After an unbelievable match last week where 488 runs were scored off just 38.5 overs, the Kiwis will be out for revenge with Australia chasing down their mammoth total of 244. On what was best decsribed as a postage-stamp-sized ground, the Aussie batting lineup finally showed their full potential. Martin Guptil scored a 49 ball century but wasn’t enough in front of a packed out Eden Park. The stage is set for another run-fest at the same ground as we preview the players to look out for in Moneyball’s $3,000 Guaranteed Contest.
Chris Lynn – $7,000
Even Lynn himself has admitted he has been below his best this series but has vowed to finish off with a bang. I’m backing him not to miss out again on a batsmen-friendly field where a flick off the pads or a push through the in field is more than enough to find the rope.
Darcy Short – $6,000
Top scored for the Aussies here last week with 76 in a destructive innings. His confidence will be high and the NZ bowlers will know exactly what he is capable of. If he can take a few overs to get his eye in I’m backing him to go even bigger this time around. At $6K he is as good a value as you will find in this match.
Kane Williamson – $7,600
The Kiwi skipper isn’t your usual big hitter but will be wanting to stand up for his country in the final. If one of their powerful openers are out early it will be up to Williamson to steady the ship. He can punish bowlers towards the end of his innings and could easily make a big score here.
Ashton Agar – $4,900
Is categorized as a bowler but if he gets a chance in the middle he will score you some valuable runs. This match will be a run-fest again. You need bowlers who can swing the willow and also keep it economical when they are called on to roll the arm over. Agar seems like a good play for this reason.
Ish Sodhi – $6,000
It is hard to pick any bowler with confidence after last week’s match but I think a smart play is to find bowlers who will bowl in the power play and hopefully get away with a few skied catches to the outfield. Sodhi has some great change-ups and could easily get on a roll through the Aussie middle order.