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Wellington Firebirds vs Auckland Aces, free match prediction 19 Jan 2020

19 Jan 2020 | 08:40 | Basin Reserve,Wellington
168/7 in 20.0 8.40 winner
146/9 in 20.0 7.30

Wellington Firebirds Vs Auckland Aces betting odds

WF

2.15

AA

1.64

Toss Winner - Auckland Aces won the toss and chose to bowl first

winner Wellington Firebirds beat Auckland Aces by 22 runs

It will be a Wellington vs Auckland final of the Super Smash 2019-20!

  • The two teams have clashed twice this season, and both have secured a victory each in those face-offs
  • Auckland will be high on confidence after their thrilling win in the Elimination Final against Otago
  • Wellington has been the best team this season and playing at home, they will have the edge

Wellington Firebirds to win the match at home and lift the trophy!

  • Tournament: Super Smash 2019-20
  • Format: T20
  • Venue: Basin Reserve,Wellington
  • Toss: To Bat

Super Smash 2019-20

Name M Won Lost Tied NR PTs NRR
Wellington Firebirds 10 6 4 0 0 24 0.51
Otago Volts 10 5 4 0 1 22 0.465
Auckland Aces 10 4 4 0 2 20 -0.23
Central Stags 10 4 5 0 1 18 0.259
Canterbury Kings 10 4 5 0 1 18 -0.189
Northern Knights 10 4 5 0 1 18 -1.008
PTs NRR M Won Lost Tied NR
24 0.51 10 6 4 0 0
22 0.465 10 5 4 0 1
20 -0.23 10 4 4 0 2
18 0.259 10 4 5 0 1
18 -0.189 10 4 5 0 1
18 -1.008 10 4 5 0 1
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Match Preview

So it will be a Wellington vs Auckland Final of the Super Smash 2019-20 on the 19th of January at the Basin Reserve. Wellington had already reserved their place in the finals after topping the league stage. Auckland secured a thrilling and nerve-wracking 3-wicket win against Otago in the Elimination Final and will be high on confidence. The match had almost slipped away from their grasp, but they kept fighting and ended up winning the exciting contest. 
The two teams have clashed twice this season, and both have secured a victory each in those face-offs. Interestingly, the two sides had last met on the same venue in the league stage where Auckland had secured a comfortable 6-wicket win while chasing a target of 166.

So will Auckland have the edge in the final? Or Wellington enjoys the home advantage? We are all set for a thrilling clash.
 

Teams Preview

Wellington Firebirds Preview

While Wellington did lose their last league encounter, they were still the table-toppers with 6 wins and 4 losses. They have a very balanced outfit and captain Michael Bracewell would be hopeful that his team will be able to be at their best on the day of the final.
Opener Devon Conway has been the leading run-getter for Wellington by some distance and has already amassed 494 runs in 10 games at a superb average of 70.57 with 1 hundred and 5 fifties. He also scored a fluent 69 against Auckland in the last game and the team would want him to repeat that show. Apart from him, Wellington would also depend on Michael Pollard (283 runs) and skipper Michael Bracewell (172 runs).
Wellington’s bowling has been good but is overwhelmingly dependent on two players - Hamish Bennett (14 wickets) and Ollie Newton (16 wickets). The two seamers have done a great job throughout the season and would need to fire in the final as well. James Neesham would be missed but the likes of Rachin Ravindra and Logan van Beek would have to take up responsibly as well if they have to stop the strong Auckland batting.

Wellington Firebirds Predicted Playing XI:

Devon Conway, Michael Pollard, Rachin Ravindra, Michael Bracewell (C), Tom Blundell (wk), Fraser Colson, Jamie Gibson, Logan van Beek, Ollie Newton, Hamish Bennett, Peter Younghusband

Wellington Firebirds Key Players From Previous Game Of Super Smash 2019-20

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
D Conway 69 52 4 2 132.69
M Bracewell 34 20 3 1 170
R Ravindra 30 20 1 2 150
Bowlers O M R W Econ
H Bennett 3.0 0 14 1 4.67
O Newton 3.0 0 33 1 11
L van Beek 3.0 0 29 1 9.67
Bowlers O M R W Econ
H Bennett 3.0 0 14 1 4.67
O Newton 3.0 0 33 1 11
L van Beek 3.0 0 29 1 9.67

Wellington Firebirds Actual Playing XI:

Rachin Ravindra, Hamish Bennett, Devon Conway, Logan van Beek, Ollie Newton, Peter Younghusband, Michael Bracewell, Michael Pollard, TA Blundell, James Neesham, Jamie Gibson

Auckland Aces Preview

Auckland was 3rd in the points table at the end of the league stage. But they displayed remarkable grit in the Elimination Final against 2nd placed Otago to reach the finals. Auckland has shown the value of a team effort and that is what they would be banking on again when they take on Wellington in the tournament final.
Auckland’s batting has had many stars throughout the season. Martin Guptill has led the charge with a terrific season – 343 runs in 9 innings at an average of 42.87 and strike-rate of 149.13. The experienced Kiwi opener has been striking it well and had top-scored with a superb 43 off 27 balls in the Elimination Final. Fellow opener Colin Munro (211 runs) has also been in good form and if the two can have a good partnership in the final, they can take the game away. Glenn Phillips (199 runs) has made an impact in the middle-order along with Mark Chapman (217). Captain Craig Cachopa (198 runs) to has had a good season. 
Auckland’s bowling has been their weakness and has let them down often this season. Left-arm spinner Ronnie Hira has been the leading wicket-taker with 13 wickets and has got decent support from Mitchell McClenaghan (7 wickets) and Mark Chapman (7 wickets). William Somerville’s outstanding spell of 3-25 in the last game was one of the highlights for Auckland and he may well prove to be the game-changer again. 

Auckland Aces Predicted Playing XI:

Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Ben Horne, Craig Cachopa (C), Corey Anderson, Ronnie Hira, William Somerville, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kyle Jamieson.

Auckland Aces Key Players From Previous Game Of Super Smash 2019-20

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
M Guptill 43 31 4 2 138.71
R Hira 33 15 3 2 220
G Phillips 27 25 2 1 108
Bowlers O M R W Econ
W Somerville 4.0 0 25 3 6.25
M Chapman 4.0 0 32 2 8
K Jamieson 4.0 0 37 1 9.25
Bowlers O M R W Econ
W Somerville 4.0 0 25 3 6.25
M Chapman 4.0 0 32 2 8
K Jamieson 4.0 0 37 1 9.25

Auckland Aces Actual Playing XI:

Ronnie Hira, Colin Munro, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Robert O'Donnell, Mitchell McClenaghan, Martin Guptill, Craig Cachopa, William Somerville, Kyle Jamieson, Ben Horne

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Weather Conditions

The pitch at the Basin Reserve has favored batsmen this season. The ball comes on nicely to the bat as the pitch is hard and generates good bounce. Seam bowlers might get some help in the first few overs.
Light showers are expected on the day of the game in Wellington so we may have a truncated game. However, the weather should be sunny and breezy for most of the day.  

Venue Details

The average first innings score at the Basin Reserve in the last three games of the tournament has been 173. Expect another high-scoring game here with the team batting first having the advantage as the teams chasing on this venue have lost the last three matches. A score of 180-190 batting first could well be a match-winning one.

Toss: To Bat

Teams batting first have found more success at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. In a big game like the final, the team which wins the toss is almost certain to bat first.

Winning Prediction

This is a difficult game to predict as both the teams have had a good run in the tournament. Auckland will be high on confidence after that performance in the Elimination Final.

However, Wellington will certainly enjoy the home advantage. They have also been the superior team this season and playing at home, they will have the edge. Auckland’s weakness in bowling might come back to hurt them on the big day but a special one from Martin Guptill or a combined team effort yet again can take them to victory.
However, on paper, Wellington is the more balanced and solid side.

Wellington Firebirds to win the match at home and lift the trophy!

Author: Bhavesh B.