Australia faces New Zealand in a Group 2 fixture of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, India on 18 March.
Match starts at 3pm IST/9.30am GMT and you can click here for live streaming. Live coverage of the game will be available on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD in the UK, while Star Sports 1 & Star Sports 3 will telecast the match live in India.
New Zealand led by Kane Williamson head into this fixture after beating hosts India in their opening match of tournament in Nagpur on Tuesday. They had struggled to score, but managed to put up 126 runs on the board. But with spin trio’s (Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi and Nathan McCullum) nine wicket haul, the Black Caps bowled India out for a small total of 79.
The confident Kiwis are now looking to carry their winning momentum when they take on Australia in their second WT0 encounter. “The boys are chuffed but the boys are really tired. It’s time to recuperate now and hopefully we can get the most out of training tomorrow, assess the conditions and hopefully we can prepare accordingly for the wicket ahead,” Kiwi spinner Ish Sodhi said.
On the other hand, Australia come into the T20 World Cup after defeating South Africa in a three-match T20 series 2-1. The men in yellow were 1-0 down in that series after defeat in the first match, but were able to make a comeback in the next two games and successfully chased big scores.
Australia come into the tournament tipped as second favourites to lift the crown after hosts India. The Aussies team will be led by Steven Smith have power hitters in their squad and the list includes the likes of David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner and Shane Watson, who can be well supported by Usman Khawaja and Smith.
Here?s all you need to know:
Date: 18 March 2016, Friday
Time: 1500 IST, 0930 GMT
Venue: HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala
New Zealand: W-W-W-L-W
Australia to win
Betting odds (betfair)
Australia to win: 8/13
New Zealand to win: 5/4
Teams (Predicted XI)
Australia – Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, David Warner, Steve Smith (C), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (WK), James Faulkner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
New Zealand – Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (C), Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Grant Elliot, Mitchell Santer, Luke Ronchi (WK), Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi