Cricket – NZ v AUZ – Tips and Analysis

Cricket ODI
New Zealand Vs Australia
Chappell – Hadlee Trophy, Game 3
Seddon Park, Hamilton
9am (AEDST), 5 February 2017

With only 1 market available we are taking this time to do a recap of the first game and setting up ourselves to give you tips closer to the game and giving you knowledge that will hopefully help you make sound decisions for this match.

Let’s have a recap of game 1 and look into game 3.

With New Zealand (NZ) taking the first game by 6 runs it was looking to be a cracking game 2, however Mother Nature denied this. Napier hadn’t seen a drop of rain in 11 weeks, but that changed in a massive way, resulting in the ground being unable to drain probably and play abandoned.

GAME 1

New Zealand set a very good total of 286, with Broom (73 off 75), Guptill (61 off 73) and Nessham (48 from 45) being the the stand out with the bat. They had five batsman score under 10 runs and the remaining three batsman scored 24 (K.Williamson) and 16 each in Taylor and no.11 Boult.
The Australian bowlers managed to remove Latham (7) in the 3rd over, via Starc, (1-13) but then the NZ batsman showed some fight, before Williamson was removed by Stoinis, a precursor to what a match he would have. Taylor was bowled by Head, having NZ 3-128 in the 23rd over. However a mini collapse courtesy of Stoinis magnificent spell saw Guptill and Munro depart with the Host nation on 5-134 off 25.1 overs. This however linked up Broom and Neesham to pile on the runs and rejuvenate the NZ innings. Neesham fell short by 2 runs of his half century, falling to Mr consistent Hazlewood, but a large amount of damage was done with NZ now 6-210 in the 38th over. The Australian bowlers clawed back and managed to restrict the total to 286, at one stage this total was looking 315+ with some good bowling at the back end of the innings only allowing 59 runs off the last 12 overs. Stoinis led the charge with 3 wickets, Cummins took 2 and Starc, Hazlewood, Head and Faulkner all taking one a piece.

In reply the Australian (AUS) top order were terrible, the Top 6 batsman scored 56 runs between them. Finch (4) and Head (5) where removed by Boult on the same over, sending AUS to 2-10 off 3.5 overs. Handscomb didn’t get a start and was soon dismissed as he left with out troubling the score board officials with 7 runs, digging the hole even deeper for AUS, now 3-18. S. Marsh was starting to look good when Santer and Latham combined to remove him on 16 runs, followed closely by Maxwell (20 runs) with Latham being involved again with a catch. Australia where in all sorts now, 5-54 from 13 overs, the run rate was on a downward spiral as Heazlett and Stoinis tried to rebuild the innings. However, Heazlett (4) was Ferguson’s second wicket and Latham took another catch and now NZ were turning the screws hard on a flounder AUS team.
What was to occur next is a child hood dream, your team is on the ropes and it’s up to you to get them out of the hole. Stoinis would have dreamt this and boy did he deliver on this day. Faulkner and Cummins played the support role whilst Stoinis went to work, smashing a ridiculous 11 sixes, 9 fours in his unbeaten 146 runs off 117 balls. However with Faulkner (25) and Cummins (36) unable to bat through with him, Australia fell short just 6 runs with still 3 overs left, after Williamson executed a runout on Hazlewood. For NZ, Santner was the top wicket taker with 3, Boult and Ferguson took 2, leaving Southee and Munro with one wicket each.

Game 3 looks intriguing with I. Sodhi looking to get his chance to improve on his ODI career, if the pitch looks like turning. You would have seen him in the BBL, bamboozling batsman and taking an impressive 6-11 against the struggling Adelaide Strikers. Another positive for NZ is Guptill may return, his 1st game of 61 runs was an integral part to building their innings, but we won’t know more until closer to game day.
Australia has suffered a blow with Wade being sent home due to a back injury, with Handscomb being handed the gloves on a more permanent basis now. Australia may use Zampa to use his ability to spin the ball, however closer to the match we will find out.

Historically the record for NZ at this ground is ok. Having played (since 2007) 13 games they have won 7, winning 4 (2 vs India, 1 Vs Bangladesh and 1 vs Aus) from their last five appearances at Hamilton.
Verse Australia the results are dated to 2007:
NZ Won by 55 runs (08/02/16)
AUS won by 6 wickets (09/03/10)
NZ Won by a wicket (20/02/07)

Interestingly the Major book makers have NZ $2.05 – $2.10 to win the match with AUS varied between $1.73 – $1.75. A bit confusing as if the heroics of Stoinis, 146*, 3 wickets, Australia would have been bundled out for well under 200 even 150. If it’s a spinning pitch, I. Sodhi could stamp his authority on this match and cause havoc here. With NZ needing a win to secure the Chappell – Hadlee Trophy, these odds are looking very tempting indeed.
Australia will need their top 5 batsman to stand up and its possible that the Book makers are wagering on at least 2-3 off them turning out a big score, as they won’t expect Stoinis to go that large again by himself.

We will revisit this game again closer to the event and update as we know more.

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