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Series: Australia tour of New Zealand, 2021
Match: New Zealand vs Australia, 3rd T20I
Date: Wednesday, March 03, 2021
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Time: 07:00 Local / 06:00 GMT / 11:00 PST
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The 3rd of the 5-match T20I bilateral series between New Zealand and Australia will be played on 3rd March at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
In the two games of the five-match series so far, New Zealand have brought in a lot more dynamism and ability in the myriad phases of the shortest format compared to their opposition. Australia have suffered two contrasting, but equally sapping defeats, leaving them on the cusp of surrendering the series at the earliest juncture.
In the first T20I, the Australian bowlers were guilty of letting New Zealand bounce back from an early top-order collapse, and in the second game they just failed to put a lid on the run-making in the unforgiving venue of Dunedin, making its T20I debut. In both these games though, worrying patterns have emerged for Australia – their lacklustre middle-overs bowling.
A lot of New Zealand’s success in the past week has been down to acing the middle-overs with the bat – they smashed 80 off 8 overs between overs 7 and 15 in the first game, and managed 104 in the same period in the second game. While Australia too have had some success in this phase with the bat, it’s the lack of control with the ball that has hurt them the most.
Besides getting his bowlers to tighten up in this important period of play, Aaron Finch will also look to shrug off his prolonged rut with the bat. The Aussie skipper’s poor form from BBL 2020-21 [179 runs in 13 innings at an average of 13.77] has spilled over to the T20I series, scoring 1 and 12 in the series so far.
Pitch report & Weather report:
It’s a good wicket to bat on in the initial overs, but it might get tougher in the second half. The quick bowlers can expect bounce out of the surface. Chasing over 160 plus scores is always difficult in this venue. The team batting first has won most of the matches played here, hence whoever wins the toss should bat first on this wicket.
It will be cloudy in the evening here in Wellington. The temperature will be constant at 19 degrees Celsius and the humidity levels are high at 78 percent. The chances of precipitation for this match are low.
The venue will be hosting its first T20I and the bowlers can expect another rough day. The scores in Super Smash ahead of this game have been 223, 170, 167, 168, 191 and 155 with two of those being won by the side batting first
Probable Playing XI:
Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Matthew Wade (wk), Aaron Finch (c), Josh Philippe, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Daniel Sams, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
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