New Zealand vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match Preview: Kiwis eye last-four spot as they face defending champions

Peaking at the right time, Australia will resume their Trans-Tasman rivalry at the World Cup stage when they take on a New Zealand side low on confidence after its first defeat of the tournament on Saturday

Press Trust of India, Jun 29, 2019 08:36:33 IST

Peaking at the right time, Australia will resume their Trans-Tasman rivalry at the World Cup stage when they take on a New Zealand side low on confidence after its first defeat of the tournament on Saturday.

Barring the defeat against India, defending champions Australia have done nothing wrong in this tournament, becoming the first team to qualify for the semi-finals.

New Zealand vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match Preview: Kiwis eye last-four spot as they face defending champions

Kane Williamson will again be the key for the Kiwis. AP

The Aaron Finch-led side is in roaring form and would look to continue the winning momentum at the hallowed Lord's.

New Zealand go into the match after suffering a defeat against Pakistan, which snapped their unbeaten streak in the tournament.

The Black Caps — who have amazingly retained the same side for all their seven matches — have secured 11 points and need at least a win from their remaining two outings — against Australia and England (July 3) — to be assured of a fourth straight World Cup semi-final berth.

The two met in the 2015 World Cup final at the MCG and with memories of that game still fresh, Saturday's match may turn out to be a cracker.

The Trans-Tasman rivalry is heavily skewed against New Zealand with Australia having won all but one of the 20 ODIs played outside the two countries. The only win for the Black Caps at a neutral venue has come in the 1999 World Cup match at Sophia Gardens.

That win in 1999 has also been the lone victory for New Zealand in seven World Cup matches between the two sides.

Not only history but current form of the players also point to five-time champions Australia beginning as the favourites.

Australia swept past hosts and world number one England by 64 runs in their last match and currently look like one of the two sides most likely to lift the trophy, the other being India.

Finch and David Warner have been the dominant opening duo of this tournament and are on track to become the greatest ever pair at the top in a World Cup.

They rank first and second in the run-scoring lists, and have put on a record-equalling three century stands with two league games still to go.

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc is topping the bowling charts with 19 wickets at 18.26. He's caused New Zealand batsmen headaches before with his bounce, swing and pace.

Jason Behrendorff also came good with the new Kookaburra ball in the win over England as the left-armer took 5/44.

New Zealand will again rely heavily on captain Kane Williamson who has scored 414 runs at 138 in five innings. His lone century against Australia came when they last met, at the Champions Trophy in 2017, a contest that was washed out.

His overall record against Australia (416 runs at 41.6 in 12 ODIs) is, though, not as great as his overall career average of 48.12.

The squads (From):

Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell.

Match Starts at 6 PM IST.

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Updated Date: Jun 29, 2019 08:36:33 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254