No Swing for the fast men

The bowling department is New Zealand's strongest suit. However, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) wouldn't provide much swing for Kiwic pace duo Tim Southee and Trent Boult, the leading wicket-takers of the World Cup. The wicket would be much flatter and David Warner up top would be in ultra-attacking mode with Aaron Finch sneaking in for his time and Kiwi bowlers have to sweat in search of early wickets.

Long Boundaries

At the MCG, if you hit, it has to stay hit! The mishits won't carry the distance and the likes of Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson would be found out. However, the stats show that during the quarters and semis, New Zealand hit 25 sixes and 16 of them would have flown over the ropes even at the 'G'! Moreover, the longer boundaries would be a welcome aid for the wily craftsman Daniel Vettori.

Fearsome pace trio

For the first time, New Zealand would be up against an in-form pace trio. If Mitchell Starc has been exceptional, the other Mitch - Mitchell Johnson --has sprung back into action at the correct time. And then there is the annoying accuracy of Josh Hazlewood. New Zealand. But New Zealand can surely have the talent to negotiate with the pace and could also go heavy against change bowlers in the mid overs.


Capacity: 100,000

Playing area: About 20,000 square metres

Highest ODI total: 8-344 by ICC World XI in 2005 Tsunami appeal match

Highest successful ODI run-chase: 4-297 by Australia in 2011 ODI against England

On the road first time

Playing at home has been a major asset for New Zealand during their successful campaign. They won all eight fixtures they played in their own back yard. However, now they have to go on the road for the first time in the tournament. The MCG is vastly different from the grounds in New Zealand, and not just because of the sheer size of the venue. There will also be no partisan support in favour of the Black Caps.