Australia vs New Zealand, 1st T20 Match Prediction 22 Feb 2021

New Zealand vs Australia 2021

Australia vs New Zealand, 1st T20 Match Prediction


Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand

Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand
Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand


7.49 131/10 in 17.3
9.20 184/5 in 20.0

New Zealand

7.49 131/10 in 17.3
9.20 184/5 in 20.0 Cricbettingbuzz
Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand
Cricbettingbuzz Toss Winner - Australia won the toss and chose to bowl first
Cricbettingbuzz New Zealand beat Australia by 53 runs

Man of the Match: Devon Conway

AUS vs NZ Prediction

Shoaib Z.

Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand and Australia lock horns in T20I series opener

  • At home, New Zealand managed to register series victories over teams like West Indies and Pakistan.
  • Wicket-keeper Tim Seifert and Tim Southee have been consistent performers for New Zealand in the 20-over format.
  • Skipper Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar have been standout performers for Australia in the T20 format.

Expect New Zealand to register a hard-fought win over Australia.

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Match Preview

After achieving a lot of success against West Indies and Pakistan, New Zealand will be looking to maintain their winning streak in home conditions, when they take on Australia in the first of five-match T20I series to be played at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday.

Host New Zealand have announced their full-strength for the five-match series. Scott Kuggeleijn,   Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell and Todd Astle have been dropped, while the likes of Devon Conway, Mark Chapman have been retained after doing well against Pakistan in the T20I series.

On the other hand, Australia have rewarded players who did exceedingly well in this year’s Big Bash League.  With David Warner, Steven Smith, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins rested for the T20I series, there will be opportunities for young players to showcase their talent with bat and ball against New Zealand.

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The home side will be sweating over the fitness of Martin Guptill, who is suffering from hamstring. The selectors have included in the squad and given him time to recover from injury. Uncapped batsman Finn Allen has been as a reserve player in case Guptill is ruled out of the T20I series.

In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips and Tim Seifert to deliver the bulk of the runs.

Wicket-keeper Tim Seifert has been a consistent performer for New Zealand at the top of the innings. In 19 T20I matches, Seifert has accumulated 487 runs at an average of 32.46 with four half-centuries to their name.

Last year, Glenn Phillips also delivered match-winning performances for New Zealand. In a game against West Indies, Phillips broke the record for the fastest hundred by New Zealand batsman in the 20-over format.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on the pace trio of Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson to provide crucial breakthroughs.

Since Feb 2019, Pacer Tim Southee is leading the bowling charts for New Zealand in the T20 format. In 17 matches, Southee has claimed 20 wickets at an economy rate of 7.96.

Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi will be prominent spinners for the side for this series.

Australia Actual Playing XI:

Aaron Finch, Daniel Sams, Jhye Richardson, KW Richardson, Ashton Agar, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Marcus Stoinis, Josh Philippe, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Marsh

Australia Predicted Playing XI

Kane Williamson (captain), Tim Seifert, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Hamish Bennett, Kyle Jamieson

New Zealand

On the other hand, Australia will be without their premier players like David Warner, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Steve Smith, who have been rested for the trans-tasman series.

Aaron Finch will lead the side for the five-match T20I series against New Zealand. Uncapped batsman Josh Philippe and spinner Tanveer Sangha have earned their maiden call-up to the national side for the T20I series.

In the absence of Warner and Smith, the likes of Matthew Wade, Ben McDermott and D’Arcy Short will have a great opportunity to make an impression with the bat and cement their place in the T20I squad.

In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Aaron Finch to get the side off to good starts. The middle duo of Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis will be given the task of producing big runs in the last 10 overs of the innings.

In the bowling department, the new-ball pair of Jason Behrendroff and Kane Richardson will be keen to make early inroads for Australia. Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa will be certain starters in the XI for this game.

New Zealand Actual Playing XI:

Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, KS Williamson, Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, James Neesham, TG Southee, Kyle Jamieson

New Zealand Predicted Playing XI

Aaron Finch (captain), Matthew Wade, Josh Philippe, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendroff, Adam Zampa.

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 21 0 mm. 2.91 k/h From: E 16%
03h 22 0 mm. 4.48 k/h From: ENE 78%
06h 20 0 mm. 4.34 k/h From: ENE 72%
09h 18 0 mm. 2.07 k/h From: ENE 97%
12h 17 0 mm. 2.32 k/h From: NW 99%
15h 17 0 mm. 2.9 k/h From: NNW 99%
18h 16 0 mm. 3.72 k/h From: NNW 62%
21h 23 0 mm. 5.26 k/h From: NNW 61%

With sunny weather expected for Monday’s game, the wicket is going to provide an interesting contest between bat and ball.

Venue Details

Hagley Oval in Christchurch is going to host the opening game of the T20I series between New Zealand and Australia.

New Zealand suffered defeat in the only T20I game played against England on 1st November, 2019.

Toss Prediction

That the side that wins the toss, would be keen to bowl first and exploit the pitch conditions.

Winning Prediction

Based on recent performances, New Zealand will fancy their chances of beating Australia in this opening fixture. With likes of Tim Seifert, Glenn Phillips and Kane Williamson showing excellent form with the bat in home conditions, New Zealand will be looking to deliver a clinical performance.

Expect New Zealand to register a hard-fought win over Australia.

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