Super Smash T20 Prediction: Auckland Aces vs Canterbury Kings
January 1, 2020
Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland
With their first match being abandoned due to rain, Auckland Aces and Canterbury Kings would battle it out in their second faceoff of Super Smash 2019-20 on Tuesday.
Hosts Auckland Aces, in spite of being a star-studded lineup, haven’t performed to their potential and it is about time the Craig Cachopa-led side stands up to the occasion.
Canterbury Kings have been struggling as well and are deservedly seated at the 5th spot with a win, two losses and a no-result under their belt. While bowling has reaped benefits for the Kings, it is their batting that has been a cause of concern of late.
Auckland Aces performance in Super Smash T20:
Opener Martin Guptill (143 runs in 4 innings) and Glenn Phillips (146 runs in 4 innings) have had some successes with the bat in the Super Smash 2019-20 season so far and will look to capitalize from the very delivery at Eden Park Oval. Colin Munro has had a terrible run so far and would be wishing to get back the hitting ability in the coming contest.
Skipper Craig Cachopa (77 runs in 4 innings) has been quite handy with the bat this season and along with fellow middle-order batsman, Mark Chapman would aim to keep the scoreboard ticking for the Aces.
Spinner Ronnie Hira (5 wickets in 6 innings) is leading the bowling charts for Auckland Aces.
Among the remaining bowlers, Pacers Mitchell McClenaghan (1/24) and William Somerville (0/23) put up economical performances in the previous outing and would look to better themselves in the upcoming duel.
Canterbury Kings performance in Super Smash T20:
The batting department would be hoping the likes of Chad Bowes (1,078 runs in 43 T20s) and Stephen Murdoch (1,019 runs in 49 T20s) to put up a stellar run tally on board.
Cam Fletcher (37) and Leo Carter (25-ball 33) were getting those boundaries even at crunch moments in the match against Otago and would eye to emulate a similar show in the upcoming feud.
Bowling wise, Cole McConchie (5 wickets in 4 innings) and Blake Coburn (5 wickets in 4 innings) have managed to get under the skin of their rivals on quite a few occasions.
Andrew Ellis (3 wickets in 4 innings), with his pacer prowess, has been second in command and will look to topple the Aces’ top-order alongside McConchie and Coburn.
Auckland Aces vs Canterbury Kings Predicted XI:
Craig Cachopa, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ben Lister, William Somerville, Ronnie Hira, Sean Solia, Corey Anderson, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips (wk), Colin Munro, Martin Guptill
Cole McConchie, Ed Nuttall, Blake Coburn, Will Williams, Henry Shipley, Andrew Ellis, Cam Fletcher (wk), Stephen Murdoch, Jack Boyle, Chad Bowes, Leo Carter
Of the two games played at Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland so far during Super Smash 2019-20, team batting first has won 1 while the other match has been won by team batting second.
Otago Volts won the game by 13 runs, after putting 210 runs on the scoreboard while Wellington Firebirds chased a mere target of 134 runs in 18.3 overs.
6 Super Smash matches were scheduled in 2018-19 season. 3 matches were won by the chasing team while 1 was abandoned without bowling a bowl due to rain.
A lot of runs are expected on the board as only 1 game of the 5 played last season remained under 170 by both teams. 407 runs were scored in 40 overs during Super Smash 2019-20’s 1st game played at the venue.
Super Smash T20: Auckland Aces vs Canterbury Kings Prediction
- Canterbury Kings have defeated Auckland Aces on 4 out of 3 occasions in the T20s at Eden Park Outer Oval.
- Glenn Phillips has scored 146 runs in 4 innings followed by Martin Guptill (143 in 4 innings) so far and are currently the top 2 highest run getter for Auckland Aces.
- Off the 9 games played between the two teams which ended in a result, Auckland Aces have won 7 of them.
- Auckland Aces all time highest run scorer Martin Guptill need just 20 mores runs to reach 1800-run milestone.
- Andrew Ellis has scored 1161 runs for Canterbury Kings and is their all-time 2nd highest run getter while topping the bowling chart with 118 wickets, 2nd highest is Matt Henry with 37 wickets.