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Toss Winner - Otago Volts won the toss and chose to bat first
Auckland Aces beat Otago Volts by 1 wickets
Auckland Aces have already beaten Otago Volts once this season.
Back the Auckland Aces to win his match.
Tournament: Super Smash 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand | Toss: To BowlBet Now
It will be the battle between the two bottom-ranked teams of the Super Smash this Saturday at Eden Park as Auckland Aces take on Otago Volts. Auckland is currently 5th on the table with 3 wins and 3 losses in 6 games at a net run rate of -0.336. Otago, meanwhile, has had an absolutely horrible season so far – just 1 win in 8 games along with 6 losses and a net run rate of -1.327. Auckland has already beaten Otago once this season comfortably and will be fancying their chances against them playing at home.
Auckland has had an inconsistent season where they’ve had some solid wins but have followed that with sloppy performances in the very next game. Their last match was against Canterbury where they put on 167-8 on the board and then lost the encounter 5 wickets. In an underperforming batting unit, Martin Guptill was a strong presence but an injury to him has made things worse. Now, the onus lies on George Worker (144 runs at a strike rate 113) and Glenn Phillips who is fresh off a 53 in the previous game.
Auckland’s bowling is heavily dependent on Lockie Ferguson who has 10 scalps so far at an economy of 6.87. Ben Lister (7 wickets at 6.66) and Adithya Ashok (6 wickets at 6.54) are the other two bowlers who have made an impact. This bowling unit may not threaten but they do manage to keep things tight on most occasions.
George Worker, Glenn Phillips, Sean Solia, Graeme Beghin, Robert ODonnell (c), Ben Horne (wk), Cole Briggs, William Somerville, Lockie Ferguson, Adithya Ashok, Ben Lister
Sean Solia, Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Graeme Beghin, Ben Horne, Robert O'Donnell, Glenn Phillips, William Somerville, Benjamin Lister, Adithya Ashok, George Worker
Barring that stunning win against the Northern Knights earlier, Otago Volts have nothing to show this season. They have lost 5 matches on the trot since and need to find something special to turn things around. In their last match, they batted first against Wellington and posted 157-5 on the board but went on to lose the match by 8 wickets.
Otago’s best batters this season have been captain Hamish Rutherford (198 runs at a strike rate of 133) along with Nick Kelly (151 runs at 124) and Neil Broom (132 runs at 34). The batting really hasn’t clicked together and that has reflected in their performances.
On the bowling front, Otago has primarily relied on Matthew Bacon (6 wickets at an economy of 9.17) and Anaru Kitchen (7 wickets at 6.75). The Volts are missing key all-rounder Michael Rippon who is out with a muscle strain and is still a few days away from return. Young off-spinner Beckham Wheeler-Greenall has done a decent job in the 2 games he has played.
Hamish Rutherford (c), JJ Tasman-Jones, Neil Broom, Nick Kelly, Llew Johnson, Anaru Kitchen, Beckham Wheeler-Greenall, Max Chu (wk), Angus McKenzie, Jacob Duffy, Matthew Bacon
Jacob Duffy, Angus McKenzie, Neil Broom, Jake Gibson, Anaru Kitchen, Llew Johnson, Michael Rippon, Dale Phillips, Hamish Rutherford, Max chu, Nick Kelly
Eden Park in Auckland is a good T20 surface. It offers something for both the batters and bowlers. Seamers, particularly, will enjoy bowling on this surface. But as the wicket slows down a bit, batters will find things easier.
The weather in Auckland on the day of the game is expected to be sunny and pleasant.
The average score batting first at Eden Park is 161. The team batting first here will be looking to set a target of around 175 runs.
Both the games played on this venue this season were won by the team chasing. The team winning the toss is hence likely to field first.
In the last 4 matches between Auckland Aces and Otago Volts, Auckland has won 3 while Otago has clinched 1. While both teams have had a poor season so far, Auckland is in better shape and has a much stronger batting and bowling unit. They are playing at home and have already beaten Otago once this season. The Volts are down on confidence and need a special performance or two to get going again.
Back the Auckland Aces to win his match.
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