Match date · 27 Dec 2019 · 00:00 IST

Australia vs New Zealand 2nd match prediction

Australia are on the upper hand after Day 1, finishing the day on 257 for the loss of four wickets at Melbourne. Steve Smith finished the day at 77, with Travis Head scoring 25 runs before the end of play on Day 1. For New Zealand, Neil Wagner and Trent Boult picked up a wicket as all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme picked up two wickets for the visitors.

With the conditions good for batting, Australia would be looking to capitalise on their overnight score as New Zealand would be looking to put an end to the Australian batting on Day 2 of the second Test. We have assembled some of the best bets for you to maximize your profits.

Smith to hit the higher interval...

Steve Smith to score between 110-160 @ 2.75

Steve Smith’s average in the 7 matches that he has played at the MCG is 161.66, which includes two hundreds. The right-handed batsman has scored over 485 runs at the MCG, currently batting at 77 is only 23 runs away from his third century at the revered ground. Further, Smith’s record at home in the 13 games is at an average of 234.87, including a high score of 239. Against New Zealand, Smith’s record at home is exceptional, having an average of 138 in the five games that he has played against the Trans-Tasmania rivals. Bet 365 is offering odds of 2.75 for Smith to score between 110-160 and there lies your opportunity to earn some cash.

...as will his team.

Australia to score between 430 and 500 @ 3.60

The Melbourne Cricket Ground has been a happy hunting place for the Australian national team, with them scoring over 430 runs in 13 occasions at the ground. Further, Australia have already scored 257 for the loss of four wickets. With Steve Smith scoring a century, Australia would be in prime position to go past 430 runs target. The last time Australia played at the MCG, they scored 443 against Sri Lanka and thus it is one of the safest bets. Bet 365 is offering odds of 3.60 for the Aussies to score between 430 and 500 and that should not be tough if Smith hangs in there for the day.

Odds to consider for the smart bettor

Lower odds - still high margin

Australia to win the Test match @1.18

The last two series that Australia have played at home in the 2019 calendar year, they have won against both the oppositions. First, they faced Sri Lanka in the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy, where they won 2-0 before they played against Pakistan in a Two-match Test series. A similar result was on the plate against Pakistan, with Australia being unbeaten at home in the last two series. With Australia already a foot ahead of the Kiwis, Day 2 and 3 are going to solidify their position in the Test match for their third series victory at home this year. Bet 365 is offering odds of 1.18 for Australia to win and going by the statistics and numbers that is how it is likely to go down.