Match date · 28 Dec 2019 · 00:00 IST

Australia vs New Zealand Day 4 match prediction

Australia will aim to extend their lead in Day 4 of the ongoing Test match against New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Australia are arguably in sniffing distance of yet another victory with a 456-run lead and two days to go. New Zealand at the best can restrict the Aussies as soon as possible and try to bat the rest of Day 4 and Day 5 to save a Test match which is already out of their grasp. But, we you have loads to gain with the top three bets from Day 4. Do also check out the bonus tip at the end.

Taylor to continue his positive trend

Ross Taylor to top score for New Zealand in the second innings @ 4.75

Well, you might be amazed as to why a certain Kane Williamson has been omitted, but frankly speaking, Ross Taylor has been playing better cricket off-late. In the last five innings, Taylor has amassed runs of 22, 80, 105, 53 and 23 at an impressive average of 56.6. Out of which, he was the top scorer in two occasions. His average against Australia is a whopping 47.65.

Taylor’s last five innings against Australia reads – 22, 80, 32, 21 and 36. Even though it’s not very impressive, he finds it comfortable playing in Australia. Having played 9 matches across the Tasman Sea, Ross has scored 747 runs at an average of 46.68 with a top score of 290 (his career best) at the WACA, in Perth. With his 4th innings average at a healthy 40.33, I am quite sure he is going to top the charts for New Zealand in their second innings of the ongoing Test match at the MCG.

Matthew Wade expected to be Caught early on

Matthew Wade to get out next @ 1.72

With Australia already leading by 456 runs, there is little scope for the overnight batsman to score big innings, but looking at the intent of both Travis Head and Matthew Wade historically, we can gauge the obvious outcome of Wade getting dismissed first. If we consider the recent form, Travis Head has garnered an average of 52.75 in the ongoing 2019/20 series, going along with his impressive form against the Kiwis, averaging 62.33 including a century.

Expect Matthew Wade to get out early

On the other hand, Matthew Wade’s average against New Zealand is a mere 27.33 and a top score of 38 runs. With a declaration around the corner, the more aggressive Wade is likely to some in a flurry and therefore has more chances of being dismissed than the orthodox Travis Head who isn’t known for taking risks in red ball cricket. Wade’s last five innings against New Zealand – 38, 17, 12, 38, 60. Without much fuss, you should place your money on this bet.

Method of dismissal – Caught @ 1.40

The Boxing Day Test match has given us an attendance of 80,000 in the Day 1 and has also provided us with numerous caught dismissals from the first session itself. In Australia’s first innings, 7 dismissals were caught, while New Zealand’s innings had 8. Australia are four down at stumps on Day 3, and guess what, three of the wickets fell were caught.

New Zealand’s game plan of bowling short has paid off for them so far in the second innings, leading to batsman playing loose shot and eventually getting caught. Matthew Wade and Travis Head were both dismissed by a catch in the first innings, does it hint something? Please do the obvious and place your money on this bet, because you are in for a lot.

Bonus Bet

Now, you can wager $100 each for the above bets and win a total of $787 ($475 + $172 + $140). But, taking a little risk and parlaying the three bets with odds of 11.43 for just $100, it will fetch you a total of $1143! (11 times the investment of $100).