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New Zealand vs Australia 4th T20 Predictions & Tips - In-form Guptill backed to score big

  • New Zealand vs Australia predictions for Friday’s T20 cricket match
  • The fixture will be played in Wellington at the Basin Reserve at 06:00 GMT
  • Martin Guptill has returned to form with 98 & 43 runs in his last 2 matches
  • I am backing Devon Conway score over 22.5 runs in the match
  • Predictions, stats, team news & preview
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Martin Guptill has scored 98 & 43 runs in his last two T20 matches (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 05 Mar 2021
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New Zealand vs Australia Predictions


New Zealand lead the series 2-1 with two matches to play. Devon Conway has had an impressive start to his international career and is backed to score over 22.5 runs. 

  • New Zealand’s Devon Conway has over 22.5 runs in 6 of his last 7 matches.
  • New Zealand’s Devon Conway has scored 50+ runs in 5 of his last 7 matches.
  • New Zealand’s Martin Guptill has scored 98 & 43 runs in his last 2 T20 matches.
  • Australia’s Josh Philippe has scored 45 & 43 runs in his last 2 T20 matches.

Head to Head


Australia hold an 8-3 lead over New Zealand in 12 previous T20I matches. One match ended in a tie.

New Zealand lead the current series 2-1 after Australia won the last T20 by 64 runs at the Basin Reserve.

New Zealand Form


New Zealand won the opening two T20I matches against Australia but suffered defeat in the third. That keeps the five-match series very much alive.

The Black Caps won the toss and elected to field first, a decision they would later regret. Australia went on to score 208 runs for the loss of only four wickets. Ish Sodhi was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2-32 in four overs.

Martin Guptill backed up his 98 from the last match with 43 runs as the hosts got off to a decent start. Devon Conway scored 38 runs but there was little else from the rest of the batting order.

Eventually the Black Caps were bowled out for 144 runs with more than two overs to spare. They lost by 64 runs.

New Zealand Injuries & Team News


New Zealand went into the first two matches with the same team but made one change for the 3rd T20. Mitchell Santner made way for Mark Chapman.

While Chapman is likely to get another run, the hosts are not likely to make too many more changes as they seek a series victory.

Australia Form


Australia have kept the five-match series alive by winning the 3rd T20 at the Basin Reserve by 64 runs. 

For the first time in the series, Australia batted first and scored 208 runs in their 20 overs. Aaron Finch eventually found some runs after a horrid run of form has he scored 69 runs. 

Josh Philippe backed up his 45 runs from the last match to score 43 while Glenn Maxwell top scored on 70 runs off just 31 balls.

The hosts started the chase well but Ashton Agar turned the tide in Australia’s favour, taking a magnificent 6-30 in four overs. New Zealand were dismissed for 144 runs.

Australia Injuries & Team News


After going unchanged through the first two matches, Australia brought fast bowler, Riley Meredith into the side for the 3rd T20. He replaced Daniel Sams and impressed, taking 2-24 in four overs.

Matthew Wade has now failed to score runs in the first three matches. The selectors seem keen to stick with him but D’Arcy Short will want an opportunity to show what he can do.

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Verdict

Devon Conway has been very consistent in his run scoring recently. He is backed to score over 22.5 runs while Martin Guptill's form deserves backing in the best New Zealand batsman and the top match batsman markets.

For Australia, Josh Philippe has been their most consistent player. He is tipped to top score for the visitors in Wellington.

Best Bet: Conway Over 22.5 Runs Over/Under Runs @-120.48 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best New Zealand Batsman Tip: Martin Guptill Best New Zealand Batsman @275.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best Australia Batsman Tip: Josh Philippe Best Australia Batsman @400.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Top Match Batsman Tip: Martin Guptill Top Match Batsman @475.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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