Two big matches for the day! Australia vs New Zealand and South Africa vs England. What a fun! Wish these matches were scheduled on a weekend. By the way, India vs Pakistan match is scheduled tomorrow and that would be the mother of all games. Watch T20 World Cup 2016 Live Streaming and scores on HotStar. Star Sports will bring live telecast of T20 world cup matches in India with live Hindi and English commentary.
New Zealand have had a flying start to the world cup. They continued their winning run against India in T20 cricket. They didn't just win it, but improved their net run rate by a huge margin. On the other hand, India would be in trouble now with a loss and huge negative net run rate.
Although it was a low scoring game, New Zealand batsmen atleast manged a decent score on the board. The pitch wasn't batting friendly. So one can't assume that their batsmen failed. If they get a flat track, they would show how hard and far they can hit the ball. Australian bowlers would be wary of this fact.
Australians would be wary of another factor - way New Zealand spinners have generated turn. Shane Watson called it 'incredible'. So overall, its not going to be so easy for Australia to register a win today at Dharamsala.
Although Australians haven't had too much of success recently in T20 format, they would enjoy playing in India. Most of their players have had a chance to play in IPL and they have flourished here.
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The other match will be played in the evening between South Africa and England. The England batsmen did a good job by posting a 180 plus total against West Indies. But when Mr. Gayle gets going, no team can stop him. It was another Gayle storm that swept away England bowlers. With a loss on the points tally, England would now be under pressure to win this one. But as we all know. beating South Africa in any form of cricket is a daunting task.
We all know that Wankhede has been a venue with raining sixes. And with big hitters in both the teams, we expect loads of runs today in Mumbai.
Overall South Africans are favourites to win this one. The only threat they would face is the England spinners. If Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali click, they can bring some trouble for AB de Villiers and company.
That's the short preview of both the matches lined up today. Catch all the action live on Star Sports and HotStar.