Trans-Tasman Blockbuster On Saturday

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Aaron Finch and Tim Southee will go head-to-head on Saturday. Image courtesy of: cricket.com.au

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New Zealand v Australia


Eden Park, Auckland

Saturday February 28 – 11:00 AM (AEST)

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Australia will hope a week off won’t hamper their World Cup campaign when they face an in-form New Zealand side on Saturday.

After walloping England by 111 runs in their first pool match, it's safe to say that if it wasn’t for the weather, the Aussies would be 2-0 heading into Saturday’s clash. However with torrential rain abandoning their match against Bangladesh at the Gabba, Michael Clarke and his men might not be a sharp as their Tasman rivals. Against England, the Aussies were relentless with both bat and ball. Batsman Aaron Finch knocked a massive 135 off just 128 balls, while Mitchell Marsh proved too much to handle with the ball, finishing the day with 5/33. 

The Kiwis are the talk of the tournament at the moment. Not only did they sweep aside Sri Lanka by 98 runs in their opener, they also went on to defeat Scotland by three wickets and destroy England by eight. Their real test comes on Saturday when they take on the ODI World Number Ones. Against England last week, captain Brendan McCullum put in a record-breaking performance with the bat, smashing 77 off just 25 balls, which included an incredible seven sixes . But it was paceman Tim Southee who stole the show, claiming jaw-dropping figures of 7/33 and setting up an enticing showdown with Finch.

It’s been almost a decade since the Kiwis have defeated the Aussies in a One-Dayer, and even longer at a World Cup. New Zealand are in red-hot form at the moment, however, and may just dominate the First 15 Overs . 

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