Australia Vs New Zealand, Manuka Oval, Canberra, 2:20pm, 6th December 2016
One Day International Cricket Chappell-Hadley Trophy, Game Two of Three, Australia lead 1-0.
The Australian Public are starting to believe again in this Australian cricket team, with game one going to Australia. Off the back of Steve Smith’s record ODI run score at the SCG, of 164 off 157. An incredible innings which saw him eclipse the safe bet and with some interest from game 1. Another positive sign was the Bowlers sharing the wickets around, with Hazlewood continuing his good form taking three, Cummins, Zampa and Marsh bagging two. Starc was disappointing in his showing 1/37 off 7 overs, which generally isn’t to bad, but Smith seemed to persist with the his other bowlers and take care of business. However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the tourists. Guptill did his best to counter Smiths impressive performance with a very good knock of 114 off 102 balls. His support couldn’t stay with him long enough with wickets falling at regular intervals, eventually proving the difference. This forced him to try and hit Zampa for another boundary but found the safe hands of Maxwell instead. If New Zealand are going to turn this series around, it’s going to require a massive effort from their bowlers, Boult was their best with 2/51 off 10, but Henry and Ferguson (1/74 off 10 overs & 1/73 off 9 overs) found the going tough.
At Manuka Oval, only 8 ODI have been played. New Zealand having not graced the playing sheds here, in contrast to Australia, which has played three times with three wins: Vs West Indies, Won by 39 runs, 06/02/2013 Vs South Africa, Won by 73 runs, 19/11/2014 Vs India, Won by 25 runs, 20/01/2016
Unfortunately the weather may play a part in this match. Early morning showers are expected and Cloud cover for the entirety of the match could be a possibility, with a chance of a light shower. Temperature is a very comfortable 24*c expected to be a low of 19*c by the time the last ball is delivered.
1. Lose the toss at your peril. The team that has won the toss has won 8/8 matches. With 6 of these 8 wins to the team that battered first. With rumours of a pitch to be true to the batsman and have a little zing for the paceman, this toss could be the most important of the series to date.
2. Stable team Vs A change or two. Australia are not expected to make any changes, which will unbelievably keep Maxwell and Faulkner out of the team. New Zealand will be searching for a middle order batsman and/or another bowler to stand up or look to combat last matches performance. With Southee and Nicholls tipped to make those changes, however with cricket the teams aren’t announced until generally the time of the toss.
3. The Finch effect. Aaron Finch has played in all three Australian matches and has scored two centuries, 107 and 109, and 38. Amassing 254 runs in total, safe to say he loves this ground and will be comfortable in surroundings in the nations capital.
My Safe Bet for the match is:
Player Performance – Aaron Finch OVER 33.5, $1.88 (CrownBet)
As stated above his runs alone have cleared this total, he can also take a catch or two also. We believe this line to be very generous, considering his previous match player performances of 38,129 and 107, vs this New Zealand bowling attack.
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