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Last updated: 21 Feb 2024
Ralph Staniforth 21 Feb 2024
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  • New Zealand vs Australia predictions for Friday’s 2nd T20 cricket match
  • Aussies have conceded 200+ runs in 4 successive T20I games
  • Can the Black Caps level the series?
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Australia beat New Zealand in the 1st T20 (Getty Images)

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This remains a very even contest given the nature of the first game. It came down to the final delivery of the match, but the Aussies pulled through in the end.
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  • Head to Head
  • New Zealand Form
  • New Zealand Team News
  • Australia Form
  • Australia Team News

There will still be concern around the Australian bowlers who have now conceded 200+ in four successive games. I am backing the hosts to hold their nerve this time and take the wn.

  • New Zealand have won 4 of their last 6 T20I matches.
  • New Zealand’s Devon Conway scored 63 runs in his last match.
  • Australia have won 3 of their last 4 T20I matches.
  • Australia have conceded 200+ runs in their last 4 T20I matches.
  • Australia’s Mitchell Marsh scored 72* in the last match.

Head to Head


Australia have won four of their last six T20I matches against New Zealand. In the opening match of this series, the Aussies won a thriller off the final ball of the match.

New Zealand Form


New Zealand were in good form coming into this series and after batting first, would have had even more confidence. They dominated the Aussie bowlers in the first T20, scoring 215 runs in their 20 overs.

Finn Allen got off to a flyer, scoring 32 off 17 balls, but it was Devon Conway (63) and Rachin Ravindra (68) that set the tone with a 113-run stand for the second wicket.

On a good batting surface, the Aussies were always in the game though. The Black Caps bowlers seemed to keep the game in check for most of the 20 overs, but they fell horribly short towards the end as the Aussies won by six wickets.

New Zealand Team News


Despite defeat, New Zealand are likely to stay with a similar side. We may see a couple of rotations though.

Australia Form


Australia will be pleased with their victory in the first T20 considering how tense it was. In an absolute thriller, they won off the final ball of the match.

The bowlers struggled to contain the hosts as New Zealand scored 215 runs batting first. At one point it looked like it may be considerably more, but a couple of decent overs towards the death kept it under 220.

Travis Head and David Warner got the Aussies off to a decent start, but both fell just as they got going. Mitchell Marsh anchored the innings with 72 off 44 balls, but once Glenn Maxwell was out for 25 off 11, the Aussies struggled to find their timing.

That was until Tim David smashed 31 off just 10 balls to take Australia to victory.

Australia Team News


Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood and Mitchell Starc played in the opener. I expect them to be rotated for the remaining games in the series.

Verdict

I am backing New Zealand to level the series and Devon Conway to top score.

After his superb knock in the last game, I am tipping Mitchell Marsh to top score for the Aussies.

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