Trans-Tasman rivals and 2015 World Cup finalists New Zealand and Australia will clash at Lord’s on Saturday. This match #37 will be played on Saturday under the lights. It will only be the second-ever D/N ODI at this venue.
New Zealand are coming off a loss to Pakistan. They need a win to be assured of a place in the final-four. Australia have defeated England at this venue in their previous match. They have already confirmed their place in top-four. With so much riding on this match result, expect it to be a big tussle.
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The Kiwis are well placed to progress, although there is a minor chance of them missing out. Even in that case, New Zealand will be looking to iron out their flaws. The openers are not firing, Tom Latham is struggling and the spin department is weak.
There is every chance that Henry Nichols slots back for the Kiwis. Tim Southee is on the bench, but Matt Henry’s poor returns could see him come back. There is also a chance for Ish Sodhi to get a game. Regardless of the changes, New Zealand players need to be at their best to defeat Australia.
The Aussies have already secured passage with a strong tournament. Aaron Finch will be happy with his personal form and that of David Warner. Slight concerns remain over the middle-over slow scoring rate, though.
Jason Behrendorff enjoyed a great game at the same venue against England. He could continue to hold his place. Nathan Lyon did well in his only outing here, and will be eager to build on that.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Aaron Finch has been in grand form this tournament. The Aussie captain is excelling with his on-field decisions as well.
Kane Williamson is 32 runs away from reaching 6,000 ODI runs. His consistency makes him an ideal pick for your side.
Usman Khawaja has been silently notching up scores for Australia. His calm and assured batting could give your side a lift.
Southee, Nicholls and Sodhi could come into contention for New Zealand.
New Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill 2 Henry Nicholls 3 Kane Williamson (C) 4 Ross Taylor 5 Tom Latham (WK) 6 James Neesham 7 Colin de Grandhomme 8 Mitchell Santner 9 Tim Southee 10 Lockie Ferguson 11 Trent Boult
Australia are likely to go with the same side from the previous match.
Australia: 1 David Warner 2 Aaron Finch (C) 3 Usman Khawaja 4 Steve Smith 5 Marcus Stoinis 6 Glenn Maxwell 7 Alex Carey (WK) 8 Nathan Lyon 9 Mitchell Starc 10 Pat Cummins 11 Jason Behrendorff
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