Date & Time: Saturday, June 29, 18:00 IST
Venue: Lord’s, London, England
New Zealand seek to secure Semifinal berth before it’s too late
After the arch rivalry contest, the Lord’s gears up for the neighborhood rivalry as New Zealand takes on Australia at a crucial juncture in the tournament. Australia has become the first team to enter the Semifinals with the victory against England a few days ago, now it’s about making sure they finish at the top of the table. New Zealand on the other hand, is not too far away either but if they don’t win at least one game in the remaining two there might be a scenario that could well end their hopes of finishing in the top 4. So, a victory here is crucial for the Kiwis as pressure might mount even higher against England if few results don’t go as expected in the coming few days.
It will be interesting to see whether the Kiwis will still persist with the same underperforming opening combination or not. There is also a chance to consider Southee in place of Henry who has not been at his best in the last two games. Australia, on the other hand, might stick with the same playing XI of the last game.
The surface at Lord’s has been sporting enough in the two matches played so far. On Saturday there might be slightly an edge for batsmen unlike bowlers in the previous games. Temperature is expected to be around 30°C through the day.
He has definitely upped his game by adding a cautious approach early in the innings. He was not the Warner we used to see from the past, but his new approach has brought more consistency to his game. He is leading the run charts in the tournament with 500 runs from seven matches. And he has a great record against the Kiwis in the last five encounters where he scored 365 runs at a strike rate of 109.
He is the leading run scorer for Kiwis in the tournament with 414 runs from seven matches. He once again holds the key for the Kiwis’ success against Australia who has a fiery pace attack which can trouble the underperforming Kiwi openers. But captain Kane has to overcome his shortcomings against Cummins in order to live up to his consistency. He scored just 37 runs from 65 balls and got out twice to Cummins in the last four encounters.
He may not have been at his consistent best so far in the tournament but against a quality Kiwi pace attack he holds the key for Aussies in the middle order, if top-order batsman has an off day. He has a good record against the Kiwis where he scored 261 runs in the last five encounters.
The Aussie speed star is in immaculate form in the tournament by leading the wickets charts. There seems to be no one stopping him with the way he is bowling which makes him a must have bowler in the Dream11 cricket team for today’s match. Adding to his present form, he also has a decent record against Kiwi batsmen in the last few encounters.