Super Smash T20 Prediction: Auckland Aces vs Northern Knights
January 10, 2020, Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland
Auckland will be looking to keep their playoff hopes alive when they take on Northern Knights in the 26th match of Super Smash 2019-20 at Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland on Friday. Auckland have built nice momentum after winning two games on the bounce in the competition. Captain Craig Cachopa will be aware that Auckland certainly needs to win their remaining two matches in order to qualify for the playoff of the competition.
On the other hand, Northern Knights have struggled to produce positive results in this year’s competition. The side is currently lying at the bottom of the league table with 10 points to their name. Captain Dean Brownlie will be hoping that the side can deliver a decent show with bat and ball against Auckland.
Auckland Aces registered a 28-run win against Northern Knights when these sides faced earlier this season.
Auckland Aces performance in Super Smash T20:
The side registered a four-wicket win over Central Districts at Eden Park, courtesy splendid performances from Ben Lister, Mark Chapman and Craig Cachopa.
Martin Guptill has been a standout performer for the side in the batting department and currently franchise’s leading run-scorer with 248 runs at an average of 49.60. However, he failed to capitalize on his good in the last game.
Mark Chapman had a good outing with bat and ball against Central Stags.
On the bowling front, the side will be relying on the likes of Ben Lister, Mitchell McClenaghan and Ronnie Hara to make crucial breakthroughs in this all-important clash.
Left-arm medium-pacer Ben Lister finished with excellent figures of 2 for 26 in his four overs, whereas left-arm orthodox spinner Mark Chapman claimed two wickets and conceded just 17 runs in his four overs.
Northern Knights performance in Super Smash T20:
With the side already out of the playoff race, Dean Brownlie-led unit will be looking to produce a positive result against Auckland. Northern Knights will rue the fact the bowling unit was big letdown after batsmen delivered an excellent performance and posted 219 for 7 in their 20 overs.
Wicket-keeper Tim Siefert has been a bankable performer for the side in this year’s competition and once again delivered the goods with the bat. He delivered scintillating performance and finished the innings with the top-score of 74 runs off 36 balls with the help of five fours and six sixes. He was well supported by Brownlie, who scored 55 runs off 29 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes.
Bowling certainly has been a cause of concern for Northern Knights so far in this year’s competition. Anton Devcich, Anurag Verma and Scott Kuggeleijn all conceded more than ten runs an over against Canterbury.
Auckland Aces vs Northern Knights Firebirds Predicted XI:
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Mark Chapman, Craig Cachopa, Corey Anderson, Robert O’Donnell, Ben Horne (wk), Ronnie Hira, Ben Lister, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ross ter Braak
Anton Devcich, Tim Seifert (wk), Dean Brownlie, Daryl Mitchell, Daniel Flynn, Brett Hampton, Scott Kuggeleijn, Joe Carter, Ish Sodhi, Brett Randell, Anurag Verma
It will be the last game to be played at Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland during Super Smash 2019-20.
Team batting first has won 1 while the other 3 have been won by team chasing the total.
Otago Volts won the game by 13 runs, after putting 210 runs on the scoreboard in the season opener at the venue.
6 matches were played at the venue in the Super Smash 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 this season’s 1st game played at the venue.
Super Smash T20: Auckland Aces vs Northern Knights Prediction
- Martin Guptill is currently Auckland Aces’ leading run-scorer with 248 runs at an average of 49.60.
- Tim Siefert has scored 292 runs in 6 innings and is 2nd in the Super Smash 2019-20 batting charts. He scored 75 runs against Auckland Aces earlier this season.
- Scott Kuggeleijn picked 3 wickets in his 4 overs against Auckland Aces earlier this season.
- 362 runs were scored when these two teams met each other earlier this season. 47 boundaries were hit in that game.
- 5-6 is the head to head record between the two teams in favour of Northern Knights.