While Indian team wins against West Indies and brings another good news for the Indian cricket fans, Australia prepares hard before they take on New Zealand in a must win situation. Australia, the defending champions are striving hard to stay alive in this competition. They haven't performed upto the mark in the warm ups and they have already lost a match in this Champions Trophy against England. Australia vs New Zealand match will be live telecasted in India on channels like Star Cricket and Star Sports 2.
New Zealand did well to beat England 2-1 in the ODI series. They faced Srilanka in their first match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. It was a real hard fight for both the teams. One would have lost all the nails while watching that match. Sans few, most of the batsmen from either of the teams failed to score well. It was good to see the bowlers dominating on that day. Somehow New Zealand managed to go past Malinga and win the match.
Kyle Mills bowled very well and so did Mitchell McClenaghan. Daniel Vettori bowled well but he seems to be unfit for the match against Australia. Nathan McCullum came up with a brilliant allround performance that also helped him win the Man of the Match award.
Australia banks a lot on the openers Warner and Watson. If these two get going, they can have a strong base to build a good score. Skipper Bailey managed to score well against England but he ran short of partners. The team still looks strong in terms of the bowling department. Watson can clinch some wickets. McKay and Faulkner are consistent wicket takers. Inclusion of a spinner would be smart move for Australia.
This is the seventh match of the tournament. Few more matches to go and very soon we would land up in the knock out stage. Very soon we would also be aware of the four teams that would make it to the semis. Until now everything is uncertain and hence exciting!