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Toss Winner - Auckland Aces won the toss and chose to bat first
Wellington Firebirds beat Auckland Aces by 8 wickets
Auckland Aces have already beaten Wellington Firebirds once this season.
Expect the Auckland Aces to emerge victorious.
Tournament: Super Smash 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Auckland Aces have a lot to play for as they take on Wellington Firebirds in their next encounter. After 8 games, they are still 4th on the points table with 4 wins and 4 losses, and a net run rate of -0.325. Wellington too has 4 losses and 4 wins in 8 matches but a better net run rate of -0.091. They are 3rd on the table and would be looking to keep it that way. However, Auckland has already defeated Wellington once this season and the home advantage too should be in their favor.
Auckland Aces are coming off a loss against Canterbury in their last match. Chasing a modest target of 155 on a slow surface, Auckland could only muster 136-7. Apart from captain Robert O’Donnell, who top-scored with a 56 off 37 balls, none of the other batters could make an impression. Auckland’s batting is a concern as none of their batters have got going yet. Apart from O'Donnell, only Mark Chapman (172 runs at a strike rate of 118) and George Worker (155 runs at 111) are the only ones who have been able to make some contributions. With Marin Guptill out with injury, this batting unit suddenly looks vulnerable.
Auckland’s bowling is in better shape and largely revolves around Lockie Ferguson (14 wickets at an economy of 6.93), Ben Lister (11 wickets at 6.42), and Adithya Ashok (11 wickets at 6.46). Ashok and Ferguson picked up 5 wickets between them in the last match and have to continue their good work.
George Worker, Sean Solia, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Robert ODonnell (c), Ben Horne (wk), William Somerville, Lockie Ferguson, Ross ter Braak, Adithya Ashok, Ben Lister
Sean Solia, Mark Chapman, Wiliam O' Donnell, Robert O'Donnell, Glenn Phillips, William Somerville, Benjamin Lister, Adithya Ashok, George Worker, Lockie Ferguson, Ben Horne
Wellington Firebirds are coming off a poor performance against Northern Knights. After opting to bat first, they were bowled out for 104 and the Knights chased the target down in 19 overs with 6 wickets to spare. For Wellington, the highest score was 20 by Jimmy Neesham, which shows how poorly they batted.
This batting performance can be an aberration as the team still has some solid batters. Michael Bracewell (280 runs at a strike rate of 151) has already shown what he can do when he smashed that stunning 141* against Central Stags a couple of matches back. Openers Finn Allen (188 runs at 195) and Tim Robinson (143 runs at 117) are also due for big knocks. If Neesham gets some consistent cameos down the order, it will really help make a difference.
On the bowling front, Wellington has mainly depended on Hamish Bennett (6 wickets at an economy of 8.75) and Logan van Beek (7 wickets at 8.03). Left-arm spinner Rachin Ravindra, who had figures of 2-16 from 4 overs in the previous game, is a good addition to the team. He can form a good partnership with leg-spinner Peter Younghusband (6 wickets at 6.36).
Finn Allen (wk), Tim Robinson, Michael Bracewell (c), Troy Johnson, Rachin Ravindra, James Neesham, Nathan Smith, Logan van Beek, Peter Younghusband, Ben Sears, Hamish Bennett
Rachin Ravindra, Hamish Bennett, James Neesham, Logan van Beek, Nathan Smith, Devon Conway, Finn Allen, Peter Younghusband, Michael Bracewell, Ben Sears, Tom Blundell
The surface at Eden Park is usually a good one for batting but also offers enough help to the bowlers. With two games having already been played on the venue, the wicket would have slowed down a little, and spinners are expected to get some purchase.
The weather in Auckland on the day of the game is expected to be cloudy with chances of a passing shower.
The highest score at Eden Park is 174/7 by Auckland. The average score by the team batting first on the venue is 155. The team batting first in this match will be looking to set a target in the range of 170-180 runs.
Teams chasing have won 4 of the 5 games played on this venue. Thus, the captain winning the toss is likely to bat second.
In the last 5 encounters between Auckland Aces and Wellington Firebirds, Wellington has won 3 games while Auckland has won 2. However, Auckland has already beaten them this season once and will be feeling confident of doing it again playing on their home ground. Both the teams have had their ups and downs and this may be an evenly-contested encounter. But Auckland might just prevail.
Expect the Auckland Aces to emerge victorious.
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