David Warner’s Australians will take on the Kiwis in the first match of the international tri-series tonight with every expectation of an enthralling affair. Despite losing three of their last five in this form of the game, the Aussies start firm favourites and are expected to maintain their strong H2H record (4-2) against the Kiwis. Furthermore, they enter the fixture with an almost full strength side (Aaron Finch has just been ruled out) which includes short form geniuses Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell. However, the generous $2.30 price on the Kiwis is bound to be popular with punters given the glowing reputation of their side led by the highly-regarded Kane Williamson. Now ranked No.2 in the world, the New Zealanders boast a well-balanced outfit and a powerful batting line-up featuring T20 powerhouse Colin Munro. Although we’re tipping the Aussies in this, the Kiwis are sure to put up a fight and we’re backing this to go down to the final over.
Key stat: Australia has never lost to New Zealand on home soil.
In the High Bat market, David Warner and Chris Lynn are tough to look beyond. That said, D’Arcy Short is a very tempting proposition at a sizeable $5.00. Making his international debut, the left-hand bat enters the game on the back of a highly impressive Big Bash season that has yielded a staggering 504 runs at 56.00. For the away side, Martin Guptill is the favourite, but his skipper might be the player worth considering. Although Williamson has failed in each of his last two innings, in the eight matches prior (all formats), he wasn’t dismissed in single figures and racked up five scores of 20+.
Key stat: In his last eight innings, D’Arcy Short has banked five 40+ scores, three of which were 90+.