Watch New Zealand vs Australia cricket highlights, NZ vs AUS highlights of the 2nd One Day International played today on December 6, 2016 at Canberra. Against predictions from many cricket gurus, Australia won the first ODI of the series. Now both will clash again at Canberra in the next stage of the series where kangaroos are one victory ahead of the kiwis. The next game is a must-win for New Zealand in order to stay equal in the Chappell-Hadlee-Trophy. The team and its supporters must be disheartened after their loss against Australia in Sydney. The way they were easily outclassed by the Aussies is another aspect to feel frustration. Many things did not turn in the favor of kiwis like the LBW decision of the umpire when Steve Smith was batting in his twenties.
These decisions look small but are in fact grand in impact to change the scenario of the whole game. New Zealand coach Mike Hasson clearly showed his displeasure which can be sensed from the statements he gave to media afterwards. But we don’t blame him because anyone who is concerned about the victory of his team would be reacting in the same manner as he did. The main reason why that LBW was talked about a lot is the innings that Smith played afterward.
Some experts predict that toss will play a major part. Martin Guptill is definitely capable of scoring huge runs and he has also proven it in the last game. A lot will depend on how he performs. However such expectations always put extra pressure on the batsmen. While chasing a huge total, he scored a century in the last game. If kiwis get to bat first it will surely be very exciting to watch him perform without the pressure of chasing runs.
From Australian side, Aaron Finch will surely be very desperate to perform after scoring a duck in the last game. Only time can tell whether he will be able to score another hundred like he scored against South Africa and India in recent past. Guptill is not the only problem for Australian bowling line up. Even if they manage to send him back to the dressing room, they still have one batsman to watch out especially in order to break the backbone of kiwis squad.
Colin Munro, who scored 49 last time, will be looking forward to the next game with prayers that unlike previous ODI, he may get support from the other end. He firmly agrees that the New Zealand squad really needs to take their innings deeper. All eyes are on today’s match which, if won by the hosts, will leave the series open for the final ODI.