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Northern Knights vs Auckland Aces, SS T20 2021, Today Match Prediction

Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand

167/6 in 17.5

9.36 Team Logo

165/10 in 19.5

8.32
SCORECARD

Toss Winner - Northern Knights won the toss and chose to bowl first

Northern Knights beat Auckland Aces by 4 wickets

Northern Knights have been poor with the bat so far.

  • Auckland Aces are playing their first match of the season and might be rusty.
  • Colin de Grandhomme needs to fire with the bat for Northern Knights.
  • Auckland will be banking on their best batsman Glenn Phillips to make an impact.

Expect the Northern Knights to clinch victory in this match.

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

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Name
CS
OV
CK
WF
NK
AA
M
Won
Lost
Tied
NR
PTs
NRR
3
2
1
0
0
8
-0.392
3
1
1
0
0
6
-0.809
2
1
1
0
0
4
0.5
2
1
1
0
0
4
0.325
2
0
1
0
0
2
-0.378
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Northern Knights haven’t had the best of starts to the Super Smash 2021-22 season. Their first match against Otago was washed out and then they lost by 3 wickets against the same team a few days later. This puts them second from the bottom in the table with just 2 points and a terrible net run rate of -0.378. They will next be taking on Auckland Aces who are strangely yet to play a game this season. Auckland finished second from the bottom with just 2 wins in 10 games last season and have a lot to prove. 

Northern Knights Preview

Northern Knights have been poor so far this season, primarily because of their insipid show with the bat. In their last game against Otago Volts, they could only put up 146-6 on the board after being asked to bat first and the opposition chased the target down with 2 balls to spare. Even in their first match, which got rained off, they were reeling at 106-6. 
So far, only Katene Clarke and skipper Jeet Raval have shown traces of batting form. But that hasn’t been enough. They need their top-order to do a better job and Colin de Grandhomme needs to fire with the bat down the order. The burly all-rounder has failed in both the matches but is still their biggest impact player.

The Knights’ bowling performance wasn’t bad in the last game. Anurag Verma, Matthew Fisher, and Frederick Walker all went for below 6 runs an over and picked up 2 wickets each. Unfortunately, Scott Kuggeleijn, their most reliable seamer, was smashed for 51 runs in just 3.4 overs. Hopefully, Kuggeleijn would deliver for them this time.
 

Northern Knights Predicted Playing XI:

Katene Clarke, Tim Seifert (wk), Jeet Raval (c), Henry Cooper, Colin de Grandhomme, Peter Bocock, Scott Kuggeleijn, Anurag Verma, Joe Walker, Frederick Walker, Matthew Fisher

Northern Knights Actual Playing XI:

Ish Sodhi, Anurag Verma, Katene Clarke, Tim Seifert, Scott Kuggeleijn, Joe Walker, Trent Boult, Joe Carter, Jeet Raval, Henry Cooper, Colin de Grandhomme

Auckland Aces Preview

Auckland has a solid enough team on paper but it remains to be seen if they can actually put up the performances when it matters. Their batting struggled badly last season and none of the batsmen from the team made their way into the top 10 leading run-getters board.

Sean Solia and Glenn Phillips opened the innings for them last season. Phillips, who is now their third-highest run-getter with 493 runs, will be the most important player of the team again. Will O’Donnell at No.3 will be crucial for Auckland’s chances while Mark Chapman and skipper Robert O’Donnell can provide stability in the middle.

Will Somerville (12 wickets) and Ross ter Braak (11 wickets) were the only bowlers from Auckland to feature in the leading wicket-takers list last season. But Auckland would be banking on rising pace sensation Kyle Jamieson to make early breakthroughs for them. Somerville, who is also handy with the bat, can make an impact with his off-spin. 
 

Auckland Aces Predicted Playing XI:

Sean Solia, William O’ Donnell, Graeme Beghin, Mark Chapman, Robert ODonnell (c), Ben Horne (wk), William Somerville, Danru Ferns, Louis Delport, Ross ter Braak

Auckland Aces Actual Playing XI:

Sean Solia, Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill, Cole Briggs, Robert O'Donnell, Benjamin Lister, Adithya Ashok, George Worker, Lockie Ferguson, Ben Horne, Louis Delport

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
12
3.04 mm.
3.64 k/h
From: W
100%
03h
9
0 mm.
2.81 k/h
From: WNW
74%
06h
7
0 mm.
2.37 k/h
From: NW
20%
09h
5
0 mm.
1.79 k/h
From: NW
69%
12h
3
0 mm.
1.31 k/h
From: NNE
97%
15h
4
0 mm.
1.94 k/h
From: NE
100%
18h
7
0 mm.
1.76 k/h
From: ENE
100%
21h
6
1.00 mm.
2.14 k/h
From: NE
100%

Weather Conditions

The pitch at Seddon Park, Hamilton, is expected to be a lively one. It should assist seamers early on but batters will get to play their strokes too once it settles down a bit. Spinners are unlikely to get much purchase from the surface.

A morning shower is expected at Hamilton on the day of the game. But we should get a full match. The weather will be breezy. 
 

Venue Details

The highest total on this venue is 215-6 by Northern Districts. However, the average score batting first here is 163. Scores between 170 and 189 have been achieved 7 times on this ground. Expect the team batting first to score somewhere in the range of 160-170 runs.

Toss: To Bowl

The team winning the toss is likely to bat second. With some showers expected, it would always be better to chase.
 

In the last 5 matches between Northern Knights and Auckland Aces, 4 games have been won by the Knights. Playing at home, the Knights would have a slight advantage but their current batting form is a worry. Auckland Aces might be rusty as they are playing their first match of the season. But a good show from their strong batting unit may make the difference.

Expect the Northern Knights to clinch victory in this match.

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