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Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

New Zealand hitters could rise to occasion

Bowlers likely to face more punishment in Eden Park Twenty20 final

D'Arcy Short hit 76 in Australia's record run-chase against New Zealand
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Trans-Tasman T20 Tri-Series final
Sky Sports Cricket & Mix, 6am Wednesday
England's two-run win over New Zealand on Sunday wasn't enough to earn them a place in the Tri-Series final so the Kiwis face Australia in another potential cracker at Eden Park.

The sides met in Auckland during the round-robin stage with the Aussies chasing down a record target of 244 to win a match that featured 32 sixes.

The short boundaries at Eden Park are no secret and bet365 go just 2-5 that 16 or more sixes are hit in the match.

Australia are favourites, having beaten England and New Zealand twice each on their way to the final, but they will be wary of the hosts' batting power.

New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro cleared the ropes 15 times between them against the Aussies at Eden Park and Munro cracked seven sixes in a 21-ball 57 against England last time out.

The 6-5 about the Kiwis striking more maximums than Australia is worth a bet. Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Seifert and Mark Chapman are all capable of adding to the tally in the middle-order and Paddy Power's 5-6 about Chapman putting one into the crowd looks a generous offer.

The former Hong Kong batsman, playing his first series for New Zealand, hit four sixes in the two games against England.

New Zealand to hit more sixes
2pts 6-5 Betfred
M Chapman to hit a six
1pt 5-6 Paddy Power

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