England claimed a dramatic two-run victory over New Zealand in Hamilton but it came in vain as the Black Caps qualified for T20 Tri-Series final against Australia on net run-rate.

England claimed a dramatic two-run victory over New Zealand in Hamilton but it came in vain as the Black Caps qualified for T20 Tri-Series final against Australia on net run-rate.

Eoin Morgan made an unbeaten 80 on his return from injury and Dawid Malan hit his fourth fifty in five T20I innings as England posted 194-7, but New Zealand needed just 175 to progress and reached that target in the penultimate over.

Colin Munro led the charge with a 21-ball 57 and by the time he fell to Adil Rashid, New Zealand were well ahead of the rate, Martin Guptill added 62 and although Tom Curran defended 12 from the final over, England ended the match disappointed.

England had a chance at making the final after Australia beat New Zealand in a record breaking match at Auckland last week, chasing down 240 to win.

The Tri Series final is at the same venue, Eden Park Auckland which is a dual purpose ground with rugby. The straight boundaries are very short and the pitch is a drop in, perfect for batting so the combination of pitch and ground dimensions almost ensures high scoring.

Both sides have huge hitters. Guptill and Munro for New Zealand open for New Zealand and the likes of Warner, Short, Maxwell and Finch are all potential match winners for Australia. It could be that almost any target is impossible to defend in the conditions so winning the toss is very important.

What Australia do have unbeaten in the Tri Series so far and a side packed full of th e best performers from this year’s Big Bash (with the bulk of the test squad currently preparing for a test series in South Africa)is more depth of hitting which gives them more opportunities even if the stars at the top of the order fail.

Thus at 10/11 with Bet365 Australia should be favoured here