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Toss Winner - Auckland Aces won the toss and chose to bat first
Auckland Aces beat Central Stags by 2 runs
Auckland Aces aim to script their 1st win of the season!
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Tournament: Super Smash 2019-20 | Format: T20 | Venue: Pukekura Park, New Plymouth, New Zealand | Toss: To BatBet Now
Third-placed Central Stags lock horns with bottom-placed Auckland Aces in what could be a cracker of a duel for both the competing units.
Auckland Aces, led by Craig Cachopa would be hoping to pull off a victory in the forthcoming feud which could put their campaign on a roll. On the other hand, the Tom Bruce-captained side has lost two consecutive matches and would look to avoid a third by any expense in the upcoming feud.
Martin Guptill (6,863 runs in 232 innings) and Colin Munro (5,693 runs in 225 innings) are among the finest T20 players in the cricketing fraternity and would carry the onus of scoring the bulk of runs in the much-coveted game at Aces. Craig Cachopa (27-ball 41) and Sean Solia (29-ball 45) were the few positives from the Aces in the recent outing versus Wellington and thus, the duo would look to essay similar exhibitions in the coming duel, in case the situation arises.
Ross ter Braak (2/23) had a decent outing in the previous inning and with the fellow pacer, Sean Solia and spinner Ronni Hira would look to topple the top and middle-order of the rivals at petty totals.
Craig Cachopa (c), Sean Solia, Ross ter Braak, Glenn Phillips (wk), William Somerville, Mark Chapman, Corey Anderson, Colin Munro, Ronnie Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan, Martin Guptill
Sean Solia, Benjamin Lister, Ronnie Hira, Colin Munro, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell McClenaghan, Martin Guptill, Corey Anderson, Craig Cachopa, Ross Ter Braak
Batting wise, the Stags would be reliant on skipper Tom Bruce (151 runs in 5 innings) and George Worker (131 runs in 5 innings) are among the leading run-getters for the Stags in the concurrent season and would be entrusted the task of scoring the bulk of runs at Pukekura Park. Dane Cleaver (120 runs in 5 innings) and Kieran Barnett (124 runs in 5 innings) have had a decent run so far and could be a force to reckon with if well set in the middle.
Bowling wise, Ajaz Patel (10 wickets in 4 innings) has been the leading wicket-taker for the Stags in Super Smash 2019-20 and with Kieran Barnett (8 wickets in 5 innings) and Blair Tickner (5 wickets in 4 innings) would look to rip apart the opposition.
Tom Bruce (c), Blair Tickner, Ajaz Patel, Seth Rance, Ben Wheeler, Willem Ludick, Josh Clarkson, Kieran Barnett, Christian Leopard, George Worker, Dane Cleaver (wk)
Dane Cleaver, Willem Ludick, Josh Clarkson, Ajaz Patel, George Worker, Christian Leopard, Blair Tickner, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Seth Rance, Tom Bruce, Ryan Watson
It is going to be clear weather with the temperature hovering between 16-18 degrees Celsius. Excellent cricketing conditions prevail for both the teams with probability for a high-scoring contest in the coming duel.
The pitch at Pukekura Park has been a batters paradise, in fact, the recently concluded game between Central Stags and Wellington had a scoreline of 196 as the first innings total.
The toss winning captain is likely to bat first on this occasion. With the wicket at Pukekura Park assisting the batters and bright and sunny conditions throughout, one could expect scores as high as 180 being put in the 1st innings.
Although both the teams haven't had a decent run so far, one could bank on Auckland Aces to put up a winning show in the forthcoming feud. Auckland possesses a comparatively greater balance in their batting and bowling department which could garner their side a victory over Central Stags at Pukekura Park.
We are backing Auckland Aces to win!
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