06 Jun 2020, 01:28 pm By Neha Sinha
AUS vs NZ Match Preview ICC World Cup 2019: The Kiwis will be looking for semi-finals in this marquee clash

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - In the 37th match of the ICC World Cup 2019, New Zealand to face its arch-rival Australia at the home of cricket Lord's in London today. In the second game today, the iconic Lord's, which was the venue of the heated England vs Australia game earlier in the week, will play host to another high profile clash at Lord's.
 Both teams sit well on top four positions with 12 and 11 points to their name, although New Zealand aren't completely assured of a semi-final spot, unlike their opponents today.

The defending champions Australia cricket team is at the top of the Points Table with six wins in seven games and are already through to the semis. They are playing a good cricket in the tournament in all three departments so far as the Aussies team lost only one game against India earlier.

On the other hand, the Kiwis New Zealand cricket team is also one of the strongest sides in the world cup. The Black Caps started their World Cup run on a sublime note as they remained unbeaten for the first 6 games. The winning streak ended only when they faced Pakistan on Wednesday. Currently, New Zealand is at number three spot in the Points Table and one win from here will secure a spot for them in the semi-finals.

Points Table standing:
Defending champions Australia cricket team currently at the top of the table and the Aussies are the first to qualify for the semis. They stand at the top with 12 points from their seven matches as they lost only one game against Virat-led Indian cricket team earlier in the tournament.
On the other hand, New Zealand cricket team will be standing at 3rd place in the points table with 11 points from seven matches.
Pitch report: The pitch at Lord's is closely associated with weather conditions. So, as there is prediction of sunlight in the first half of the match, the team winning the toss should opt to bat first.

Weather forecast: The weather forecast for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match between New Zealand and Australia is predicted to be partly cloudy. The maximum temperature is estimated to be 31 degree Celsius whereas 20 degree Celsius 
Head to head in World Cup:
Matches: 10
New Zealand won: 3
Australia won: 7
Tied: 0
No Result: 0

Team news:
The Kiwis New Zealand cricket team openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have hardly got going, and it could open the door for Henry Nicholls to their slot himself in. Due to this perspective, the Kiwis made two changes i.e. Ish Sodhi comes in for Matt Henry and Henry Nicholls comes in at the top of the order for Colin Munro.
Australia cricket team had an interesting tournament so far in terms of their bowling options. While Nathan Coulter-Nile has won them a match with the bat, Jason Behrendorff did so with the ball three days ago against England. The left-handers in the New Zealand middle-order and the potential of turn off the second-hand wicket will mean the veteran off-spinner Nathan Lyon keeps his place ahead of Adam Zampa. No changes in their playing XI for this high-profile encounter.
Players to watch out for Australia: David Warner and Mitchell Starc

Players to watch out for New Zealand: Kane Williamson and Trent Boult.
Australia Playing XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glen Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff
New Zealand Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey(wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham(wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell

Match Details:
New Zealand vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Match 37
29th June 2019, 6:00 PM IST
Lord's, London

Live streaming:
The World Cup 2019 New Zealand vs Australia match live streaming will be available live on Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 with English Commentary and Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD with Hindi Commentary. The live streaming of the World Cup 2019 New Zealand vs Australia match will be available on Hotstar.
Match Prediction: As the 5-time World Cup champions Australia take on a team that has never won the World Cup, the match could turn out to be a thriller and it predicts that the Aussies win this match against the Kiwis.