Australia enter World T20 after T20 series win against South Africa by 2-1 © Getty Images (File Photo)
Australia enter World T20 after T20 series win against South Africa by 2-1 © Getty Images (File Photo)

India’s shocking loss to New Zealand by 47 runs in the first Super-10 clash of the T20 World Cup 2016 has left Group 2 wide open. When the Kiwi spinners were making the Indian batsmen spin to the turn offered on the Nagpur pitch, the other teams in the groups would certainly have been watching with eyes wide open at the proceedings. With an upset, in the very first match, no game in Group 2 is an easy one, especially for Australia. India were expected to top their group while winning all their Super-10 games and thus other teams would have had to compete for the second position and win 3 out of the 4 matches to qualify. This may not happen now. It might all come down to Net Run-rate at the end of the Super-10 stage. So, a big win or big loss might be the deciding factor after all in the tournament in Group 2. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Australia, ICC World T20 2016, Match 17, Group 2 at Dharamsala

New Zealand will be playing Australia next at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala. If the pitch at Dharamsala is another slow-turner, the Kiwis might play with the same spin trio – Nathan McCullum’s off-spin, Sodhi’s googly and leg-spin might yet again feature in Dharamsala, along with Santner’s slow-left arm bowling, as reported on cricket.co.au. Australia therefore will have to choose between Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja to partner opener Shane Watson, who is almost a certainty in the side. Watson has been in excellent form with the bat scoring 60 off 39 but in a losing cause in the warm-up game against West Indies. A left-right combination therefore, might be Australia’s way to counter New Zealand’s spin and Khawaja could start in the Playing XI. Also Read: ICC World T20 2016: Australia’s bumpy ride in shortest format

The middle-order looks settled with David Warner in top-form, captain Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell forming the crux. Peter Neville, the wicket-keeper will have to be at his best,especially behind the stumps while he collects the ball as conditions could play a big role in his keeping. If pitch conditions are similar to Nagpur, even Australia might go in with a spin attack in the form of Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa.This means Mitchell Marsh, the all-rounder might have to sit out. Maxwell might also come in handy then for Smith against the Black Caps. On a low-scoring pitch, where scoring runs is not easy, a target of 150 runs will be highly competitive. However, teams in the group might find it difficult to analyze what score is sufficient on such wickets, while they bat first.