Auckland and Central Districts look to pip each other!
Auckland will win this match!
Super Smash 2020 season has come to the crucial stage with the last 2-3 league matches for every team. Every win not only takes our team forward but also puts the opposition team on the back foot. Every team is separated by just 2 points respectively while each win will fetch them 4 vital points. Auckland has won 2 out of their last three games and looking to build momentum towards the end of the league stages.
Central Districts ended their four-match losing streak after defeating the Canterbury by 7 wickets. Both teams will look to win this match and add the four points to their tally.
Auckland chased down a massive total of 195 runs last match with the help of the fifties from Colin Munro and Martin Guptill. Colin Munro was the aggressor in the 91-run opening partnership and then Matin Guptill batted throughout the innings to complete the chase. Glenn Philips, Corey Anderson, and Mark Chapman will round up a brilliant batting line-up for Auckland.
Their bowling unit has to leak too many runs as they have given 190+ runs twice in three matches. Ronnie Hira and Mitchell McClenaghan are the main wicket takers with 6 & 5 wickets respectively this season. The likes of Ben Lister, Sean Solia, and Louis Delport must contribute more to the ball.
Martin Guptill – Guptill has scores of 83, 42, & 43 in the last three innings. He looks in good form with the bat and he is devastating batsmen who can take the match away in a few over’s. Guptill has 226 runs at a strike rate of 160 so far.
Ronnie Hira – Ronnie Hira has taken 6 wickets so far at an economy of 8.6 RPO so far. He will have to perform well in the middle overs to control the run flow and he will miss William Somerville’s services owing to his national commitment.
Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ronnie Hira, Colin Munro, Corey Anderson, Mark Chapman, Craig Cachopa (c), Glenn Phillips (wk), Sean Solia, Louis Delport, Ben Lister
Benjamin Lister, Ronnie Hira, Colin Munro, Mark Chapman, Robert O'Donnell, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ross Ter Braak, Martin Guptill, Corey Anderson, Craig Cachopa, Ben Horne
Central Districts were left to chase down totals in excess of 180 in the last three consecutive matches where they managed to win only once. Kieron Noema Barnett, Skipper Tom Bruce, and George Worker have made 50+ scores and took their team valiantly in the chases. Josh Clarkson and William Ludick`s 42 run partnership in the last three overs sealed the match in their team`s favor against Canterbury.
Ben Wheeler and Ajaz Patel took 2 wickets respectively in the previous match. Kieran Noema and Ryan Watson chipped in with a wicket each at a good economy rate. Blair Tickner was taken for 59 runs in his 4 overs and had a forgetful night.
Kieron Noema Barnett – Barnett scored 55 runs and had bowling figures of 4-0-26-1 to come up with an all-round performance to help their win. He has 179 runs at a strike rate of 153 & 10 wickets at an economy rate of 6.8 RPO so far this season.
Ajaz Patel – Ajaz Patel has taken 12 wickets at an economy of 7 RPO this season. He bowled a vital spell of 4-0-27-2 to end their losing streak the last match.
George Worker, Dane Cleaver (wk), Christian Leopard, Tom Bruce (c), Kieran Noema-Barnett, Josh Clarkson, Willem Ludick, Ryan Watson, Blair Tickner, Ajaz Patel, Ben Wheeler
Dane Cleaver, Willem Ludick, Josh Clarkson, Ben Wheeler, Ajaz Patel, George Worker, Christian Leopard, Blair Tickner, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Tom Bruce, Ryan Watson
Auckland will have a cloudy and breezy climate on the matchday with very fewer rain possibilities. We will have a full quota of overs without any interruption in this match.
Auckland is one of the batting paradises and it`s smaller boundaries will further help the batsmen to score sixes with ease. Four out last 6 innings more than 190 runs were scored here this season.
No target is safe here and Auckland chased down 195 runs here the last match. Both captains will look to take the safer option of batting second.
Auckland is arguably the best batting line-up in the Super smash with a lot of T20 batting stars such as Guptill, Munro, Corey Anderson, Worker, and Philips.
Central Districts will slightly pip the Auckland in the bowling department owing to their recent performances but they cannot match the batting firepower of Auckland team. We predict Auckland to win this match.
Auckland will win this match!