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Australia vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Preview

by  Neel Ashar  •  Last updated on 2021-02-24 13:08:25

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After annihilating Australia by 55 runs in the 1st T20I, New Zealand will look forward to extending the winning streak at the University Oval in Dunedin, come 25th February, Thursday. A depleted Australian side sans Smith, Warner, Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood could not provide enough resistance to a nearly full-strength New Zealand outfit. Apart from Jhye Richardson with the ball, the Aussies had a torrid time in the first match. They have plenty to introspect and correct in this match if they are to have any chance of maintaining their supremacy over the Kiwis in this format. -

Match Preview

Venue: University Oval, Dunedin

Date: 25 February 2021

Time: 6:30 A.M. IST

The Pitch Report

The pitch is expected to be flat at the University Oval in Dunedin, New Zealand. The ground has small dimensions and will help the batsmen to hit through the line throughout the match. Bowlers need to resort to pace variations and bowl according to the set fields. Expect a heyday for the batsmen. 

Weather Forecast

The weather is expected to be pleasant in Dunedin. There is a 19 per cent chance for rain. Temperatures will soar as high as 26 Degrees and dip as low as 16 Degree Celsius. The relative humidity is predicted to be 41 per cent. Also, winds will blow from the North-East direction to the South-West at a maximum speed of 13 kilometres per hour. 

Predicted Match XIs

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Devon Conway, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Matthew Wade (wk), Josh Philippe, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Daniel Sams, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Jhye Richardson