New Zealand vs. Australia 1st T20 Preview: Match Prediction

The two sides that took part in the first T20I ever gear up for a new series.

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Despite playing sixteen years ago, the two sides have only played nine games against each other.

New Zealand will be taking on Australia in a five-match series at home.

The upcoming series is the first time Australia will take part in a five T20 series.

With the series clashing with the canceled South African Test team, most Australian players were picked based on their recent Big Bash performance.

The players will hope to continue their run, while captain Aaron Finch will expect to find the touch he couldn’t get during the big bash.

Australia has yet to play a T20I this year, while New Zealand has already played six games in the short format.

New Zealand is set to play more T20s as New Zealand look to fine-tune their side ahead of the World T20 later this year.

With the Test series canceled, Australia will also be shifting its focus to T20s.

The opening game is in Christchurch.

Australia’s Team Preview:

With most of the side initially selected for a Test series, Australia is building a squad based on the BBL talent.

Josh Phillipe could make his debut after a fantastic season, and the number six spot could be a toss-up between Ashton Turner and Mitchell Marsh.

The bowling attack will consist of Kane, and Jhye Richardson, along with Jason Behrondoff.

Probable XI:

  1. Aaron Finch
  2. Josh Philippe
  3. Matthew Wade
  4. Glenn Maxwell
  5. Marcus Stoinis
  6. Mitchell Marsh/ Ashton Turner
  7. Ashton Agar
  8. Jhye Richardson
  9. Kane Richardson
  10. Adam Zampa
  11. Jason Behrondoff

New Zealand Team Preview:

In the six T20s played this year, New Zealand has had some promising performances, with Devon Conway being one of the surprise packages.

Ross Taylor misses out on the T20s, while Lockie Ferguson may be another first-choice player missing the first game due to a back injury.

After a lean season, Martin Guptill may find himself on the side again, returning to fitness and clearing the required Tests.

Predicted XI

  1. Martin Guptil
  2. Tim Seifert
  3. Kane Williamson
  4. Devon Conway
  5. Glenn Phillips
  6. Jimmy Neesham
  7. Mitchell Santner
  8. Kyle Jamieson
  9. Tim Southee
  10. Trent Boult
  11. Ish Sodhi

In the Spotlight:

Kyle Jamieson:

New Zealand
New Zealand fast bowler, Kyle Jamieson went for 15 crores in the auction.

After a promising start to his career, Kyle Jamieson secured a spectacular contract in his first IPL auction.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore bought the tall bowler fast bowler for INR fifteen Crores.

He has only played four T20s, but the reception he received in the auction is likely to boost his confidence.

Jhye Richardson:

Just like Kyle Jamieson, Jhye Richardson received a fair offer with the Kings XI Punjab.

He was involved in a bidding war, secured a new deal, and now played his first international game since 2019.

Glenn Maxwell:

Despite a poor IPL last season, Glenn Maxwell was among the bidding wars again and will now be joining the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

He endured a poor IPL but looked a completely different Australian color player when India visited.

With a good auction behind him, the all-rounder is likely to look more confident in the T20 series.

Pitch and Conditions:

The surface at the Hagley Oval is likely to be accurate, offering support to the batsmen.

The forecast looks good throughout the game.

Prediction: 

Playing on a real surface with powerful batting sides, the side batting second is likely to take an early advantage.

The sides winning the toss will undoubtedly look to field first and will enjoy batting with the target in mind.

Throughout the year Kane Williamson has been in good touch, and is a reliable batsman, especially with Martin Guptil struggling.

Sanjay Sanapoori

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