A victory over Australia in this Friday’s T20i at Eden Park will guarantee the Kiwis a berth in the Tri Series final against the same opposition. A loss however will set up an intriguing battle with England on Sunday given the poms could sneak into the big one if they register a sizable victory in that match. That said, New Zealand’s finals equation is unlikely to worry David Warner’s side and they’ll be gunning for a perfect four from four record in this competition. The Australians have been at their dominant best against both sides, winning each of their three games by 5+ wickets. Furthermore, they have been able to restrict their opponents to -140 totals in two of those matches and -160 in the other one. In that respect, the Green & Gold open up firm favourites for the encounter and are expected to make light work of a side that has lost five of their past seven matches at Eden Park, including their last three straight. Although the value on the the home team is tempting, it’s hard to see the incredibly deep Aussie batting line-up struggling on a wicket that has produced 170+ first innings totals in each of the last three matches played on it.
Despite his well-publicised lean patch, David Warner is without doubt one of the world’s best, and anytime $4+ odds present themselves for the explosive opener, they are well worth considering. Glenn Maxwell is another offering tremendous value at $5.50 given his impressive series that has yielded scores of 39, 103* and 40* whilst Aaron Finch’s claims can’t be ignored at very, very juicy odds. Returning from injury last match, the right-hand bat only required five balls to post an unbeaten 20 which was his sixth double-digit score across his past seven matches (all competitions). For the Kiwis, Kane Williamson at generous $4+ odds is attracting plenty of interest after his 72 against England on Tuesday.
David Warner’s batting average (all formats) in matches against New Zealand is almost 10 runs than his career average against all teams.