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Black Caps Eye Bounce Back against Australia in 2nd Test

December 06
13:22 2016

warNew Delhi, Tuesday, December 6 – The New Zealand cricket team are on tour of Australia to contest in 3-match One Day International series, which started a couple of days ago. Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney hosted the first ODI that was won by the home squad amazingly by 68 runs.

Second ODI is of huge importance, especially for the Kiwis as a loss here will let Australia claim series with one match yet to go. All preparations have successfully been done to organize the match properly. In the early hours of the play, the toss was delayed by reason of rain but the match was expected to start in a short while. As per latest reports, New Zealand won it as the weather got clear and decided to bowl first.

The home team has Australian skipper Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, David Warner, Aaron Finch, George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, and Travis Head. Those in extra for this match are Hilton Cartwright, Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa. On the other hand, the players who look for making their spot in the team count from New Zealand are Martin Guptill, Tom Latham , James Neesham, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson – the captain, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Matt Henry and  Trent Boult. Those to sit on bench are Todd Astle, Henry Nicholls and Lockie Ferguson.

As of today, captaincy of 26-year-old Williamson will be watched. It is of extreme importance as his fans will look forward to the way he leads his men and take them towards success. A contest between Australia and New Zealand automatically catches the eyes. As a matter of fact, inputs from both sides are poured to stay ahead of each other. A lot has changed by the time T20 format came into being. Now, players are able to score in pace both in ODI and Test formats. New Zealand cricketers would like to attain what they missed by a good margin in the opening ODI. They have been not on a strong side by the time a series against India was lost a month ago. Though they did well in the 50-50 over matches as compared to Test encounters, the Kiwis lost the 5th ODI, the series decider, by 190 runs. It is sure that they will now try to find a way to do well and improve further.

However, before flying to Australia, they defeated Pakistan in 2-Test match series by 2-0, which would have boosted the confidence of teammates who performed. No surprises if the players picked on both the sides will try to do everything possible to log wins in the remaining two scheduled matches to rank slightly up in the ICC rankings for ODIs. Australia are a team with full of talented players. The Black Caps are nothing short of the talent, at the same time. Skippers of both New Zealand and Australia hoped to win the toss and make best decision post reading the mood of the pitch as slight drizzling may have introduced some change.

Here is to describe that the top order, middle order and tail-ender batsmen must have to perform well if they desire to see their teams to stay on track right from the beginning till the end. Without question, two teams are to contest with a prime objective and that is nothing else but to win in the last part since it matters. It is clear that Williamson’s men will have to outperform the rivals to put themselves a step ahead of the hosts, who lately defeated them thanks to heroics of Australian skipper Smith, who is once more expected to superbly guide his boys. The tourists must be feeling pressure but focus will be on not letting it lose their confidence. Possibility of seeing players giving their best seems high.

It is on the players how to hold their nerves when playing in home conditions and front of home crowd and vice-versa. Bowling in a correct line and length will of sheer significance. Moreover, if scoring pattern at Manuka Oval is to be cited then average first inning score is 290 and average second inning score is 215. More to the point, the highest total of 411 for the loss of just four wickets in 50 overs was put by South Africa vs. Ireland. In contrast, the lowest total of 162 was set by Afghanistan in opposition to Bangladesh. The lowest defended on the ground is 278 by AUSW vs. RSAW. On the other hand, highest chased total was 230 by AUSW vs. RSAW.

Succumbing under pressure is not going to work for New Zealand today. Pobability to witness nail-biting contest between Williamson and Smith’s men are up. It is the matter of taking lead in the ongoing ODI series for Australia, while equalizing series for the Kiwis, who eye bounce back in the game but that will be possible if they restrict Australia at a score that can be attained further when they come to bat. Confidence commonly goes down when defeat is faced in the early days of any tournament and it takes a lot of efforts to mark a comeback.

At the present, Australia are gaining foothold steadily. Aaron Finch though lost his wicket to Santner at a score of 19 (4 x 2), David Warner and Steven Smith are making sure to do their bit. The opener is batting at the score of 85 facing 88 deliveries, with the help of 10 fours. The Australian captain is batting at 36 runs what he attained in 46 balls, including three boundaries. In 28 overs, Aussies scored 150 runs. Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee and Colin de Grandhomme would require to stay on track and keep on bowling in a length that can compel Australians to make mistake and throw their wickets.

In consequence, Australia are utilizing the platform of playing at home. Warner is nearing to pocket a ton. If he shines again, his innings will be of huge help for the entire team. To gain complete grip, more runs are required to make the contest reach in an exciting phase. This is the time when it will be apparent that whether best combination of bowlers, batsmen and all-rounders are picked by which side. Great performances by the New Zealand team could now only come to their rescue as this is the last chance to level series and turn the last one be the series decider. Saving series is important for them at the present. Aussies would want to keep their feet on ground and stay confident about logging one more win in the series to defeat rivals in the tournament.

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