The big final of ICC Champions Trophy is finally arrived at the scene and will be played against two teams which has performed so far so well in this tournament. But only one will have the opportunity to lift the beautiful trophy.
Australia so far have not tested the defeat and would love to lift the cup on unbeaten notes. On the other hand underdogs New Zealand after loosing to South Africa in their first game come long way and now play against defending champion Australia.
New Zealand team is very high on confidence after beating the in form Pakistanis in the second semi final at Johannesburg with their collective team effort. Captain Daniel Vettori would expect his boys to put a same kind of performance once again at Centurion in the final to win their second Champions Trophy title.
On the other hand Australians are very confidence with Shane Watson returning to form and Captain Ponting and M.Hussey are also looking in prime touch with the bat. Stats also favoring Australia at this moment, New Zealand are yet to beat Australia in a tournament final, and have lost six times against them.
New Zealand team may hit out by injury to some of their key players, but they bounced back nicely in the tournament with their fielding and with tight bowling. If they can restrict AustraliaSuper Sports Park, Centurion then we may witness another surprise result at Centurion. to somewhere around 250-260 on a run-feast
Watch out for
Shane Watson: This is the man New Zealand team would love to get out as early as possible. England who tested his power hitting in the 1st semi final knows how dangerous this man could be when he is on song. He can hit the ball long way. But this is a pressure game and it will be interesting to see how Watson copes with the pressure.
Daniel Vettori: In the last five year or so, whenever New Zealand team found themselves into trouble they have looked at this man to deliver for them and get them out of the hole. A man who is capable of delivering with bat and ball as desired. Against Sri Lanka he rescued a floundering middle order, and against Pakistan he promoted himself to No. 6 and guided a nervous side through to the final.
Pitch & Condition
Pitch at Centurion has been prepared by considering batsman in minds and that is why it turned out to be very good batting wickets in Semi final. That means team batting first would eye somewhere around 300 run mark. Chances of rain are 30% however a full game is expected to take place for big Champions Trophy final at centurion.
Both teams are likely to go into the match with same Playing XI that played in the semi finals of ICC Champions Trophy.
Likely Playing XI for both Teams (Match is Schedule to begin at 18:00 PM India Time)
Australia Squad: Shane Watson, Tim Paine (WK), Ricky Ponting (Captain), Michael Hussey, Callum Ferguson, Cameron White, James Hopes, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Nathan Hauritz, Peter Siddle.
New Zealand Squad: Brendon McCullum (WK), Aaron Redmond, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliot, Daniel Vettori (Captain), Neil Broom, James Franklin, Kyle Mills, Ian Butler, Shane Bond.
Stats & Trivia
Australia have beaten New Zealand six time before the 2009 CT Final.
New Zealand have played 13 tournament finals and manage to won only four finals.
The whole New Zealand teams have scored six centuries among them on the other hand Australian Ricky Ponting has scored four times more century than New Zealand collective players centuries.