This is a big game because both the teams will want to finish top of the pool. The Trans-Tasman rivalry is a very important rivalry just like India vs Pakistan. In the World Cup 2015, New Zealand had defeated Australia in the group stage but in the final Australia took their revenge.
There’s always an extra spice between Australia vs New Zealand. I think Australia are the favourites for this match. Australia is definitely the team to beat. Mitchell Starc is back in form. Jason Behrendorff has performed brilliantly. Nathan Lyon has given revolutions to the ball.
Batting has really come good for the Aussies. Aaron Finch is in superb form in this World Cup. He is also doing a very aggressive captaincy. David Warner, the more you speak about him it will still be less. Steven Smith and Marcus Stoinis are in good form.
For New Zealand, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are not getting the runs. Kane Williamson is in terrific form but otherwise, Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme are contributing but it’s a slightly falling graph for the Kiwis. So, I think Australia are favourites for this match and they will win and move onto 14 points.
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