In the first match of the Super 12 stage at ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, defending champion Australia will take on their Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Saturday (October 22).
The Black Caps will look to take revenge for their defeat in the final of last year’s T20 World Cup and make a positive start in this edition, but it won’t be easy as they don’t have an impressive record in Australia.
On the other hand, the Aussies would like to live up to their reputation of being the title holders and get their campaign off to a flying start.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecasted 90% chances of rain in Sydney with 3 to 6mm. “Partly cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm,” it stated in a weather report.
A minimum of five overs is required to get a result for the match and there are no reserve days during the group stages.
The pitch was under cover for most of Friday so Aussie skipper Aaron Finch only got a brief look at it. He said it was on the drier side.
Australia – David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
New Zealand – Devon Conway (wk), Finn Allen, Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi.
Australia – LLWWL (last five completed matches, most recent first)
New Zealand – LWWWL
*W – Win; L – Loss