Australia vs New Zealand, 2nd ONE-DAY Match Prediction2020-03-16
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
New Zealand’s challenge to win first ODI in Australia since 2009!
Australia to win this game!
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Fortunes change in cricket pretty fast. Australia had come into this series after a whitewash against South Africa and New Zealand after whitewashing the Indian side. But the tables turned in the first game where the Australians won comprehensively by 71 runs. The match was played in front of empty stands due to the fear of coronavirus and it wasn’t a pleasant sight for any cricket fan in the world.
As the two sides go into the next game the Aussies would have plans to seal the series while the Kiwis would be looking to level it. The Kiwis have lost the last seven games they have played on Australian soil with their last victory coming way back in 2009 when only one member of the present squad Ross Taylor was in the team. An entire generation of Kiwi cricketers hasn’t won an ODI game in Australia. This is likely to play in their minds. The Australians would like to use this psychological edge going into the next game.
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Aaron Finch would have been happy to win the first game comfortably after the series whitewash in South Africa. But the batting form of the middle order would surely be worrying the captain. This is one area they will look to improve upon as they head into the next game. Finch and David Warner have looked in good form and they provided a good start in the last game. The pair would look to repeat the same show again in the second ODI.
Steven Smith and D’Arcy Short need to play well after missing out in the last game. With Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey in the lower order the side has got a strong batting to follow and these players would be looking to trouble the Kiwi bowlers.
The pace trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have troubled opponents in recent games and they will look to start from where they had left in the last match. Mitchell Marsh and Adam Zampa bowled miserly spells in the last game and with Steven Smith and D’Arcy Short in the squad Australians have good bowling options up their sleeves.
Kane Williamson will need to go back to the drawing board ahead of the next game. His side bowled well but their batting was poor in the last outing. They haven’t won a game in Australia in the last 11 years and one in Sydney in 18 years. The side needs to recover from this loss to pose a challenge to the Australians when they walk out at the SCG.
Martin Guptill looked in good form with the bat but there was hardly any contribution from others. Henry Nicholls needs to support Guptill at the top. Williamson, Ross Taylor, and Tom Latham will need to steer the innings in the middle order. With Colin de Grandhomme and James Neesham down the order, the side will be looking to bat better than they did in the last game.
Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson did well with the ball in the last game and they will look to grab early wickets in the upcoming match knowing the strength of Australian openers. Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner also looked in good form with the ball. They need to restrict the hosts to a small total keeping in mind their struggling batting line-up.
|C de Grandhomme||25||26||3||0||96.15|
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||21||0.25 mm.||5.79 k/h||From: S||69%|
|03h||23||0.44 mm.||5.36 k/h||From: SSE||84%|
|06h||22||0.31 mm.||5.1 k/h||From: SSE||56%|
|09h||17||0.75 mm.||4.13 k/h||From: S||24%|
|12h||15||0.56 mm.||3.66 k/h||From: S||44%|
|15h||14||0.19 mm.||3.47 k/h||From: SW||15%|
|18h||16||1.56 mm.||3.25 k/h||From: S||45%|
|21h||17||1.75 mm.||3.59 k/h||From: S||88%|
There are predictions for rain in Sydney on March 15. The track at Sydney looked on the slower side in the last game where the ball wasn’t coming on to the bat nicely. The doubled paced nature of the surface caused problems for the batsmen. The bowlers had a good run in the last game and shall be looking to make good use of the conditions. A score of 280 runs would be a fighting total here.
Sydney Cricket Ground is one of the toughest wickets in Australia to bat on. The pitch is slow and the large size of the boundaries makes batting a big challenge here. Fast bowlers do well with the new ball at this venue but it is the spinners who have always enjoyed the slow turn that is available on the wicket.
The last few games at Sydney have seen the side batting first winning most games. The pitch tends to get slower as the game progresses which makes it difficult to hit through the line. The side that wins the toss is likely to opt for batting first on this surface.
It is a must-win game for New Zealand to save the series after the ordinary performance they came up with the first game. Their batsmen failed to adjust to the condition which was surprising to see after the kind of form they displayed against India. Australia is having a dream run at home and they haven’t lost anything here in the last four months. Their bowlers have done well in recent games and this would make them favorites going into this game.
Australia to win this game!
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