Australia and New Zealand will play the 27th match of this Cricket World Cup on 28 October 2023. It seems like New Zealand is in a pretty good spot. They are in a comfortable position, while the Aussies will go for the kill. You can read about the match preview and highlights in this article. Also, there will be commentary for you right under this paragraph. But the catch is you must scroll down if you see an ad. Hey, don’t ghost me now that you have come here.
Australia’s journey so far
It took a while for the Aussies to shift their gears. But now it seems like the old gun is back, and it is back with a bang. The Aussies picked up their momentum in the Australia vs Sri Lanka CWC 2023 game after South Africa and India handed them back-to-back losses. Adam Zampa has finally hit his form, even though the guy is struggling with pain.
David Warner has found his form, while Glenn Maxwell just hit the fastest century in the history of this tournament in the recent Australia vs Netherlands Cricket World Cup 2023 game. The match is on!
New Zealand looking for a win
New Zealand was on a winning streak until the hosts defeated them with 4 wickets at hand during the India vs New Zealand CWC 2023 match. The tough days for New Zealand are here. Before this India match, they had played against Bangladesh, England, Netherlands, and Afghanistan. England was a relatively better side, but that went south pretty quickly. If you want to know more about England Vs New Zealand, click the link.
Now, they face stricter sides like Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Australia. These couple of matches will be attractive to see. However, the NRR situation for the Black Caps is pretty good. So, no worries on that part.
Match preview – AUS vs NZ
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We are back in the mountainous region of Himachal Pradesh. But don’t let these beautiful mountains deceive you. The fast bowlers will get the chance to swing that new ball and take your wicket. This is what has been happening in this stadium so far. Pacers get the help they can, while the spinners are helpful if they know how to manipulate that drift through the air. This means that all the fast bowlers will have a field trip. But it doesn’t mean the players aren’t accustomed to playing seam bowlers.
Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Venues.
Although I did mention that pacers will get some help here, it doesn’t take away the fact that these cousin nations are pretty familiar with how to play a swinging delivery. The conditions back at home are pretty similar to these. This means there has to be some x factor to make a difference. And this is what we will try to find here.
From Australia’s side, Hazelwood and Starc will be lethal in the first ten overs. But what comes after? Adam Zampa has found his form again. Although the guy has been in excruciating pain due to back spasms, painkillers are making him continue pretty well. Zampa and Maxwell will be the key players for the Aussies.
For the Black Caps, Mitchell Santner and Rachin Ravindra will be the key players. Santner can be the bowler that can make the difference. He is getting success on these pitches, and it seems like India is doing him well. But the sort of bowler Rachin is, he can knock some bails off as well. And you know his impact in the batting lineup.
Probable playing 11
New Zealand will likely go unchanged since one defeat can’t merit changes in the playing eleven. Tim Southee and Kane Williamson haven’t been able to come back from their injuries that well. This means Tom Latham has to keep leading the side.
From the Aussie camp, Marcus Stoinis may come back, and Cameron Green will sit in this match. But will Australia be happy to change the winning combo? Let’s see
The Aussies will win this match 55-45. Although the Kiwis have been in good form, Australians are shifting their gears. Not to forget, they have an excellent record against their Tasmanian cousins. In the past 5 ODI matches they have played against the Black Caps, they have won all of them. With Zampa in form and the pitch supporting Starc and Hazelwood, you are in for a ride. Beware New Zealand!
The Kiwis won the toss, and they chose to field first. This is the decision that is the most rational. However, it came to bite them. How? Continue reading to know how the Aussies hit every ball out of the park.
|David Warner||Rachin Ravindra|
|Travis Head||Devon Conway|
|Steven Smith||Daryl Mitchell|
|Mitchell Marsh||Tom Latham|
|Marnus Labuschagne||Glenn Philips|
|Glenn Maxwell||James Neesham|
|Josh Inglis||Mitchell Santner|
|Pat Cummins||Matt Henry|
|Mitchell Starc||Lockie Ferguson|
|Josh Hazelwood||Trent Boult|
|Adam Zampa||Will Young|
First Innings – Australia
|AUSTRALIA 388-10 (49.2 overs)|
|Travis Head 109 (67)||Glenn Phillips 3-37|
|David Warner 81 (65)||Trent Boult 3-77|
|Glenn Maxwell 41 (24)||Mitchell Santner 2-80|
|TARGET||389 in 50 overs|
- Well, isn’t this an action replay of what happened in the Pakistan match? Travis Head made a century the second he returned to the pitch. This is a serious batting performance from Team Australia.
- Warner carried on from where he left off in the previous game, while Travis Head scored a 59-ball century on his return to cricket after 43 days, giving Australia their greatest-ever start in World Cup history.
- To no effect, Tom Latham used all his key strike bowlers. The Australians were not about to back down.
- The arrival of Glenn Phillips, on the other hand, altered everything for the Black Caps.
- In the space of ten overs, he dismissed the dangerous three of Warner, Head, and Smith. Phillips not only got wickets, but he also succeeded in stopping the momentum with lots of dots.
- Philips was the only silver lining in this dark cloud for the Kiwi bowlers.
Second Innings – New Zealand
|NEW ZEALAND 383-9 (50 overs)|
|Rachin Ravindra 116 (89)||Adam Zampa 3-74|
|James Neesham 58 (39)||Pat Cummins 2-66|
|Daryl Mitchell 54 (51)||Josh Hazlewood 2-70|
|RESULT||Australia won by 5 runs|
- What a great cricket match. It is an absolute feast for the eyes and much-needed for this event. In an ideal scenario, chasing 389, you need a massive score from one of the top three, a cameo from a few batsmen, and a good start.
- New Zealand received it all but did not cross the finish line. Perhaps some of it can be attributed to bad luck, but fielding is something New Zealand takes great pleasure in, and unfortunately for them today, they weren’t at their best. It appeared to be one of the most significant differences between the teams.
- Rachin Ravindra hit the finest innings of his career, and his century brought the Kiwis to level with Australia. This young lad is living the best days of his career so far. However, even he couldn’t get past the finish line as he gave away his wicket to Pat’s slower one in the 41st over. That was the match-defining moment.
- The late wickets of Phillips and Latham, along with the lack of a consistent batter in the final nine overs, came back to haunt New Zealand.
Man of the match
Travis’s head came, and he came back with a bang! What a ton from the Aussie batter. It was understood that he wouldn’t be available for the first half of the tournament. But now that he is here and is in form, Australia’s world cup hopes are alive again. Good days are coming? Is the boogieman back? We will see.