- Match: Australia vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI, New Zealand tour of Australia, 2020
- Date: Sunday, March 15, 2020
- Time: 11:30 PM GMT
- Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
The 1st ODI between Australia and New Zealand at Sydney turned out to be a low-scoring and one-sided affair as Australia clinched the game by 71 runs. The home side was dominant, even though they were not at their best. New Zealand were good with the ball but failed with the bat. Australia thus leads the 3-match series, 1-0 and will be looking to seal things in the next ODI on Sunday.
Australia has been overly reliant on their top-order to deliver in limited overs cricket. But thankfully, they deliver more often than not like they did in the 1st ODI against New Zealand. Both openers David Warner (67) and Aaron Finch (60) were among the runs. Marnus Labuschagne (56) finally showed his worth in the shorter format too while Mitchell Marsh produced a decent cameo. Their only concern is the failure of D Arcy Short and Alex Carey.
Australia’s bowlers delivered with Pat Cummins (3-25) being the pick of the lot again. Josh Hazlewood was brilliant too and Mitchell Starc was hard to get away. Even Mitchell Marsh (3-29) did a splendid supporting role. Adam Zampa, though, was expensive and would have to do a better job.
The only thing New Zealand can take back in the 1st ODI was the performance of their bowlers. Trent Boult was miserly and Lockie Ferguson (2-60) did a good job on his international return. It was spinner Mitchell Santner though, who was the standout performer with his spell of 2-34. He was ably supported by fellow spinner Ish Sodhi.
It their batting that let the Kiwis down. No one could get past fifty and barring Martin Guptill (40) and Tom Latham (38), none of the others could even get a decent score. It will now be up to the likes of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme to deliver in the second match.
Australia vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI: Cricket Betting Tips
With the 2nd ODI being played on the same venue as the first one, the bowlers will enjoy the slowness and the movement they get off the Sydney pitch. Moreover, they will also be accustomed to its character and can plan better. The batsmen too will know how to adapt to the surface.
As we saw in the first game, this isn’t going to be a high-scoring ground and batting won’t be easy. A total of 260-270 by the team batting first should be a match-winning one.
New Zealand will of course try hard to level the series here. They have the resources for it too, especially in their bowling department. However, their batting might struggle again against a superior Australian bowling unit. Moreover, the home advantage will further give Australia the edge. Thus, back Australia to win the 2nd ODI.