Match Prediction: Australia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI

The Trans-Tasman rivals are gearing up to take a dig at each other in the 3-game ODI series which is scheduled to begin on March 13. The first match of the series is set to be played at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground, starting at 9:00 AM IST.

New Zealand is coming after a fantastic series against India where they whitewashed the Men in Blue 5-0 in the ODIs held at home. On the other hand, Aussies last met South Africa and suffered a horrific 0-3 defeat at the hands of the Proteas. Watching the two meet on the field will definitely be an enthralling sight. Both the teams will be entering the first game of the series intending to set their foot right & register the series to their name.

Pitch Report & Weather Conditions 

The Sydney pitch has always been known as a batting paradise. However, the pitch is likely to slow down as the match progresses, offering spinners the advantage. The team winning the toss is expected to bat first.

Talking about the weather, then a bright and sunny day is expected on Friday. The temperature will be somewhere around 17-23 degrees Celsius. 

Probable Playing XI

Australia 

David Warner, Aaron Finch (C), Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, D’Arcy Short, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey (WK), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

New Zealand

Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson.

Key Players 

Australia 

David Warner

Steven Smith 

New Zealand

Ross Taylor

Kane Williamson