Australia vs NZ in rematch of 2021 final as T20 WC Super 12 stage kicks off

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Australia vs NZ in rematch of 2021 final as T20 WC Super 12 stage kicks off
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T20 World Cup 2022: Defending champions Australia will face trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in a rematch of the T20 World Cup 2021 final to kick off the Super 12 stage in Sydney on October 22.

T20 World Cup: New Zealand, Australia face-off in Super 12 as rain threat looms large (AFP)

By India Today Web Desk: Defending champions and hosts Australia will begin their title defense against trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in the first match of the Super 12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 at SCG on October 21. The Super 12 opener is a rematch of the T20 World Cup 2021 final where New Zealand were blown away by Australia.

Last year’s beaten finalists, New Zealand, will surely be among the front runners in this year’s competition as they look to avenge the summit clash defeat by this year’s hosts Australia. Australia, on the other hand, have made only one change to the squad that emerged victorious in 2021 and will aim to become the first team to retain the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. They rightly sit among the favourites to win the whole thing with conditions suiting them down to the ground and home crowds squarely behind them.

RAIN THREAT

However, the clash of trans-Tasman rivals may get adversely affected as there is a 90% chance of rain in Sydney due to a Nia weather event, which could cause havoc. New Zealand’s warm-up match against India, which was scheduled for earlier this week in Brisbane, was also washed out due to rain.

According to AccuWeather, there is a 28% – 51% chance of rain during the match hours at the iconic venue. A maximum of 51% around 10:00 PM (local time) may allow for some play, particularly in the first couple of hours after the scheduled start.

CAPTAIN’S CORNER

“Probably, we will look at shuffling the batting order. We have got some power all the way through our order, so we would try to get the match-ups in our favour,” Australia captain Aaron Finch said, explaining a possible tweak in strategy in case of rain.

“You have to be flexible, and then we also need to understand how much is the rain affecting the game? Is it for two overs? Doesn’t make much of a difference. But if it’s a five-over game, that makes a huge difference…” Finch added, making it clear that the team usually decides on whether to go for an extra bowler and sacrifice a bit on the batting only after assessing the situation.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said, “We can’t confirm our final eleven just yet because if the game is shorter, then it is likely to be changed. We will just have to wait and see till tomorrow closer to the match and then take a call…”

PREDICTED XI

Australia (Predicted XI): Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

New Zealand (Predicted XI): Devon Conway (wk), Finn Allen/Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (capt), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, 9 Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi



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