Our prediction is Auckland Aces to win the Match!
Hosts Auckland Aces will be keen to continue their winning streak when they take on Canterbury Kings in the 9th game of Super Smash competition in Auckland on Tuesday.
Four-time champions Auckland registered their first win of the competition against Central Districts in a game played on Saturday.
On the other hand, Canterbury Kings lost their only game played against Otago Volts by five wickets. The side will be desperate to win this game in order to get their campaign back on track. Kings are currently lying at the bottom of the league table.
In their previous game, Auckland Aces produced a dominant display with bat and ball to beat Central Districts by five wickets.
In the batting department, the home side will be relying on the likes of Martin Guptill, Colin Munro and Glenn Phillips to do the bulk of the scoring. Guptill smashed unbeaten 71 runs off 51 balls against Central Districts in a game played at New Plymouth. He certainly looked in great touch with the bat in his first outing for Auckland Aces.
Left-handed batsman Colin Munro is also an aggressive player at the top of the innings that can decimate any attack on a given day. Wicket-keeper batsman Glenn Phillips will be looking to score runs in this game. Mark Chapman and Robert O’Donnell are good players in the middle order for the Aces.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Ben Lister, Matthew Quinn and Lockie Ferguson to provide breakthroughs with the new-ball. The spin duo of Ronnie Hira and Will Somerville were impressive and shared five wickets between them in the game played against Central Districts.
Craig Cachopa (captain), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Mark Chapman, Robert O’ Donnell, Glenn Phillips, Lockie Ferguson, Will Somerville, Ronnie Hira, Matthew Quinn, Ben Lister.
Kings Captain Cole McConchie will be hoping that his side can improve their game with bat and ball against Auckland Aces. The side certainly produced a decent batting performance against Otago Volts in their first game of the competition.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Chad Bowes, Stephen Murdoch and Cam Fletcher to produce runs with the bat. Last season, Fletcher was leading run-scorer for Canterbury Kings with 275 runs at an average of 68.75.
Opener Chad Bowes played well against Otago Volts and scored 42 runs off 31 balls with the help of five boundaries. He will be certainly be a player to watch out for Kings in this game.
Stephen Murdoch also produced a brisk innings against Otago and scored 54 off 33 balls. He will be looking to continue his rich vein of form against Auckland Aces.
Cam Fletcher and Kyle Jamieson also produced quick-fire cameos to help Canterbury post a competitive score against Otago.
In the bowling department, Kings will be relying on the likes of Captain Cole McConchie and Andrew Ellis to provide crucial breakthroughs against Auckland. Pace duo of Ed Nuttall and Kylie Jamieson were expensive in the game played against Otago. They will certainly need to improve if Kings want to push Auckland in this contest.
Captain Cole McConchie, Cam Fletcher, Chad Bowes, Stephen Murdoch, Andrew Ellis, Leo Carter, Ed Nuttall, Kylie Jamieson, Tyler Lortan, Henry Shipley, Jeremy Benton.
The pitch prepared for the game will be good for batting. The weather forecast for Tuesday is cloudy skies. The overcast conditions might help the quick bowlers.
The Eden Park Outer Park has hosted a lot of Super Smash games in the past. The average score at the venue is around 140 runs.
The team that wins the toss would like to bat first. Auckland will have an advantage as they are playing on their home turf.