In-form Australia is going to take on mighty kiwis at Lord’s cricket ground today. Always the match between these two neighbours is always a high profile encounter and kiwis will be aiming for a victory which will help them to seal the semi-final berth and also will bring an enormous amount of confidence while leading towards the further stages of the world cup. Form of their current openers is worrying as Martin Guptill is not able to convert the starts into good scores and Colin Munro not even able to free his arms. Form of two all-rounders James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme will be brought the much-needed balance to the side. As usual Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor in the red hot form so overall it is a very good side and can upset the Aussies dream run this tournament.
Australia, on the other hand, is doing exceptionally well in this tournament and they will look to continue the momentum this match also. Their batsmen are doing very well so as their bowlers. Mitchel Starc has peaked at the right time and he is taking wickets in all phases of the match. Form of lower middle order batsmen like Marcus Stonis and Glenn Maxwell is a worrying sign for Australia but they are striking at a good rate and are not getting enough time to establish themselves in the middle. Even though their star bowler Pat Cummins has bowled well so far in the tournament but he is not among the highest wicket-takers list. A champion like him will bounce back at any time.
Both the teams have met against each other in 10 occasions and Australia have got much better record against kiwis thanks to their strong performance in last five editions of the tournament. Despite being a good side over the years New Zealand failed to replicate their performance in ICC events and this clearly reflects in their past record. They have won 3 out of the 7 matches they have played against each other.
Expected playing XI:
Kane Williamson (C), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, and Lockie Ferguson.
Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (WK), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Jason Behrendorff.
Players to watch out for:
Master of classical batting Kane Williamson is his prime form right from the tournament. So far he has scored three fifties and 2 hundred and he will look to continue the same performance in this match also. With openers struggling he performance is vital for New Zealand in order to seal the semi-final berth without many hurdles.
Ross Taylor has been in the form of his life and already contributed heavily for team’s cause. He will look to repeat the same performance in this match that will help his team to pull off a victory against defending champions Australia.
With David Warner struggling to score briskly the onus has fallen to Aaron Finch to give a flying start to their team. So far a very good tournament for the Aussie captain and he will look to continue against arch-rivals New Zealand today.
Mitchell Starc has been doing his perfectly than any other top bowlers in the tournament. He is taking wickets at the initial overs as well as he is taking wickets at middle and death overs which is help Aussies a lot and they will expect the same performance from him today also
Both teams are high profile teams and got enough match winners so it is going to be the high octane encounter today. With the chance for rain is dim team batting first will have a slight advantage to put up a big score on board.