NZ vs AUS: 2nd T20I Match Fantasy Predictions, Tips, Teams, Pitch Report & Top Picks

image-lswy31ulNZ vs AUS, T20I Series: Fantasy Tips for the 2nd Match (Source:

Following a last-ball decider in the first T20I, the Trans-Tasmanian battle in the white ball format transcends into peak level of enthusiasm. The second T20I of the three-match series will see Australia and New Zealand lock horns in the Eden Park, Auckland. The visitors have taken a 1-0 lead and it will be interesting to see how the hosts does this time around.

Ahead of the game, here is a look at the top player picks, pitch report, fantasy tips, predictions and the best-predicted XIs for the fantasy contests of the match. 

NZ vs AUS Head-to-Head Stats 

The Trans-Tasmanian rivals have squared off in 17 T20Is so far and the Aussies have had the edge with eleven victories. New Zealand have won the remaining six matches. From the last five encounters, Australia have won three games while the Kiwis have emerged victorious twice.

Australia Won
New Zealand Won

NZ vs AUS Pitch Report

The Eden Park is a high-scoring venue and the batters tend to enjoy here as the ball comes nicely onto the bat. The pacers tend to generate swing with the new ball but there's some assistance for the spinners as well. The bounce is true in nature with short boundary dimensions.

Eden Park, Auckland Ground Stats (T20Is)

Matches: 26
Matches won batting first: 11
Matches won batting second: 11
Tied: 4

Average first innings total: 172
Average second innings total: 153
Highest total chased: 245/5 by Australia
Home team win percentage at venue: 38%

Fantasy Value from Pitch Report 

  •  Pick more batters and all-rounders 
  • Pick more in-form batters from the top five
  • Pick bowlers who are good at slog overs.

NZ vs AUS Fantasy Cricket Tips

Scenario 1: If Australia bats first

  •  Devon Conway found his groove back and hit his first century since October.
  • Finn Allen has scored 364 runs from last ten innings and has a strike rate of 206 from last two innings at venue.
  • Rachin Ravindra smashed 68 in the last game and had a good 2023 World Cup outing in Oct-Nov.

Scenario 2: If Australia bat first 

  •  Glenn Maxwell has been creating miracles with the bat on a frequent basis since the past six months. He has racked 283 runs from last six innings.
  • Tim David has a batting Strike rate of 179.9 and averages 46.6 from last ten innings.
  • Since becoming the captain, Mitch Marsh averages 80 with the bat. He has smashed 320 runs and has an outstanding batting Strike Rate of 175.82.

image-lswy9b2kLockie Ferguson can be a good choice for the fantasy contests of the match (Source:

NZ vs AUS Winner Predictions

The toss-winning captain may elect to bat first going by the average numbers on respective innings at the venue. However, Australia have chased down a hefty total in the past and this would inspire the team batting second. 

NZ vs AUS Top Player Picks

Mitchell Marsh (AUS)

The Australian all-rounder has been scintillating with the bat since he became the captain of the side. He smashed a match-winning fifty in the last game and has accumulated 320 runs from seven innings with an excellent average of 80.

Rachin Ravindra (NZ)

The young gun has been phenomenal in filling the void of Kane Williamson at no.3. He had a terrific World Cup 2023 and continues to flourish in the T20I format as well. He scored 68 in the last game and can be more than handy with his left-arm orthodox spin.

David Warner (AUS)

'The Bull' is ageing like a fine wine. He had a very good Australian summer at the cusp of retirement and will look to replicate his heroics at the fag end of his T20I career. Warner looked good in the last game and will hope to convert this time. 

Devon Conway (NZ)

The Wellington Firebirds' wicketkeeper-batter found his form back in the last game. He scored a well-tailored fifty in the last game. Conway is someone who tends to continue his good momentum with the bat and this could mean a high score off his willow is due to come soon.

NZ vs AUS Differential Picks

 Finn Allen (NZ)

The swashbuckling top-order batter has the tendency to bring quick runs inside the powerplay. He has been striking over 200 from his last two international participations at the venue. 

Travis Head (AUS)

The Australian top-order batter can take any opposition by a storm with his range of stroke play. Travis Head has been in terrific form with the bat and it was evident during the knockout stages of the World Cup 2023.

image-lswybxfrGlenn Maxwell can be an impactful choice for the fantasy contests of the match (Source:

Glenn Maxwell (AUS)

The Australian all-rounder may have leaked plenty of runs in the last game but it does not rule out the fact that he can smack double of what he concedes. Glenn Maxwell has played some mind-boggling knocks in recent times- one against Afghanistan in the 2023 World Cup and recently against West Indies. 

NZ vs AUS Fantasy Expert Advice

Given the playing conditions and expected team compositions, 1-4-3-3 or 2-3-4-2 combination is best suited for the upcoming encounter.

NZ vs AUS Fantasy Team for Head-to-Head/Small Leagues

Wicketkeeper: Devon Conway, Finn Allen
Batters: David Warner, Mitch Marsh, Tim David, Glenn Phillips
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Santner, Rachin Ravindra
Bowlers: Mitchell Starc, Lockie Ferguson

Captain: Rachin Ravindra
Vice-Captain: Mitch Marsh

New Zealand: 6 Players; Australia: 5 Players

NZ vs AUS Fantasy Team for Winner Takes All/Grand Leagues 

Wicketkeeper: Devon Conway, Josh Inglis
Batters: David Warner, Mitch Marsh, Travis Head, Glenn Phillips
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Santner, Rachin Ravindra
Bowlers: Lockie Ferguson, Josh Hazlewood

Captain: Devon Conway
Vice-Captain: Travis Head

Australia: 6 Players; New Zealand: 5 Players