Australia have already booked their spot in the semi-finals, but will look to continue their winning run face trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand at Lord’s on Saturday.
New Zealand saw their unbeaten record in the 2019 ICC World Cup shattered by Pakistan and they are not yet sure of a semis spot but they need just need one win to assure their spot in the last four.
Aaron Finch’s men continue to ramp up their performances. Openers Finch and David Warner have scored nearly 50% of Australia’s runs. Their confident starts have overwhelmingly covered for the poor form of the rest. Having said that, Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey have been showing some good hitting power at the end.
Regardless, Australia will hope that their middle-over struggles do not boil down to another game here. No such problems with the bowling unit, as Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins continue to collect wickets like old stamps. The spinner’s slot will be debated, although Nathan Lyon could get an extended run.
One bad day at the office ruined New Zealand’s unbeaten record at the tournament. However, deep down, the team must be wondering why the runs have dried up from their openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro. With Tom Latham also struggling for impact, there are selection issues engulfing the Kiwis for the moment.
Captain Kane Williamson’s form is the best thing to happen, but he would expect his top-order to start pulling their socks. Lockie Ferguson continues to impress, but questions remain over the presence of Matt Henry and the absence of Ish Sodhi.
- New Zealand have lost 17 of the 20 H2H ODIs played in neutral venues, winning only one.
- New Zealand have won the last two H2H ODIs, but have not won three in a row against Australia since February 2007.
- Australia have won seven of ten World Cup H2H ODIs.
- Australia have won 14 of their last 15 ODIs.
- Five of the last seven World Cup matches between these sides have been won by the chasing side.
One poor result doesn’t cancel out New Zealand’s positives in the tournament. However, the over-dependence on Williamson should end for the Kiwis to have an impact from here on.
Australia have a chance to experiment, but they should continue the winning moment.
Prediction: Australia win ($1.48 TopBetta)