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New Zealand vs Australia 2nd T20 Predictions & Tips - Magnificent Conway to take New Zealand to victory

  • New Zealand vs Australia predictions for Thursday’s T20 cricket match
  • The match will be played in Dunedin at 01:00 GMT
  • Devon Conway averages 91 runs per innings in T20I cricket
  • I am backing Devon Conway to score 50+ runs
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Devon Conway has scored 90+ runs in his last 3 T20 matches (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 23 Feb 2021
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New Zealand vs Australia Predictions


New Zealand were magnificent in the 1st T20 and with five wins from their last six, they offer great value to win again. Devon Conway’s magnificent form cannot be ignored in the run scoring markets.

  • New Zealand’s Devon Conway has scored 50+ runs in his last 5 T20 innings.
  • New Zealand’s Devon Conway averages 91.00 in T20I’s.
  • New Zealand have won 5 of their last 6 T20I matches.
  • Australia’s Mitchell Marsh has scored 40+ runs in 3 of his last 5 T20 matches.
  • Australia’s Mitchell Marsh top scored for Australia in his last T20I.

Head to Head


Australia hold a commanding 7-2 lead over New Zealand in 10 previous encounters. One match ended in a tie.

It was however New Zealand who dominated the first T20 of this series, winning by a comfortable 53 runs in Christchurch.

New Zealand Form


New Zealand’s T20 form has improved drastically over recent times. They have won five of their last six fixtures in this format with their only defeat coming against Pakistan in a dead rubber.

In the 1st T20 against Australia, the Black Caps were convincing winners by 53 runs. New Zealand were sent in to bat by the Aussies and found themselves at 19-3 early on. 

Devon Conway however batted magnificently for his unbeaten 99 while Glenn Phillips smashed his way to 30 in a total of 185 runs.

Ish Sodhi then took 4-28 in four overs to dismiss Australia for a meager 131 runs. 

New Zealand Injuries & Team News


New Zealand will in all probability go into the match unchanged. There will be plenty of opportunity to bring new blood into the side over the following three fixtures.

Much of the revival of the T20 side has to do with the emergence of Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway. They will once again be out to prove a point in the 2nd T20.

Australia Form


Australia’s last T20 series took place in December 2020 which saw them lose 2-1 to India in home conditions. They would have wanted to rectify that with a series win over New Zealand but suffered defeat at the first hurdle in Christchurch.

Aaron Finch sent the hosts in to bat and started well with the ball. But after the first five overs, everything seemed to go wrong for the visitors.

The Black Caps posted 184-5 in their 20 overs, a big chase for any side. Australia faltered early on as only Mitchell Marsh showed any real quality, scoring 45 runs in a 131-run total.

Australia Injuries & Team News


Australia could look to make a few changes after bringing a young squad across the Tasman.

Josh Philippe made his debut, but batted at three opposed to his normal opening birth. He could swap positions with Matthew Wade at the top of the order.

D’Arcy Short will also be looking to get a run in the opening batsmen birth. After impressive Big Bash performances, Ashton Turner and Ben McDermott are sure to get a run in the middle order at some point in the five-match series.

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Verdict

New Zealand have won five of their last six T20I and are backed to win again. Devon Conway offers value in the best New Zealand batsman market after scoring 99 runs in the last match.

For Australia, Mitchell Marsh has been consistent in recent T20 matches so can be backed to be their top scorer.

Best Bet: New Zealand Win Result @-125.00 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Best New Zealand Batsman Tip: Devon Conway Best New Zealand Batsman @400.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best Australia Batsman Tip: Mitchell Marsh Best Australia Batsman @550.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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