AUS v NZ v ENG - T20


The Trans-Tasman Cup T20 International tournament reached it’s final phase and one among teams down under will lift the trophy in Wednesday’s Final. Co-hosts Australia and New Zealand had been qualified for the Final and Eden Park in Auckland will host the entertaining final. Australia dominated in league stage by winning all 4 matches while New Zealand managed to win only one game against England. The Final match between New Zealand vs Australia is schedule to start at 7 PM Local | 11:30 AM IST on Wednesday, 21st February, 2018.



Kane Williamson led-side was completely dominant in the first half of this home season when they whitewashed West Indies across formats and beat Pakistan with clean-sweep in the ODI series. But, things are contrarily changed when they faced the first loss of the season against Pakistan in the 2nd T20I last month. In the end New Zealand had lost that shorter format series by 1-2 to Pakistan and managed to win only a game in the ongoing Tri-Nation series. Only 1 win out of 6 matches puts New Zealand under pressure when are they facing strong Australian side in the final. On Sunday, New Zealand came just two runs short against England but still they will play with an unchanged XI in the final. The openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill are pillars of New Zealand batting at the moment. Both Munro and Guptill offers a solid start for the team almost every time. Guptill smashed two half-centuries and a huge century in last three matches so far. He is in prime form and he needs to play one more big innings to give a momentum for his team. On other side, the power hitter Munro came with back-to-back firing half-centuries. First he smashed 76 off just 33 balls against Australia and also he scored 57 runs off just 21 balls against England on Sunday. Both of these openers deserves a place in your fantasy teams.

Skipper Kane Williamson had played only one big innings in the shortest format this home season and that came against England a week ago. He is a big match player and he should prove that by playing well in this huge match. Williamson used to bowl few overs, hopefully will claim one or two wickets too. Former Hong Kong batsman Mark Chapman made New Zealand debut last week and he straightaway impressed with some decent knocks in last 3 matches. But he needs to score runs at better strike-rate in this final. The well experienced Ross Taylor didn’t get much of batting chances in this series, once he get enough balls and time, he will go for big innings for sure. Tim Seifert who replaced Tom Blundell in the squad, will take care of wicket keeper’s job along with some power-hitting in middle-order. All rounder Colin de Grandhomme failed to produce flying start in last few matches and also struggled to bowl an economical spell. As Auckland is a small ground, it will be a perfect place for De Grandhomme’s fireworks.

The no. 1 T20I bowler Mitchell Santner had the most baddest match where he conceded none for 32 in just 2 overs against England on Sunday. But still he is no.1 bowler and he has all ability to turn the match on his team’s favor. He will be play a key role against a power-hit unit of Australia. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi had bowled another decent spell against England and he is expected to pick minimum of two wickets in the must win clash. The regular pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult has lot to prove in this game. Southee conceded 48 for 1 in 4 overs when he played against Australia last time, but his good comeback spell against England gives lot of hope. Boult had conceded 40+ runs for a third time in a row. The wicket-taking aspect had picked 6 wickets in 3 innings but he should bowl an economical spell in this match. Ben Wheeler and Anaru Kitchen will be sit out mostly.



The team which struggled a lot in T20 format for past couple of years, Australia came so strong in this tri-series with very good combination of players. Big Bash stars finally earned a places in the national team and proved their talents match after match. The bowling unit weren’t up to the mark at times but quality batting lineup won all four matches for the team in the league stage. Skipper David Warner was the one who faced lot of troubles to get back his form then he too played an firing knock in the last league match against the same opponent New Zealand. Well balanced Australian side is the favorite right now but their performances on match day will decide their fate. The in-form opener D’Arcy Short had played consistently well in the series and he just carry forwarded his explosive BBL form to international arena. He is a quite dangerous player at top order and he will be a key batsman for both Australia and fantasy users. David Warner was back to the form and now he is one of the most dangerous batsman among all others in this match. His superb knock of 24 balls 59 runs set the match nicely on his team’s favor other day, hopes for more runs from him in this big clash.

T20 specialists Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell are batting at very important position 3 and 4. Lynn is known for big hitting and he is in mixed form in this series. He fell early in 2 innings and played a handy knocks in other two matches. All-rounder Maxwell deserves a place in all your fantasy teams and he made it with his clinical power-hitting performances. Maxi occasionally bowl off-spin and when he bowls used to pick wickets too. The arrival of Aaron Finch bolster Australia’s batting much further and he already contributed with 20* (5 balls) and 36* (14 balls). The regular opener bats at no. 5 in this series and he is expect to play at same position once again. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis was too expensive in the last match and also ran out for only 4 runs. That may open the doors for Travis Head but Stonis till has 50/50 chances in this game. With a heavy batting lineup, Australia underused the wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey who led Strikers to title triumph which remarkable performances in recent BBL season. There would be no wonder if Carey gets his opportunity and bat up in the order.

The left-arm spinner Ashton Agar plays the specialist spinner role in this series. Another star of BBL07 performing well in this series too. Agar has claimed 4 wickets in 4 innings and the major part is that he bowls economical spells. Andrew Tye, the major wicket-taking T20 bowler gone for too many runs in the last game at this same venue. He leaked 64 runs in 4 overs other night but his performances in past 2 months will assure his place in the Final. Kane Richardson and Billy Stanlake are other two pacers in the regular XI. Stanlake started his an international career with 3 wickets haul but after that he used to give away runs in last few matches. Still he picked 7 wickets in 4 matches. Richardson also leaks runs at times but he used to compensate it with wickets. Adam Zampa and Ben Dwarshuis will warm the bench once again.




  • Colin Munro
  • Martin Guptill
  • Colin de Grandhomme
  • Kane Williamson
  • Mitchell Santner
  • Trent Boult
  • Tim Southee

Top Pick – Ross Taylor



  • David Warner
  • Aaron Finch
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • D’Arcy Short
  • Ashton Agar
  • Andrew Tye
  • Billy Stanlake

Top Pick – Chris Lynn




1. Martin Guptill, 2. Colin Munro, 3. Kane Williamson, 4. Ross Taylor, 5. Mark Chapman, 6. Colin de Grandhomme, 7. Tim Seifert, 8. Mitchell Santner, 9. Ish Sodhi, 10. Tim Southee, 11. Trent Boult.


1. David Warner, 2. D’Arcy Short, 3. Chris Lynn, 4. Glenn Maxwell, 5. Aaron Finch, 6. Marcus Stoinis / Travis Head, 7. Alex Carey, 8. Ashton Agar, 9. Andrew Tye, 10. Kane Richardson, 11. Billy Stanlake.




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