Date: March 7, 2021
Time: 4:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Wellington Regional Stadium
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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.
Matches- 4 | Runs- 161 | Avg- 53.66 | SR-140.00
Matches- 4 | Wickets- 10 | Avg- 13.30 | ER- 8.86
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.
Probable Playing XI
Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Aaron Finch (c), Matthew Wade (wk), Josh Philippe, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Riley Meredith
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
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