Australia vs. New Zealand
|Date & Time||Saturday June 29, 2019, 8:30 AM (EDT)|
New Zealand 2.50 Australia 1.57
New Zealand face Australia at Lord’s on Saturday in a top of the table clash. Australia sit at the top of the pile with 12 points from their 7 matches whilst the Black Caps are one point behind them in second place. Australia were the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of this year’s World Cup whilst New Zealand, barring a miracle, will also be joining them in the last four.
The Aussies claimed a comfortable win over fierce rivals England in their last match. Captain Aaron Finch scored another century to smash his team to victory after England opted to bowl. David Warner scored 53 runs from 61 balls and continued his sublime form with the bat. Alex Carey made 38 from 27 in a useful cameo appearance at the end of the innings.
Despite their explosive batting, Australia’s bowlers stole the show. Jason Behrendorff claimed a 5-wicket haul and went for 44 runs from his 10 overs. The English batsmen also could not contain Mitchell Starc as he finished with figures of 4/43 from 8.4 overs. Australia’s pacemen tore through a strong England batting line up and made it look easy.
Mitchell Starc is now the leading wicket taker at the tournament with 19 whilst fellow quick Pat Cummins has 11 wickets to his name so far. Australia also top the batting charts. David Warner sits first with 500 runs from the opening 7 matches and Aaron Finch is just behind him in second place with 496.
In New Zealand’s last match, they were narrowly beaten by Pakistan in a tight and exciting encounter. They did well to recover after an early batting collapse and finished on 237/6 from their 50 overs. At one stage the Black Caps were 83/5.
James Neesham led the chase with a brave 97 from 112 deliveries. The all-rounder did well to steady the innings but ultimately couldn’t help his side to victory. Colin de Grandhomme also batted well and chipped in with 64 runs.
New Zealand’s bowlers have been excellent so far in the competition but struggled against Pakistan. Lockie Ferguson has 15 wickets to his name so far but could only manage figures of 1/50. Trent Boult finished with figures of 1/48 from his 10 overs whilst captain Kane Williamson picked up a wicket after a disappointing innings with the bat.
Both Australia and New Zealand are among the favorites to lift the trophy on July 14. New Zealand were unbeaten before their loss to Pakistan and only India have managed to beat Australia so far. The two teams meet hoping to claim a win and aid their chances of finishing at the top of the table. There is a great rivalry between the Aussies and the Kiwis and it’s certain to be a tight match.
I’m going to side with Australia and predict that they will continue their fine form with another win on Saturday. They have been blowing teams away whilst New Zealand have struggled in some matches.