New Zealand will take on Australia in the second game of the five-match series at the University Oval in Dunedin on Thursday, February 25.
How many of you will agree that the first T20 was a one-sided affair and it was New Zealand who bossed the game against the Kangaroos? Australia might have grabbed them by their neck but it was just a matter of time that Devon Conway unleashed himself on the Aussies. The left-hander launched a serious assault on almost every single bowler that came into his way. Conway finished on 99* runs yesterday and all of us were feeling gutted as he could not reach that three figure mark after a blitzkrieg. The Kiwis set a total of 184 runs in their allotted 20 overs and all of a sudden Aaron Finch and co. had a mountain to climb. The ball hardly did anything during the first innings and it started doing all sorts of things in the second. Tim Southee and Trent Boult launched a scathing attack on the top order and Australia were crumbling down like a house of cards, losing the match by 53 runs at the end. Outclassed and outplayed in every single department, the Aussies will be looking to bounce back in the second T20 international of the series. While we wait in anticipation, let me serve you three of the best betting tips from the forthcoming fixture of NZ vs AUS on a platter, because, Duh! We have got to think about our wallets as well at the end of the day.
The kind of devastating form Devon Conway is in right now, 26 runs seem to be a meagre formality for him. Believe it or not his last five T20 scores look something like this - 99*, 93*, 91*, 69* and 50! Don't be stunned - you read that right! That is the kind of devastating form he is in and the Kiwis would want him to go at it again during the second T20 international. Conway was the second-highest run getter in the recently concluded Super Smash as he went on to score 455 runs in just 10 matches at an incredible average of 65.00. In 5 T20 international innings, Conway has notched up 273 runs at an astounding average of 91.00. In his career, the left-hander has played 87 T20 matches so far and has scored 2949 runs at an average of 44.68 including two hundreds and 22 half centuries. Sportsbet.io has offered betting odds of 1.85 for Devon Conway to score at least 26 runs and this prediction should be the order of the day!
The Australian opener has not been in good touch in recent times with the bat and it is even more evident if you look at his T20I numbers away from home. Matthew Wade has featured in 13 T20 games for Australia and has scored just 118 runs at a poor average of 11.80. The last T20 was his first T20 international match against New Zealand and as usual he was dismissed for just 12 runs. Under the leadership of Aaron Finch, Wade has played nine matches and has scored 163 runs at an average of just just above 20.0. In the second match of any T20 international series, Wade has an average of just 19.75. The scenarios I have mentioned so far are indicative of the fact that Wade is not likely to score more than 22 runs and considering the form the New Zealand bowlers are in at the moment, we are in for a victory here. Sportsbet.io has offered betting odds of 1.85 for the same and I believe you should not be wasting any more time and just place your bets.
This is a tricky one but if you actually look at the numbers I am going to mention here, you will eventually believe me as well. In the first game of the series, New Zealand managed to clobber six sixes compared to Australia's five hits out of the park. In the last five T20 encounters between these two sides, New Zealand have smashed 38 sixes whereas Australians could manage to hit 30 of them. These two teams have never played at the University Oval in Dunedin so I cannot give you sort of statistics. However, in the last five T20 matches played between these two sides, New Zealand has smashed 43 sixes and Australia, on the other hand, could send the ball out of the park 36 times. Sportsbet.io has offered betting odds of 2.24 yet again for New Zealand to hit more sixes in the game and this surely looks like a winner!
Devon Conway to score over 25.5 runs - @ 1.85 (Sportsbet.io)
Matthew Wade to score under 22.5 runs - @ 1.85 (Sportsbet.io)
New Zealand to hit more sixes - @ 2.24 (Sportsbet.io)