5th T20I New Zealand vs Australia Fantasy Tips – Key Players, Probable XI & More

The five-match T20I series currently stands levelled at 2-2.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 6 March 2021 9:45 pm

Match Details

Date: March 7, 2021

Time: 4:30 AM (IST)

Venue: Wellington Regional Stadium

Live Ball-by-Ball Commentary: SportsTiger App

Preview:

It has all come down to the wire between rivals New Zealand and Australia in the five-match T20I series. While the hosts won the first two fixtures and seemed to be the favorites to clinch the series, it was the Aussies who bounced back to take the next two matches. Martin Guptill and Devon Conway have been the star performers with the bat for the Kiwis but the rest of the batsmen need to up their game if they want to win the series. Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi and Trent Boult have been doing the bulk of the damage for them with the ball.

The biggest positive for the visiting side, on the other hand, would be the confidence they would carry coming into this match. While skipper Aaron Finch has been the highest run-scorer in the series so far, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis have also looked in fine nick too. Ashton Agar and Kane Richardson would look to lead the attack as they prep up to win the series in the decider on Sunday.

Weather Report:

Pitch Report:

Key Players:

Aaron Finch:

Matches- 4 | Runs- 161 | Avg- 53.66 | SR-140.00

Ish Sodhi:

Matches- 4 | Wickets- 10 | Avg- 13.30 | ER- 8.86

Analysis:

With the series poised at 1-1, New Zealand need an inspiring performance from skipper Kane Williamson especially after their batting collapses in the last two T20Is. Given that spinners might play a decisive role in the match, he can consider himself a spinning option something which he hasn't done in the shortest format since early 2018. Williamson could be the perfect sheet anchor to the Kiwi side something which Finch has been able to do in Australia's campaign.

Meanwhile, the cutters and slower one of Kane Richardson could be the key for Australia. Given the way that he has bowled, Richardson's spell could be crucial in the context of the decider because if their bowling attack manages to keep the Black Caps quiet in their own conditions yet again, there is every reason to believe they can beat New Zealand and claim the series.

People's Pick:

Probable Playing XI

New Zealand:

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

Australia:

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

Team 1:

Team 2:

Best 14

Wicket-keepers: Tim Seifert, Matthew Wade, Josh Philippe

Batsmen: Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Devon Conway, Aaron Finch

All-Rounders: Ashton Agar, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Santner

Bowlers: Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Kane Richardson

Disclaimer: The fantasy tips and facts expressed within this article are personal opinion of the author. They do not reflect the views of SportsTiger. It is not a reflection of the actual points you might earn. SportsTiger does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.