In match number 27 of the ODI World Cup 2023, two neighbouring countries and one of the biggest arch-rivals in international cricket, Australia and New Zealand, will meet on Saturday at HPCA Stadium.
Australia started off the tournament with two consecutive losses but picked up the momentum after that and now they are at the 4th spot in the point table with a net run rate of -0.193.
New Zealand has come out as a strong team in the World Cup and they are currently at the 3rd spot in the point table with 4 wins and a net run rate of +1.481. The top bookmakers in India have amazing ODI World Cup odds with them.
Rachin has displayed a calm and composed demeanour against a strong bowling attack and is expected to do well against Australia.
The betting tip is...
Rachin Ravindra to score 50+
Aussies have got their form back and now they are on the right track in the World Cup. The two losses at the beginning of the tournament will definitely hurt the team but they gained the momentum at the right time before things could have gone worst.
A win against Pakistan in high high-scoring fixture will definitely give them huge momentum for the rest of the tournament. David Warner & Mitchell Marsh will be expected to give a solid start at the top order.
One of the major concerns for the team management will be the struggling middle order where Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, and Glenn Maxwell have failed to make an impact. The trio will be expected to play a crucial role against Kiwi’s bowling attack.
Adam Zampa will be the key player in the bowling attack of the Aussies. He has two consecutive four-wicket hauls in the tournament and will be expected to continue the momentum. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins will be expected to damage with their pace.
Good news for Australia as Travis's head makes a comeback to the team after recovering from his injury. He will be expected to open the game with David Warner.
Predicted Lineup: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
New Zealand’s winning streak ended in their last fixture against India but the team still looks strong and has the confidence to get back to the winning momentum. A disappointing start from Devon Conway (0 off 9) and Will Young (17 off 27) was the major reason for the loss.
Rachin Ravindra (75 off 87) and Daryl Mitchell (130 off 127) played an important role in getting things back on track in the previous fixture. Skipper Tom Latham (5 off 7) and Glenn Phillips (23 off 26) failed to give a major push to the overall score in the middle order.
The bowling attack of New Zealand looked weak in the previous fixture. Lockie Ferguson picked up 2 wickets but recorded an economy of 7.88. Trent Boult, Matt Henry, and Mitchell Santner scalped a single wicket each.
Rachin Ravindra will be a key player as he has scored two half-centuries and a century last 5 fixtures of the tournament.
Tim Southee and Kane Williamson have still not recovered and won’t be part of the upcoming fixture.
Predicted Lineup: Devon Conway, Will Young, Tom Latham, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Rachin Ravindra, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell
Australia displayed a stunning performance against Pakistan but they still have their struggles in the middle order and pace attack. With Travis Head back in the team, things are expected to change.
However, New Zealand looks balanced and their bowling has been perfect even with Southee’s absence. We predict a win for New Zealand against Australia on Saturday.