Date: 25 February, 2021
Time: 6:30 AM IST
Venue: University Oval, Dunedin
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After New Zealand thrashed Australia by 53 runs in the series opener at Hagley Oval, the action now shifts to Dunedin for the second T20I of the 5-match series. The hosts must be riding high on confidence after their comprehensive performance on Monday. On the other hand, the visitors will have a few causes of concern coming into this contest. While the Kiwis will look to double their lead, Aaron Finch’s side will aim to level the series. With so much to play for both the sides, the stage is perfectly set for a thrilling contest on Thursday.
The hosts are expected to go with the same team that featured in the last match. Mark Chapman and Hamish Bennett, who missed the last T20I, are probably going to be the ones to miss out once again.
The visitors might consider to make one or two changes to the side that played on Monday. Jason Behrendorff, Riley Meredith, Tanveer Sangha and Andrew Tye are the few bowling options that Australia might look at.
Matches: 67 | Runs: 2150 | Average: 37.07 | SR: 153.9 | HS: 172
Matches: 63 | Runs: 1735 | Average: 32.74 | SR: 124.73 | HS: 95
New Zealand registered a clinical win against Australia in the first T20I. Batting first, Devon Conway’s heroic knock (99* off 59) guided the Kiwis to a mammoth total of 184/5. While Glenn Phillips (30 off 20) and James Neesham (26 off 15) also played handy knocks, the hosts will be slightly worried about their top order. Martin Guptill (0) and Tim Seifert (1) had a disappointing outing and will be keen to make immense in this contest. The bowling department delivered as always as the fast-bowling duo of Trent Boult (2/22) and Tim Southee (2/10) completely rattled Aussies top-order. Ish Sodhi (4/28) did the rest as the Kiwis went on to win the match quite comfortably.
Australia, on the other hand, will come into this contest with a lot of doubts in their mind. While Jhye Richardson (2/30) and Daniel Sams (2/40) were impressive with the ball, the trio of Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Ashton Agar remained wicketless. Chasing a huge target, it was a completely dismal batting performance from the Aussies. Mitchell Marsh (45 off 33) was their leading run-scorer as six Australian players registered single-digit scores. They would certainly be hoping to come up with a better performance when the two sides meet again on Thursday.
Probable Playing XI
Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Devon Conway, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
Aaron Finch (c), Matthew Wade (wk), Josh Philippe, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Daniel Sams, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Jhye Richardson
Wicketkeepers: Tim Seifert, Matthew Wade
Batsmen: Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Devon Conway, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis
All Rounders: James Neesham, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Santner
Bowlers: Jhye Richardson, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
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