast to a 5 wicket victory with amazingly seven balls to spare.
With Australia finishing their four round robin games with a 4-0 record, they will await the winner of this evening’s clash between New Zealand and England to be played at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
England will head into this contest a narrow $1.85 favourite with New Zealand at $1.95.
With New Zealand’s bowlers unable to defend 243 runs on Friday night, it remains to be seen whether their bowling will regroup to turn around things just two days later.
This game seems a bit of a toss up as England would be keen to turn in a winning performance after losing their first three matches of the series, whilst the Kiwis would fancy themselves to win at home off the back of impressive showings with the bat their past two games scoring 195 and 243.
There are a number of interesting markets available for this contest including highest run scorer double, win / top team run scorer double and margin betting.
The ‘six and out’ market offers the option of selecting a player to both score a six and take a wicket. England’s David Willey is both an effective bowler and handy striker with the bat and a good candidate for meeting the ‘six and out’ criteria today.
Suggested Bet: David Willey (Six and Out) @ $3.50
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