Cricket – Australia Vs New Zealand (Game 2) – Free Tips and Prediction

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.

Key Points

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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Cricket – Australia Vs New Zealand – Free Tips and Prediction

Australia Vs New Zealand Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 4th December, 2:20pm.
One Day International Cricket Chappell-Hadley Trophy, three game series, 2016

With the test whites being packed away and the Australian Gold being unwrapped and pressed, we get set for another ripper series. This series is against the old foe from across the ditch, who currently hold the Chappell-Hadley Trophy (CHT) after winning the series, 2-1, on their turf. However this time, they are on Australian soil and against an Australian team they have not faced at the SCG since 2009. On that occasion Australia (AUS) won by 32 runs. The only remaining players from that match are from New Zealand (NZ), Guptill who scored 6 off 16 balls and Southee, 17 off 10 balls, with the bat and having an unhappy day with the ball taking 0 wickets and hit for 52 runs of 10 overs.

In that match Australia knocked out 302 runs, which is just below their average of 307, in the the last 5 AUS matches held at the SCG: 23/01/16 – 330 vs India (AUS lost by 6 wickets), 26/03/15 – 328 vs India (AUS won by 95 runs) 08/03/15 – 376 vs Sri Lanka (AUS won by 64 runs) 16/01/15 – 235 vs England (AUS won by 3 wickets) and 23/11/4 – 275 vs South Africa (AUS won by Duck Lewis method with rain affecting the match)

The last time NZ won at the SCG, you would have to pull out the archives and dust off the cob webs and look at the match on the 17/01/02, where they won by 23 runs. The victory before that was 11/01/94 by 13 runs, a crazy statistic. For people that love statistics: 1. Historically the games won between AUS and NZ at the SCG are AUS 13, NZ 6, with 2 draws. 2. Last 5 matches AUS have won 3, NZ 1 and a Draw. 3. When AUS win, on average it’s either by 24.5 runs or 2 wickets from their last 5 matches 4. NZ only victory was by 23 runs

Weather wise, it looks like a fantastic day with the temperature predicted as a low of 20*c and a high of 28*c, courtesy of the Bureau of Meteorology.

Key Points

1. Selection choices Australia has the luxury of leaving out J. Hastings, who has taken the most wickets in the 2016 ODI calendar to date, to give P. Cummings his shot at NZ. While on the other side of the pitch, NZ have injury concerns and we will need to wait to closer to game day to see their side. Disruptions you don’t need in a 3 game series.

2. Bowling partnerships Not really spoken of since G.McGrath and S. Warne, kids google them you will be amazed how good they were together, could lock down their bowling ends and frustrate batters into poor shots. But we are seeing something special growing with Starc and Hazlewood working in stints together. In the short form of the game, these two men could really trouble this NZ team.

3. Side agenda Whats better than beating Australia, the possibility of knocking them out of the number one position in the ICC rankings. I don’t think S. Smith and his men will want to be the team to lose that ranking. For this to occur however, NZ will have to win this series 3-0 and historically this ground is hard for NZ to find a win. No matter what the press says, this is a driving force for both teams.

For this reason my safe Bet is:
Steve Smith Player performance points OVER 35.5, $1.88 (Crownbet)

Key points: 1. S. Smith has cleared this total 4/5 of his last ODI gams at the SCG. 2. On the above 5 matches his match performances were 28,105,72,47 and 77points. Giving an average of 65, or 64.8 to be specific. 3. 3/5 games he has cleared 50 runs with 72,77 and 105.

I can’t go past his last 5 matches on this ground. Also add in, the recent test win (yes lost the series, but he had a large say in who was playing) he will continue to lead from the front.