Match: Australia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Date and time: March 13 2020, at 9.00 AM IST
The first game of the three-match series between the Trans-Tasman rivals will be held at the historical Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. A match between two competitive sides is always anticipated as it allows the fans to choose the best players while playing the fantasy cricket game. Go to the new fantasy cricket site Howzat and download the best fantasy cricket app to enjoy the thrill of this cricket battle. After selecting the match, pick your own best team and join a fantasy cricket league to win cash prizes.
To stay updated on the match and learn fantasy cricket tips, read on.
Australia vs New Zealand prediction
Preview: The World Cup finalist New Zealand will enter the three-match ODI series high on confidence after they defeated India 3-0 in the 50-over format last month. Playing at home, the Kiwis were led by debutant K Jamieson and stalwart R Taylor as the hosts got the better of the strong Indian team. The Black Caps will be bolstered by the return of T Boult and L Ferguson, who missed the last series due to injury. The Aussies, on the other hand, walk into the series on the back of a whitewash, which they received at the hands of the South Africans just last week. The Aussies have lost their last two ODI series, going down 1-2 to India in Asia and then 0-3 to the Proteas in South Africa, and will be eager to come back to form with a fine showing against New Zealand.
Toss: The wicket at Sydney has something in it for both batsmen and bowlers. Fast bowlers will get some help from the swinging conditions upfront, but as the match progresses, it will become a fine batting wicket. Teams that win the toss might opt to bowl first, while the team batting first will target a score of around 290.
Weather and pitch conditions: A sunny and a humid day is on the cards with no chances of rain. Humidity will be in the high sixties, and there will be steady wind throughout the game.
Australia: Probable Playing 11 and Key Players
Probable playing 11: A Finch (capt), S Smith, D Warner, M Labuschagne, M Marsh, A Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, J Hazlewood, M Starc, A Zampa, D’Arcy Short
Key players: M Labuschagne made his ODI debut earlier this year in the series against India and has had decent form in the six games that he has played thus far. He has scored 249 runs in 5 innings that he has batted in, scoring runs at an average of less than 50. With a strike rate of 91.88, the middle-order batsman is a key player. D Warner is one of the most aggressive batsmen in the world, batting with a strike rate of 96.08 in the format. He had a below-par series against South Africa and will be looking to get back in form. P Cummins is one of the best bowlers in the world currently. His pace and variations are tough to navigate and he will be a real threat to the opponent batsmen.
New Zealand: Probable Playing 11 and Key Players
Probable playing 11: K Williamson (capt), M Guptill, H Nicholls, R Taylor, C GrandHomme, M Santner, T Latham (wk), T Boult, L Ferguson, K Jamieson, T Southee
Key players: Ross Taylor had a stellar run against India across formats, including the ODIs where he amassed 194 runs with one hundred and one fifty in three matches. Batting with a strike rate of over 110, the senior pro held the innings together in the absence of skipper K Williamson, who missed the first two games due to injury. H Nicholls was the highest run-scorer in the last ODI series for New Zealand, scoring 199 runs with two fifties in three matches. The opener will have the full quota of 50 overs to make a mark and is a vital player in the line-up. T Boult is returning from injury and has always been the star bowler for the Black Caps in the last few years.
Suggested Howzat Dream Team
Wicket-keeper: Only one keeper has been picked in the dream team of Howzat, the top fantasy cricket app. A Carey (8.5 credits) bats lower down the order and got only one inning to bat in the last series against South Africa, but he has the ability to hold the innings together in case of an early fall of wickets.
Batsmen: Both sides have a number of big batting stars, which is the reason that six players have been picked in our dream team. D Warner (10.5 credits) and S Smith (10 credits) might be expensive, but their skills and consistency make them tough to ignore. R Taylor (9.5 credits) is the key in the New Zealand middle order while M Guptill (9 credits) had a fine series against India, scoring 177 runs with two fifties, and he can be counted upon at the top. Two Australians, A Finch (9 credits) and M Labuschagne (8.5 credits) are included as well. Both are dangerous players and expect them to raise their game if the team is in trouble.
All-rounders: C GrandHomme (8 credits) is one of the most reliable all-rounders. He consistently pitches in with both bat and ball and can be a game-changer in either department.
Bowlers: Three fast bowlers have been picked in our dream team: L Ferguson (9 credits), T Boult (9 credits) and P Cummins (9 credits). The Kiwi pacers are returning from injury and will be keen to give their best, while P Cummins is a proven match-winner. He will get help from the conditions on offer at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Captain and Vice-Captain: D Warner and R Taylor
NOTE: The suggested Howzat dream team is just a suggestion. You can select your own fantasy cricket team by using your knowledge of cricket. Also, don’t forget to make any necessary changes to your team once the actual Playing 11 is announced by each team (15 to 30 minutes before the start of the match) as some players you have selected might not be part of the playing 11.
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