The Aussies bounced back in the 3rd T20 to keep their hopes alive in the series. We will stay in Wellington for the 4th match to be played on Friday night and as usual, The Wolf has you covered with his best bets for the night below.
Safe to say I read Game 3 wrong! History in Wellington T20 international matches suggested that it might be a low scoring game, but Australia proved that to be wrong, batting first and making a monster score of 208 lead by Glenn Maxwell who smashed 70 off just 31 balls.
The catalyst of the win, however, was spinner Ashton Agar, who captured the best bowling figures in T20 international history by an Australian, taking 6/30 off his four overs in the win. I have no doubt that the Kiwis will put up a more inspired performance in this game, and the fact that they have drifted to underdogs is really enticing.
They still have an absolutely dominant record in T20 matches in Wellington, having won 8 of 13 and there were still some impressive signs in Game 3 with Martin Guptill smashing 43 off 28 balls to continue his dazzling form. Back the Kiwis to bounce back here.
The Aussies cruised past the 170 mark in Wellington and despite losing early wickets in their chase, the Kiwis still managed to get to 144 off their 20 overs.
The average score at Wellington over the past four T20 international games has been 171.37, which is a stark contrast to the average over the first 9 games here. Back both teams to pass the 170 run mark here.
Martin Guptill was on the verge of being dropped from the New Zealand white ball system last season but has found a rich vein of form in this series. He leads the runscorers list through three games with 140 runs at an average of 46.66 and he has a fantastic record in Wellington.
In 11 innings in Wellington, Guptil has smashed 375 runs at an average of 37.5 including three fifties at a strike rate of 128.87. He seems to have a handle on the Australian new ball bowlers and I think $3.50 is good odds for him to make 50 on Friday night.