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New Zealand v Australia 3rd T20 preview 3-3-21

NZ v AU T20 Preview

New Zealand heads into the 3rd T20 match with Australia with a 2-0 win. They will be full of confidence and looking to complete the 5 match series win here.

Date: 3rd March 2021

Tour: Australias tour of New Zealand

Format: T20

Current score: 2-0 to New Zealand

Last match: New Zealand won by 4 runs

Chances of winning*

New Zealand 55.6%
Australia 52.5%

*Chances of winning are created using betting odds inferred % chances.

Betting Preview

Who will win in the 3rd T20 between New Zealand and Australia? 

We think New Zealand will secure another victory and take a 3-0 lead in the series

Latest betting odds

Odds are correct at the time of writing and taken from Betway – Full markets can be found here

Who will win the coin toss?

  • New Zealand 10/11
  • Australia 10/11

Will the first ball be a dot*?

  • Yes 4/7
  • No 5/4

*First innings only

Who will have the highest score after the first over?

  • New Zealand 21/20
  • Draw 11/2
  • Australia 6/5

What will be the method of the first dismissal? 

  • Caught 2/5
  • Bowled 7/2
  • LBW 11/2
  • Run out 21/1
  • Stumped 20/1
  • Other 200/1

Who will have the highest opening partnership?

  • New Zealand 7/6
  • Australia 7/8

Who will score the most sixes?

  • New Zealand 11/10
  • Draw 15/2
  • Australia 1/1
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New Zealand to win odds: 5/4

Last match: Beat Australia by 4 runs.

Top batsman: Martin Guptil 97 (50)

Top bowler: Mitchell Santner 4/31 (4)

Half-centuries: Guptill & Williamson

Centuries: None

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Australia to win odds: 11/10

Last match: Lost to New Zealand by 4 runs

Top batsman: Marcus Stoinis 78 (37)

Top bowler: Kane Richardson 3/43 (4)

Half-centuries: Stoinis

Centuries: None

New Zealand form and preview

New Zealand is in fine form across al variants of the game. They have a very strong squad and have sown this against Australia in this series. Bith teams have left players out of their squads to avoid bubble fatigue and this seems to have affected Australia more than New Zealand.

The top test batsman in the world, Kane Williamson has shown his quality in the T20 games too. With him and Guptil in good form, we could see New Zealand putting on another good score here if they bat first.

We could see some changes from New Zeland for this T20 with the next 2 matches being so close together. So far in this T20 series, we’ve seen them perform well as a top-order or as a middle-order, as they did in the first T20. The strength in depth of this New Zealand team is sown by Devon Conway’s 99 not out from 59 balls in the first T20. Coming in at 11/2 and seeing them go down to 19/3 in the next over meant a big innings was needed by someone. Donway stepped up and his work, supported by Phillips and Neesham managed to move them on to a very respectable 184/5.

In reply, New Zeland bowled well getting them all out for 131. Ish Sodhi took 4 for 28 from 4 overs and Southee impressed with 2/10 from 3 overs.

Australia form and preview

In September Australia played England in a T20 and odi series. They lost 2-1 in the T20’s and won the odi’s 2-1. We have to go back to February for the last T20 series win and that was against 5th ranked South Africa. In the Big Bash and IPL, we have seen what their players are capable of and, in our opinion, they should be performing better in T20’s at the international level. There’s a T20 World Cup coming up later in the year and they will be focused on winning that when the time comes.

On this tour, they’ve been generally poor with the ball allowing New Zealand to get off the hook in the first T20 after a great start. In the last T20 all the bowlers were expensive. Only Jhye Richardson had an economy rate under 10 and that was 9.75. The usually efficient Daniel Sames has been over 11 in both matches so far but has taken at least a wicket in each match.

Batting wise they looked okay in the last match and almost chased down 220 to win the match on a good batting wicket. The first match was a struggle though, with them eventually being all out for 131 off 17.3 overs.