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Toss Winner - Auckland Aces won the toss and chose to bowl first
Auckland look to script their first win of the season!
We are expecting Auckland to win!
Tournament: Super Smash 2019-20 | Format: T20 | Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand | Toss: To BowlBet Now
The 5th match of Super Smash 2019-20 would feature Auckland squaring of with Canterbury in what could be dubbed as a nerve-wracking encounter for both the units.
Auckland, led by Craig Cachopa, would be coming into the contest on the back of a 13-run defeat versus Otago Volts wherein opener Martin Guptill (46) and wicket-keeper Glenn Phillips (106*) rendered top-notch exhibitions but were unfortunate to have missed out on scripting a triumph.
Meanwhile, Canterbury also encountered a defeat in their opening bout and would look to turn the tide in their favor in the upcoming feud. The middle-order collapse hurt them badly and as a result, they could put merely 129 runs in their quota of 20 overs.
Glenn Phillips scored an unbeaten 61-ball 106 in the recent outing and would carry the onus of getting the bulk of runs on board. Martin Guptill whacked an 18-ball 46 comprising 4-fours and 3-sixes and would be hoping to emulate a similar exhibition at Hagley Oval alongside Colin Munro who holds 5,667 runs and 4 T20 hundreds to his name.
Corey Anderson and skipper Craig Cachopa can get those big-hits as per the need of the moment and could prove worthwhile for Auckland in the coming contest.
Bowling wise, they would be reliant on left-arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan for getting the early breakthroughs with spinners William Somerville and Ronnie Hira grabbing a wicket or two in the middle overs.
Martin Guptill, Sean Solia, Glenn Phillips (wk), William Somerville, Craig Cachopa (c), Mark Chapman, Kyle Jamieson, Corey Anderson, Colin Munro, Ronnie Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan
Sean Solia, Ronnie Hira, Colin Munro, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell McClenaghan, Martin Guptill, Corey Anderson, Craig Cachopa, William Somerville, Kyle Jamieson
At the top-order, Jack Boyle (35 off 12 balls) was the only positive for Canterbury while his fellow opener Chad Bowes and Stephen Murdoch were dismissed for petty totals.
In the middle-order, skipper Cole McConchie and Cam Fletcher looked in decent touch with the bat and would look to pile up the runs in the game at Hagley Oval.
In the bowling department, skipper McConchie led upfront with figures of 3/18 with Andrew Ellis (0/17) and Ed Nuttall (1/19) grabbing economical figures. Spinners Blake Coburn (0/29) and Henry Shipley (0/27) were pretty decent in the previous contest and if the conditions assist, the duo could scalp few wickets at Hagley Oval.
Cole McConchie (c), Ed Nuttall, Will Williams, Leo Carter, Blake Coburn, Jack Boyle, Henry Shipley, Cam Fletcher (wk), Andrew Ellis, Cole McConchie (c), Stephen Murdoch, Chad Bowes
Will Williams, Stephen Murdoch, Blake Peter Coburn, Cole McConchie, Ed Nuttall, Chad Bowes, Leo Carter, Henry Burton Shipley, Andrew Ellis, Jack Boyle, Cameron Fletcher
There will be a heavy downpour throughout and as per the reports, the match is likely to be abandoned due to the rain. Even if the play resumes, one could expect the game to wind up earlier than expected.
Although it is a high scoring venue with the average first innings score being 160, it is unlikely for the match to commence considering it is going to rain throughout the match time.
The toss winning team should consider to bowl first in case the showers mellow down and allow the captains to come onto the field.
Although Auckland had lost out the previous outing, they would still be the favorites on account of their superior batting lineup compared to Canterbury. The likes of Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips, and Colin Munro are among the finest T20 players in the World at the moment and their experience would offer great help to their side in the coming duel.
We are expecting Auckland to win!
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