Australia will take on low on-confidence New Zealand who were defeated by Pakistan just a couple of days back, on 29th of June Saturday. Australia already through the league phases to super 4, while New Zealand a victory away from making it to the super 4.
Apart from a defeat from India, Australia has fared quite brilliantly in the tournament so far. They are having an interesting tournament with some magnificent contributions made in all the three departments. Their openers have been in great touch with Finch and Warner having scored 496 and 500 runs respectively with 3/2 50s and 100s each. Steve Smith looks in great touch but did not get enough opportunities to bat. Mitchel Starc is in red hot form; he has produced some breath-taking performances all over this World Cup so far. Alex Carey has fared well with his gloves as well as bat. Glen Maxwell has provided them with some sky touching strike rated innings when the team required it. All and all the team look balanced. The only issue that has come forward is the middle order of Australia which looks quite uncertain.
KEY PLAYERS: Arron Finch, David Warner, Mitchel Starc
New Zealand has been consistent with their performances, but over the run, it has been observed that the Black Caps are too dependent on a couple of players. Kane Williamson has been magnificent with the bat. Trent Boult has been doing good with the ball. But the rest of the players have disappointed. The likes of Guptill, Munro, Taylor, Latham, etc. were expected to fire all guns up at the highest stage of cricket but turns out that they are feeling the heat at the receiving end. DeGrandhome and Neesham has produced a couple of good performances but the Kiwis would expect all their senior members to shoulder the contributions especially at the business end of the tournament.
KEY PLAYERS: Kane Williamson, Trent Boult.
Date: Saturday, 29th June 2019
Time: 06:00 PM IST, 01:30 pm local.
Venue: The Lord’s, London
The last couple of days, the sun has been shining brightly over London. The temperature is set to go as high as 32 Degree Celsius and with no rain expectations.
This encounter will be the only second match played under lights, the first that took place 9 years ago in which Pakistan beat England. Under the lights, the ball is expected to reverse and hence the toss-winning captain will surely look forward to batting first.
Head to Head:
Overall ODIs: 136
New Zealand 39
In World Cup: 10
New Zealand 3
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glen Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner/Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult