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Toss Winner - Central Stags won the toss and chose to bat first
Auckland Aces beat Central Stags by 4 wickets
Both the Central Stags and Auckland Aces are coming off solid wins.
Expect the Central Stags to win this game.
Tournament: Super Smash 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston North, New Zealand | Toss: To BatBet Now
Central Stags have had a solid season far and are at 2nd place in the table with 3 wins and 1 loss in 4 games at a net run rate of +0.370. They will be taking on Auckland Aces in their next game who are right at the bottom of the table with just 1 win and 2 losses in 3 games with a net run rate of -0.672. Auckland clinched their first win of the season in their last match where they thrashed Wellington Firebirds by 13 runs. They do have a good record against Central Stags in recent times and would be hoping to get on a winning momentum.
The Central Stags are coming off a thumping 53-run win against Otago Volts. After being asked to bat first, the Stags smashed 180-4 and then wrapped the opposition for just 127. Opener Greg Hay (76 off 55 balls) and Dane Cleaver (45 off 32 balls) were the main contributors to the Stags. Skipper Tom Bruce too looked to be getting in good touch with his unbeaten 26 off 15 balls. The hard-hitting Josh Clarkson, who has had two quiet games, would be itching to make an impact now.
The Stags’ bowling looks in good shape at the moment. Seth Rance, who is fresh off a spell of 5-19 in his last match, has shown his value in this bowling unit. Adam Milne and Doug Bracewell form a solid opening duo but left-arm spinner Jayden Lennox hasn’t yet got going and tends to leak runs. He might again be the weak link of the attack.
Bayley Wiggins, Greg Hay, Dane Cleaver (wk), Christian Leopard, Tom Bruce (c), Josh Clarkson, Adam Milne, Doug Bracewell, Blair Tickner, Seth Rance, Jayden Lennox
Dane Cleaver, Josh Clarkson, Greg Hay, Ajaz Patel, Ben Smith, Bayley Wiggins, Christian Leopard, Blair Tickner, Joey Field, Tom Bruce, Seth Rance
After losing their first two games against the Northern Knights, Auckland Aces finally opened their account in their last match by defeating Wellington Firebirds by 13 runs. After batting first on a slow wicket, Auckland only managed 134-9 on the board. However, their bowlers produced a stellar show and stopped Wellington at just 121-8. It was a complete bowling show and Ben Lister (3-27 from 4 overs) and Adithya Ashok (3-8 from 4 overs) were the wreckers-in-chief. Lockie Ferguson has been very good too and the fast bowler’s performance will be crucial here.
Auckland’s batting is a problem. In the last game, only Mark Chapman could make an impact with a knock of 55. The others have been pretty inconsistent so far and Martin Guptill needs to make a big score soon. Cole Briggs, skipper Robert O’Donnell, and Ben Horne have disappointed too. Against a team like Central Stags, their batting would need to be much better.
Martin Guptill, George Worker, Mark Chapman, Cole Briggs, Robert O’Donnell (c), Ben Horne (wk), Sean Solia, Lockie Ferguson, Louis Delport, Adithya Ashok, Ben Lister
Sean Solia, Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Ben Horne, Cole Briggs, Louis Delport, Robert O'Donnell, Benjamin Lister, Adithya Ashok, George Worker, Martin Guptill
This is the first match to be played at Fitzherbert Park in Palmerston North. So it will be interesting to see how the wicket behaves. It is likely to be a typical New Zealand wicket that will offer some seam movement but will largely be better for the batters.
A shower is expected in the morning at Palmerston North on the day of the game. But the match shouldn’t be affected.
Since this is a new wicket, there should be runs on offer. The team batting first in this game will be looking to set a target of around 170-180 runs.
This will be the first match of the season on the venue. So the team winning the toss is likely to bat first.
In the last 5 matches between Central Stags and Auckland Aces, 3 have been won by Auckland and 2 were clinched by the Stags. This season, though, the Central Stags are looking in really good nick. They have a balanced unit and have momentum with them. Auckland did well in their previous game, but their batting is too fragile and that might cost them dearly again.
Expect the Central Stags to win this game.
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