Match Preview – 1AM ADST Monday 15 November
The Semi Finals of the T20 World Cup produces two upsets, with New Zealand and Australia making it through to the Final of the 2021 T20 World Cup. Both teams needed 50+ runs with 4 overs to go and got it with 6 balls to spare. These two teams making the Final ahead of the more fancied India or England may be a surprise, but whichever captain wins the toss electing to bowl first certainly won’t be. Both teams have experienced campaigners who are used to the big stage, bat deep and have a strong pace attack. Adam Zampa has been a standout throughout the tournament but New Zealand having both Sodhi and Santner could be an advantage if they are able to bowl first. David Warner’s 49 off 30 against a strong Pakistani bowling unit would give him a world of confidence and Mitch Marsh seemed to be back in the form that saw him take the number three position off Steve Smith.
Although he’s likely still the best red ball batsman in the world, we’re extremely confident that he isn’t worth a spot in your Draftstars team.
Draftstars have a $6,000 contest for the World Cup final but given that Australia has been on a dream run, we could see the entries surpass initial expectations and first prize to be more than the $753 it stands at currently. With little form to go off for these two teams playing each other, it’s worth looking closely at the toss to see how the game will play out. Our pre-game advice would be to stack your teams with players from the team that bowls first. It has been a common trend for bowlers to struggle with the dew in the second innings, especially for the spinners and the death bowlers in crunch situations when trying to land their yorkers. Matthew Wade, Glenn Phillips & Marcus Stoinis all look like attractive options, priced between $10,800 & $11,600. Going with two of the three will allow you to look at the top-priced guys like Maxwell, Guptill or New Zealand’s hero from the Semi Final, Daryl Mitchell.
Mitchell Marsh $13,700 & Aaron Finch $13,300. The Australian top three should cope much better with the New Zealand bowling attack than against Shaheen Afridi, so we’ve picked out the more affordable Finch and Marsh as our value picks. They become even better value if Finch can win the toss and decide to bat second. They’ve both shown glimpses of good form this tournament without getting a big score so we think it could be a great option to back them in to produce against a bowling attack they would back themselves to dominate.
Kane Williamson $16,200. Another player who has been OK without getting a big score in the World Cup so far. Throughout the heartbreak of the 2019 50 over World Cup, the Test Championship win earlier this year and their charge throughout the T20 World Cup in Dubai, Kane Williamson has led New Zealand excellently. He is a consistent performer in the IPL and never shies away from a challenge. With Devon Conway ruled out, Williamson will know he needs to be there till the death overs to either set a challenging total or seal the run chase. We think he’ll be an excellent pick to lock in a good base score for your team.
Mitchell Santner $13,900. Santner is an impressive three-dimensional T20 cricketer. However, with only 9 runs and two wickets so far this tournament, we can confidently say he’s one to stay away from in this contest. He has also only bowled 3 overs across New Zealand’s last two games. Avoid.
Steven Smith $14,000. It’s hard to see a situation in which Steve Smith can go big. If Australia get off to a strong start, players like Maxwell and Stoinis will likely bat ahead of him. If they lose a couple of quick wickets, he’ll likely have to rebuild and score 30-40 runs at a run a ball. And that’s if he doesn’t get out early himself. Although he’s likely still the best red ball batsman in the world, we’re extremely confident that he isn’t worth a spot in your Draftstars team.
18+ Gamble Responsibly