NZ vs AUS Fantasy Prediction: New Zealand vs Australia 1st T20I – 22 February (Christchurch). Kane Williamson and Glenn Maxwell will be the best fantasy picks for this game.
Hosts New Zealand will take on Australia in the 1st T20I match of the five-match T20I series. The Trans-Tasman rivals are back for this mouth-watering series.
The Kiwis have been dominating in their home season, and this is the toughest challenge for them till now. Kane Williamson will lead the side, whereas Guptill, Conway, Seifert, and Phillips will assist him in the batting department. Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Kyle Jamieson are the lead pacers of the side, and Sodhi will be the specialist spinner. Jimmy Neesham and Mitchell Santner will perform the all-rounder duties.
The Australian team is going to miss their test regulars in this series. Josh Phillipe is going to make his T20I debut, whereas Matthew Wade & Aaron Finch will join him at the top. The middle-order comprises Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, and Mitchell Marsh. Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, and AJ Tye are the lead pacers, whereas Zampa is the leg-spinner of the side.
Pitch Conditions and Weather Details
This pitch has been decent for batting with the average 1st innings score being 153 runs.
Total T20 Domestic Games Played: 28; Bat 1st Won: 12; Bat 2nd Won: 15; Tie: 1
We can expect clear weather throughout the game.
Probable XI for both sides:-
New Zealand – Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi.
Australia – Josh Phillipe, Matthew Wade, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.
Five Match T20I Series
Match: New Zealand vs Australia First T20I Match
Date and Time: 22 February, Monday – 11:30 AM IST
Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Where to Watch: Fancode
Top 4 Batting Order
Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, Kane Williamson, and Devon Conway.
Josh Phillipe, Matthew Wade, Aaron Finch, and Marcus Stoinis.
Death Over Specialists
- Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee
- Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye
NZ vs AUS Fantasy Wicket-Keeper
Tim Seifert and Josh Phillipe will be our wicket-keepers in this game. Seifert scored 176 runs in the last T20I series against Pakistan at an average of 88.00, whereas his strike-rate was 139.68. Phillipe scored 508 runs in BBL 10 at an average of 31.75, whereas he had a strike-rate of 149.51. Both of them are aggressive openers.
NZ vs AUS Fantasy Batsmen
Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, and Devon Conway will be our batsmen from New Zealand. Williamson doesn’t require stats to prove his class, whereas Conway has scored 174 T20I runs in six games at an average of 58.00. Guptill is in poor form, but he is a veteran of 2621 T20I runs and has the ability to turn the game.
Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis will be our batsmen from Australia. Finch scored 271 T20I runs in 2020 at an average of 33.88, whereas his strike-rate was 138.97. Stoinis scored 396 runs in the recent BBL season at a strike-rate of 142.44, whereas he can bowl a few overs of his pace-bowling. Both of them are match-winners.
NZ vs AUS Fantasy All-Rounders
Glenn Maxwell will be our all-rounder from Australia. Maxwell scored 379 runs in the recent BBL season at a strike-rate of 143.56, whereas he scalped seven wickets in bowling. He is going to play a vital role in this series.
NZ vs AUS Fantasy Bowlers
From New Zealand, the duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult will make it into our team. Southee has scalped nine wickets in his last four T20I games, whereas Boult is also a world-class bowler. Both of them make a great pair for the hosts.
Jhye Richardson will be our bowler from Australia. Richardson scalped 29 wickets in the recent BBL season, whereas he was also the highest wicket-taker. He will be eager to continue his top form.
Alternative Changes: Tim Southee & Josh Phillipe Out; Kyle Jamieson & Matthew Wade In.
Match Prediction: New Zealand are the favourites to win this game.
Top Names for the Captaincy Role:-
Kane Williamson and Glenn Maxwell
Top Names for the Vice-Captaincy Role:-
Both the captain’s pick + Tim Siefert and Aaron Finch
SportsRush Small-League Fantasy Team for the Game
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All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players