World Cup T20 2021 | Australia are favorites with New Zealand missing Devon Conway, says Scott Styris before the final


Scott Styris believes Devon Conway would be a huge loss for New Zealand in the 2021 T20 World Cup final against Australia to be played in Dubai on Sunday. Conway, who scored a 38-ball 46 in New Zealand’s semi-final win over England on Wednesday, was ruled out with a hand injury.

After a defeat in the opening match of the 2021 T20 World Cup against Pakistan, New Zealand made it to the final with five straight wins. Their success was determined by a well-rounded bowling unit and timely contributions from hitters.

Against Australia in the final, New Zealand will miss Devon Conway, who was ruled out with a hand injury. The southpaw had scored a crucial 46 in the 167-point semi-final chase against England, after his side had been reduced to 13/2 in the third over. Earlier this year, Conway had scored an unbeaten 99 in his team’s 53-point win in their first five-game run against Australia, at the Hagley Oval.

Former New Zealand handyman Scott Styris believes Conway would be a huge miss for Kane Williamsonthe men in the final.

“Conway is a huge loss,” Styris told Sportstar. “Australia is the favorite and rightfully so without Conway there. He is an intelligent, high-quality cricketer. He doesn’t normally beat four but they like it in the middle order with all his skills against spin in particular. So how’s New Zealand doing now? Adam Zampa who was brilliant? Glenn Phillips needs an important game. Phillips is also a goalkeeper, so there are no wicketkeeper problems. “

A recurring trend in T20 cricket in recent times has been that of match-ups, with captains propelling bowlers according to hitters at the fold. Mitchell Santner just passed in the semifinals, with lefties Moeen Ali and Dawid Malan for most of the innings. As for Styris, the practice has “gone a little too far”.

“No I do not. I saw R. Ashwin’s tweet, “he said.

“And I agree. I played a lot of cricket with Dan Vettori and he was never going to be a bowler just in match-ups. I think it’s gone a little too far when you see captains just wanting to turn the ball away from the bat. “

Styris particularly appreciated Jimmy Neesham, who produced a timely 27-ball 27 to set his team’s five-wicket win in the semifinals.

“It was great,” Styris said. “Talent has never been questioned. New Zealand needs Neesham to finish the games. He still has a lot to gain in that department, but he’s taking all the right steps. It’s the toughest role in T20 cricket these days. Finish the games and keep your nerve. Jimmy has made great strides with this. “

Stiris identified Glenn Maxwell as Australia’s key player in the final, and believed the competition between the dasher and the New Zealand spin-twins could play a decisive role.

“Santner / Ish Sodhi vs Glenn Maxwell,” Styris said when asked about a potential game-changing match. “Maxwell can get involved. If you can get rid of Maxwell, you take away a lot of the Australian half on the scoring blitz. Getting the fields right is one key, the other is hoping Maxwell takes silly options, which he has done many times in the IPL. But his winning abilities have never been in doubt. “

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