New Zealand vs. Australia
|Date & Time||Saturday June 29, 2019, 8:30 AM (EDT)|
Australia -137 / New Zealand +175
Australia will play against New Zealand in the 2019 ICC World Cup.
Australia secured qualification after defeating England in their previous outing. As it currently stands, Australia have 12 points from 7 games having only lost once. Australia have secured qualification into the semifinals.
Australia were outstanding against England as they won by 64 runs.
Aaron Finch continued his supreme form by scoring 100 while David Warner contributed with a half-century. Unfortunately, the middle-order failed again for Australia but the top order scored enough runs. Australia finished their innings with 285 runs although they would have expected to score a lot more at the 25 over mark.
The bowling was outstanding for Australia. Jason Behrendorff was the star performer as the seam bowler took 5 wickets. Mitchell Starc was also outstanding as he took the vital wickets of Joe Root and Ben Stokes. The addition of Nathan Lyon has also strengthened the Australian team as the spin bowler adds experience and accuracy.
Australia will look to maintain their winning momentum but it will be a challenge considering they are playing a very talented New Zealand side.
Looking at New Zealand, the Kiwis sit comfortably with 11 points from 7 games. In their previous outing, New Zealand were beaten by Pakistan.
It was a poor performance with the bat by New Zealand as they only managed 237 runs in their 50 overs. Colin de Grandhomme (64) and Jimmy Neesham (97*) both scored half-centuries but the rest of the batting failed. The likes of Colin Munro, Tom Latham and Martin Guptill look terribly out of form and that is a potential problem.
The bowling was solid as Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson bowled with pace and skill. New Zealand lacked a quality spinner as the likes of Williamson and Satner got turn but were not good enough to beat the Pakistan batsmen. The score of 237 was never enough runs and the team lost by 6 wickets.
This match is set to be played at Lord’s. Australia will be familiar with this ground considering it is the venue where they played England. Both Australia and New Zealand should enjoy the conditions at Lord’s as it favors fast bowling.
While New Zealand have had a good tournament, I see Australia winning this match. Following the win against England, Australia seem to have found the perfect balance and they have all their bases covered. The Kiwis are lacking a quality spinner while Australia have sorted that problem with the addition of Nathan Lyon. Australia seem to have all the momentum on their side and I see them being good enough to defeat the Kiwis.