NZL- AUS 3RD T20 PREVIEW

After two victories in the 5 match T20I  series in their own backyard against the visiting Australians,  the Kiwis wants to take an unassailable lead in the 3rd T20I at Sky Stadium ( formerly Westpac stadium) tonight ( 3rd March,2021) at Wellington , after it was shifted here due to COVID-19 spread scare.  And all the remaining 3 matches are going to be played here only.

For the Aussies it is a make or break match as the stakes are high as the T20 WC is round the corner later this year in India.   As they narrowly missed the win in the 2nd T20 few days back by just a boundary hit , they want to prove a point. 

SKY STADIUM, WELLINGTON (NEWZELAND)

The Westpac Stadium became quite famous since its inception in 2000 and has been a witness to a number of major tournaments and events since.

Sky Stadium

Pay-television broadcaster “Sky” has bought the naming rights to Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand.

The six-year deal comes into effect on January 1,2020  and officially renames the venue as the Sky Stadium. Sky has agreed the deal with Wellington Regional Stadium Trust (WRST), owner and operator of the venue, which is commonly referred to as “The Cake Tin “.

“Sky is a leader in sport, broadcast technology and innovation, and we will be seeking to deliver new technologies and content ideas to our venue.”

Westpac Stadium has a capacity of 34,500 and hosts rugby, cricket and football matches, as well as music concerts.

As far as the game is concerned, the home team is in an upbeat mood as both their batsmen and bowlers did well in the  earlier two outings.  In the first match it was Conway’s powerful hitting (99 runs) and Ish Sodhi’s leg spin and in the 2nd it was back to form of their opener Guptil’s knock ( 97) and the nerve wrecking final over by the all rounder, James Neesham’s golden arm saved the day in spite of Australian heroic efforts of Stoinis and Sams.  So their team is more or less settled with only concern of Jamieson who was proving very expensive.

For Aussies without their star players, it’s really tough to clobber together an ideal XI in the present team set-up.  Their top order batting  with the captain Finch yet to fire and the power hitter Maxwell also failing, they are wanting a big score.  Only the late order pyrotechnics by Stoinis and Sams almost carried the team to a cusp of a victory in the 2nd match.  And their bowlers also leaking heavy runs in the middle lowers in the range of 11 runs is a cause of concern.  There may be some slight changes in this match to make a match of the Black Caps in their home turf.

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