New Zealand will take on Australia in the first T20I of the three match series on Wednesday. The encounter will take place at the Sky Stadium in Wellington.

The Black Caps, under the leadership of Mitchell Santner, are keen to demonstrate their strength on home turf as they confront the Aussies. Santner, recognized for his spin bowling skills and valuable contributions with the bat, is determined to guide his team to success against the formidable Australian side.

Meanwhile, Australia will be captained by all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. With his dynamic batting prowess and effective medium-pace bowling, Marsh aims to leave a mark as he leads his team in the shortest format of the game.

T20I Stats and Records at Hagley Oval:

  • Total matches: 21
  • Matches won batting first: 10
  • Matches won bowling first: 11
  • Average first innings scores: 150
  • Average second innings scores: 125
  • Highest total recorded: 219/6 (20 Overs) by New Zealand vs India
  • Lowest total recorded: 73/10 (15.3 Overs) by Australia Women vs New Zealand Women
  • Highest score chased: 169/6 (19 Overs) by New Zealand vs West Indies
  • Lowest score defended: 128/9 (20 Overs) by England Women vs New Zealand Women

Sky Stadium Pitch Report:

The playing surface at Sky Stadium tends to favour both batters and spin bowlers.

Historically, there has been little disparity in success between teams batting first and second at this venue. As a result, the outcome of the toss is unlikely to significantly influence the outcome of the contest.

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Wellington Weather Forecast:

The weather outlook for the series opener in Wellington guarantees optimal playing conditions. No rain is predicted, ensuring a dry and uninterrupted match. With the humidity level expected to be a comfortable 53%, both players and spectators can expect a pleasant atmosphere. Additionally, a gentle breeze of 24 kilometers per hour is forecasted, offering a refreshing airflow across the ground. These favourable weather conditions set the stage for an exciting and uninterrupted cricket match.

NZ vs AUS 1st T20I, Probable Playing XIs:

New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner (c), Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne

Australia: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh (c), Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis, Matthew Wade (wk), Tim David, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa

Also READ: NZ vs AUS 2024, 1st T20I – Match Prediction, Dream11 Team, Fantasy Tips & Pitch Report | New Zealand vs Australia 2024

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