Super Smash T20 Prediction: Auckland Aces vs Central Stags

Super Smash T20 Prediction: Auckland Aces vs Central Stags

January 4, 2020

Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland

The 21st game of Super Smash 2019-20 will see Auckland Aces lock horns with Central Stags.

Auckland Aces have won just two of their seven games so far, with abandoned games, and are currently placed fourth in the Super Smash 2019-20 points table. The Aces registered a comfortable 7 wickets win over Canterbury Kings in their last outing.

Meanwhile, Central Stags will be riding high on confidence after beating Otago Volts in their last game. The Stags are currently placed third in the table with 3 wins, 3 defeats and a no result in their 7 games.

It will be the second meeting of Super Smash 2019-20 between the 2 sides, with Auckland Aces prevailing by 2 runs in their first clash.

Auckland Aces performance in Super Smash T20:

Auckland chased down a massive total of 195 runs in the last match against Canterbury with the help of the fifties from Colin Munro and Martin Guptill.

Martin Guptill has scores of 83, 42, & 43 in his last three innings. He looks in good form with the bat and can take the match away in a few overs. Guptill has 226 runs at a strike rate of 160 so far.

Glenn Philips, Corey Anderson, and Mark Chapman will round up a brilliant batting line-up for Auckland.

Their bowling unit are leaking too many runs – they have given 190+ runs twice in last 3 matches. Ronnie Hira and Mitchell McClenaghan are the main wicket takers with 6 & 5 wickets respectively this season. 

The likes of Ben Lister, Sean Solia, and Louis Delport must contribute more with the ball.

Central Stags performance in Super Smash T20:

Central Stags were left to chase down totals in excess of 180 in the last three consecutive matches where they managed to win only once. Kieron Noema Barnett, Skipper Tom Bruce, and George Worker scored 50+ and led their team valiantly in the chases. 

Kieron Noema Barnett scored 55 runs and had bowling figures of 4-0-26-1 to come up with an all-round performance against the Volts. He has 179 runs at a strike rate of 153 & 10 wickets at an economy rate of 6.8 RPO so far this season.

Blair Tickner is likely to continue despite a forgetful last game where he conceded 59 runs off his 4 overs.

Ajaz Patel has taken 12 wickets at an economy of 7 RPO this season. He bowled a vital spell of 4-0-27-2 to end their losing streak the last match.

Auckland Aces vs Central Stags Predicted XI:

Auckland Aces

Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ronnie Hira, Colin Munro, Corey Anderson, Mark Chapman, Craig Cachopa, Glenn Phillips (wk), Sean Solia, Louis Delport, Ben Lister

Central Stags

George Worker, Dane Cleaver (wk), Christian Leopard, Tom Bruce, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Josh Clarkson, Willem Ludick, Ryan Watson, Blair Tickner, Ajaz Patel, Ben Wheeler

Pitch Report:

Of the three games played at Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland so far during Super Smash 2019-20, team batting first has won 1 while the other 2 have been won by team chasing the total. 

The ground has seen plenty of runs with Otago Volts winning by 13 runs despite putting 210 runs in the season opener and the Aces chasing 195 in 19.3 overs in the last game at the venue. Only 1 game of the 5 played last season saw both teams score less than 170. 407 runs were scored in 40 overs during Super Smash this season’s 1st game played at the venue.

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.

Super Smash T20: Auckland Aces vs Central Stags Predictions

  1. Tom Bruce scored 67 runs when the two teams met earlier this season. He has accumulated 241 runs in 7 innings and is currently 4th highest run-getter so far this season.
  2. Martin Guptill has scored 226 runs in his 5 innings at an average of 56.50 and is 5th highest run-getter so far this season.
  3. Azaz Patel has picked 12 wickets in 6 innings and is leading the Super Smash 2019-20 bowling chart.
  4. George Worker scored 62 runs off 39 balls at a strike rate of almost 159 against Auckland Aces earlier this season.
  5. 418 runs were scored when the two teams met earlier this season and 60 boundaries were scored in that game.

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