Super Smash T20 Prediction: Auckland Aces vs Northern Knights
Seddon Park, Hamilton
The 10th match of the Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Auckland Aces and Northern Knights on Sunday.
Both teams will be in search of their first win of the season and will be hoping for a complete game after being affected from rain in their last games.
Auckland are currently placed fourth in the points table after two of their three games were washed out following their 13-run loss against Otago Volts in the Super Smash 2019-20 opener.
Bottom placed Northern Knights too are coming on the back of a washed out fixture against Central Districts. The Knights suffered a humiliating 120 runs defeat at the hands of the Districts in the Super Smash 2019-20 season opener and lost their 2nd game of the season by 43 runs to Otago Volts.
Auckland Aces performance in Super Smash T20:
Only once have the Aces batsmen got the chance to prove their ability in Super Smash 2019-20 so far. Even though they lost the match to Central Districts, their batting unit proved why they are one of the strongest in the tournament.
Glenn Phillips scored stunning 106 from 61 balls while Martin Guptill gave the Aces a quick start by hitting 46 runs at a strike rate of 255.56. Colin Munro can turn the tides on any given day.
Mark Chapman and skipper Craig Cachopa will be handling the middle order duties. Hard-hitter Corey Anderson and Sean Solia are expected to continue in their all-rounder role.
Mitchell McClenaghan has been a bit expensive so far but will be pivotal for the Aces in the bowling unit. He will be supported by Kyle Jamieson and William Somerville to keep Northern Knights batsmen in check.
Northern Knights performance in Super Smash T20:
The Knights bowlers were impressive in their washed out game against Central Districts and restricted them to 149/9 in 20 overs after conceding 221 and 198 in their opening two matches of Super Smash 2019-20.
The Knights fumbled while chasing a target of 199 and got all out for 155 against Otago Volts despite a strong middle order performance from Brett Hampton and Joe Carter. Tim Seifert, Anton Devcich and skipper Dean Brownlie will be hoping to set the platform for Hampton and Carter.
Daryl Mitchell didn’t bowl in the Knights clash against Central Stags due to a minor injury but is expected to be back in his all-rounder role.
Brett Randell proved a master stroke against the Stags and picked three wickets in his first start of the season.
Auckland Aces vs Northern Knights Predicted line up:
Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips (wk), Craig Cachopa (c), Mark Chapman, Sean Solia, Corey Anderson, Ronnie Hira, William Somerville, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kyle Jamieson
Tim Seifert (wk), Anton Devcich, Dean Brownlie (c), Brett Hampton, Joe Carter, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Daniel Flynn, Brett Randell, Matthew Fisher, Ish Sodhi
Pitch Report for Today's Super Smash T20
It will be the third of five Super Smash games to be played at Seddon Park, Hamilton. The last game – Northern Knights vs Central Districts – played at the venue ended in no result.
Otago Volts scored 198/9 in the 1st game played at the venue this season while the Knights were all out for 155.
11 T20Is has been played at Seddon Park, Hamilton, 6 of them have been won by the team batting first while 5 by the team chasing the total.
172 is the average score of the team batting first and 160 is off the team batting 2nd.
212/4 is the highest total recorded at the venue while 78/10 is the lowest.
Auckland Aces vs Northern Knights: Today's Match Prediction
- Daryl Mitchell picked four wickets and gave 32 runs in his 4 overs in the Knights vs Otago Volts.
- Joe Carter scored 55 runs off 32 balls at a strike rate of 171.88 against the Volts. His inning included 2 fours and 4 maximums.
- Brett Randell picked three wickets while giving away just 29 runs in his 4 overs against Central Stags.
- Glenn Phillips scored the 1st and only century of the Super Smash 2019-20 season against the Stags in their Super Smash 2019-20 season opener.
- Michael Rippon picked up 2 wickets and gave away just 20 run in his 4 overs despite Auckland Aces leaking 197 runs.