Tue, Feb 20, 12:13am by Staff Writer
After Sunday night’s thrilling conclusion to the round robin component of the tri-series, Australia and New Zealand will meet in Wednesday’s final at Auckland’s Eden Park.
New Zealand and England met on Sunday evening to decide who will progress through to meet the Aussies. Despite defeating New Zealand by two runs, England were unable to advance to the final due to an inferior net run rate to the Kiwis, after both sides finished their four round robin games with one win.
Despite losing to England, New Zealand will head into the final with numerous positives, particularly the damaging form of their opening batting pair Martin Guptill and Colin Munro who scored 62 (47) and 57 (21) respectively.
Despite not top scoring in the past two games, Munro has scored 133 runs in those matches off an unbelievable 54 balls, reminding us of the form he had prior to the tri-series where he peeled off T20 international tons against India and the West Indies in November and January.
Tim Southee was able to emerge from England’s 7/194 batting onslaught on Sunday with a terrific return of 2/22 from his four overs and will be integral for New Zealand in Wednesday’s final.
Australia head into Wednesday a clear cut favourite at $1.55 with the hosts available at $2.46.
With Australia not having lost a game in the tournament to date and having defeated the Kiwis at Eden Park last Friday when they chased down 244 in a canter with seven balls to spare, it is hard to bet against them in this form.
With top order batsmen dominating the scorecards for both sides throughout the competition, the final may see the middle order come to the fore to determine title honours. For Australia, you can get Glenn Maxwell ($6.00), Aaron Finch ($9.00) and Marcus Stoinis ($14.00) all at sizeable odds and New Zealand’s Mark Chapman ($6.50), Tom Bruce ($8.00) and Ross Taylor ($9.00) at similar value.
Given his current form and handy contributions in the middle order, Finch presents terrific value and is well worth a look despite batting at number five.
Suggested Bet: Aaron Finch (Top Australia Run Scorer) @ $9.00
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