Dharamsala: Australians face an upbeat New Zealand team in the 17th match of ICC World T20 2016. New Zealand, having beaten India in their first game, will be optimistic about their prospects against their rivals from Down Under. A win by New Zealand will place them in a comfortable position for a semi-final spot.
New Zealand’s spin trio of Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi and Nathan McCullum took nine out of ten wickets against India. The Kiwi spin attack is sure to test the batting prowess of Australian batsmen.
Although a new pitch has been prepared, spin is still expected to play a major role in comparison to the pacers. Rain is also expected to interrupt the game which may lead to a curtailed game and change in playing conditions.
Head to head, Australia has a better record over New Zealand. Australia has won four games out of the total five T20 games played between the trans-Tasmanian neighbours. New Zealand was able to overcome Australia’s challenge only once that too in a super over in 2010.
In T20 cricket, Australia had a mixed bag of results off late. Australia lost to India at home, gained some form against Proteas in South Africa, but again lost to West Indies in the tournament’s warm-up match in Kolkata.