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Auckland Aces vs Otago Volts, SS T20 2021, Today Match Prediction

Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand

133/9 in 19.4

6.76 Star

130/10 in 19.4

6.61
SCORECARD

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.

  • Auckland’s batting performances have been inconsistent.
  • Otago Volts are on a 5-match losing spree currently.
  • Lockie Ferguson is the bowler to watch out for in this match.

Back the Auckland Aces to win his match.

Tournament: Super Smash 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand | Toss: To Bowl

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Name
NK
CK
WF
CS
AA
OV
M
Won
Lost
Tied
NR
PTs
NRR
7
5
1
0
0
22
0
7
5
2
0
0
20
1.021
7
4
3
0
0
16
-0.022
9
3
6
0
0
12
0
6
3
3
0
0
12
-0.336
8
1
6
0
0
6
-0.064

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 Aces Preview

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.  

Auckland Aces Predicted Playing XI:

George Worker, Glenn Phillips, Sean Solia, Graeme Beghin, Robert ODonnell (c), Ben Horne (wk), Cole Briggs, William Somerville, Lockie Ferguson, Adithya Ashok, Ben Lister

Auckland Aces Key Players From Previous Game Of Super Smash 2021-22

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
G Phillips
53
27
3
5
196.3
G Worker
26
27
2
0
96.3
G Beghin
23
23
1
0
100
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
L Ferguson
3.5
0
39
2
10.17
B Lister
3.0
0
35
1
11.67
W Somerville
3.0
0
31
1
10.33

Auckland Aces Actual Playing XI:

Sean Solia, Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Graeme Beghin, Ben Horne, Robert O'Donnell, Glenn Phillips, William Somerville, Benjamin Lister, Adithya Ashok, George Worker

Otago Volts Preview

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.
 

Otago Volts Predicted Playing XI:

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

Otago Volts Key Players From Previous Game Of Super Smash 2021-22

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
T Jones
35
24
4
1
145.83
N Kelly
35
31
3
2
112.9
N Broom
25
32
2
0
78.12
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
A Kitchen
2.0
0
22
1
11
B Wheeler Greenall
3.0
0
26
1
8.67
M Bacon
2.0
0
24
0
12

Otago Volts Actual Playing XI:

Jacob Duffy, Angus McKenzie, Neil Broom, Jake Gibson, Anaru Kitchen, Llew Johnson, Michael Rippon, Dale Phillips, Hamish Rutherford, Max chu, Nick Kelly

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
23
0 mm.
5.13 k/h
From: E
13%
03h
24
0 mm.
6.32 k/h
From: ENE
0%
06h
24
0 mm.
5.03 k/h
From: NE
27%
09h
21
0.12 mm.
5.1 k/h
From: ENE
45%
12h
18
0 mm.
4.03 k/h
From: E
33%
15h
17
0 mm.
4.08 k/h
From: SE
38%
18h
15
0 mm.
3.71 k/h
From: SE
30%
21h
20
0 mm.
4.09 k/h
From: ESE
67%

Weather Conditions

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.
 

Venue Details

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.

Toss: To Bowl

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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