New Zealand vs Papua New Guinea Prediction: Boult can make an impact for Kiwis

 | Sunday 16th June 2024, 13:59pm

Sunday 16th June 2024, 13:59pm

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For the first time since 2014 New Zealand will not feature among the semi-final line-up of a T20 World Cup after Afghanistan ensured the Black Caps would make an early exit from this year's edition.

The Kiwis' failure to get beyond the group stage could spell the end for a number of their stalwarts who have so often punched above their weight in international tournaments.

New Zealand wrap up their time in the West Indies and USA with what should be a very comfortable outing against minnows Papua New Guinea, who have been outclassed among the cricketing elite.

New Zealand vs Papua New Guinea Betting Tips

  • Trent Boult top New Zealand wicket-taker @ 11/4 
  • Papua New Guinea fall of first wicket - under 14.5 runs @ 5/6 

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New Zealand are likely to stick with the side who thrashed Uganda on Saturday, when they reached a modest target of 41 inside six overs.

Changes are also expected to be kept to a minimum in the Papua New Guinea camp.

Trent Boult top New Zealand wicket-taker @ 11/4 

Most pundits expected Papua New Guinea to enter their final group match at the T20 World Cup with little to play for, but the same cannot be said of New Zealand.

Semi-finalists at each of the last three editions of the ICC's marquee 20-over tournament, the Black Caps will head home regardless of the result at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy on Monday.

The Kiwis have failed to live up to pre-tournament expectations but that shouldn't matter too much against Papua New Guinea, who have played three and lost three.

And just as Uganda were at the weekend, PNG could find themselves blown away by New Zealand's seamers in Tarouba.

Monday's clash could potentially be Trent Boult's final T20 for New Zealand and the classy left-armer will want to end on a high.

Boult has returned figures of 2/22, 3/16 and 2/7 in the Kiwis' three group games and could again do most of the damage with the ball.

Trent Boult New Zealand top wicket-taker at 11/4 Papua New Guinea fall of first wicket - under 14.5 runs @ 5/6 

Papua New Guinea have managed opening stands of only five, zero and 12 at the T20 World Cup and the new-ball threat of New Zealand makes another low first-wicket partnership extremely likely in Tarouba.

The Black Caps struck with just one run on the board in their matches against the West Indies and Uganda and it could be a similar story on Monday.

Backing PNG to fail to reach 15 runs before they lose their first wicket seems a prudent play.

Papua New Guinea first wicket to fall - under 14.5 runs at 5/6 New Zealand vs Papua New Guinea Odds

New Zealand are 1/40 to end a disappointing T20 World Cup campaign on a high with victory over Papua New Guinea, who are 16/1 to cause what would be one of the biggest shocks in the history of the tournament.

Opener Devon Conway is the 21/10 favourite to top New Zealand's run scoring ahead of 5/2 Finn Allen and Kane Williamson at 4/1.

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