Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Fifth T20I preview: New Zealand vs Australia

Fifth T20I preview: New Zealand vs Australia

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Australia completed their comeback to force the T20I series against hosts New Zealand to a decider.

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Like the two previous matches, the fixture will be played at the Wellington Regional Stadium.


New Zealand vs Australia | Fifth T20I | Sunday 7 March 2021 | Wellington Regional Stadium Wellington | 01:00


New Zealand

New Zealand have twice faltered chasing targets at the same stadium and look up against it to turn things around after two substantial defeats.

 

Trent Boult looked dangerous up front but didn't get the backup he needed to restrict Australia.

 

Mitchell Santner showed that left-arm spin seems to hold sway at the Wellington Regional Stadium going for just 16 runs and getting the first wicket of the match.

 

The Black Caps top order had no answer to Ashton Agar and after starting the series looking in great touch seem to have collectively slumped.

 

New Zealand will need to reset and push themselves to match Australia in the decider.


Australia

Australia have been massively boosted by the return to form of skipper Aaron Finch who held their fourth T20I batting effort together with a composed 79 not out.

 

Agar has also been brilliant in Australia's two victories claiming eight wickets for just 42 runs across the matches in Wellington.

 

Australia are playing with renewed confidence in every department and look a dangerous side when they are in the mood.

 

They have used Glenn Maxwell's part-time spin well alongside Agar and Zampa who have been huge in getting the tourists back into contention.

 

Australia still seem suspect in a chase, and New Zealand might be tempted to have a bat if they win the toss on Sunday.


Verdict: Australia
With the matches coming thick and fast winning can become a habit.

Written by James Richardson.

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