The 17th match of the Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Auckland and Canterbury at the Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland.
The match starts at 4:00 PM local time (3:00 AM GMT) (8:30 AM IST). The live stream for Super Smash in India will be available on Hotstar.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
Auckland is currently ranked fourth in the ongoing Super Smash 2019-20. But they are lacking to perform in a consistent fashion and they need to work on the same before they get ruled out from the contention to qualify for the semis. Auckland lost their previous encounter and would be eager to win against Canterbury.
In batting, they boast a strong line-up that comprises of Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips and Colin Munro, who will have to play good knocks in order to help their side in winning their next game. The biggest headache for Auckland is the woeful form of Munro, who is yet to play a significant knock. On the other hand, the bowling unit has given some decent performances as they have restricted the opponents from posting big scores.
Canterbury has so far struggled in the ongoing tournament winning only one game in their last four outings. They seriously need to buck up and come up with strong performances and they hold some of the high profile players that can turn the fortunes for their side. But, their batting line up has failed to perform as a unit and have to come up with some good batting display against Auckland.
There are no chances of rain and it is expected to be a perfect day for a cricket match. However, the temperature is expected to deviate between 17 and 24 Degree Celsius throughout the day according to Accuweather.
The track at the Eden Park has so far gone in the favour of batsmen in Super Smash 2019-20 and the same would be expected in the next game. The fast bowlers will not get much help from the wicket and will have to work hard to get wickets in the match, However, the wrist spinners will come into play and will play an important role. Also, the side winning the toss will look to bat as far as the trends of the tournament are concerned.
Average first innings score: 172 (In two games played at this venue in this season of Super Smash)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 1; Lost – 1; NR- 0
Auckland and Wellington have announced unchanged squads for the first game of the year 2020.
Probable Playing XIs:
Chad Bowes, Jack Boyle, Stephen Murdoch, Cole McConchie (c), Cam Fletcher (wk), Andrew Ellis, Leo Carter, Henry Shipley, Will Williams, Blake Coburn, Ed Nuttall.
Bench – Sean Davey
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips (WK), Mark Chapman, Craig Cachopa (C), Corey Anderson, Sean Solia, Ronnie Hira, Ben Lister, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ross ter Braak
Bench: Robert ODonnell, William Somerville
Glenn Phillips is in red hot form with the bat and is the leading scorer for his side with 146 runs in six games. He would be a hot favourite pick for any fantasy team. Martin Guptill is another player to watch out, who has shown some glimpses of his good form in the previous games and has mustered 143 runs in his last six outings. Cole McConchie is the leading wicket-taker for his side in Super Smash 2019-20 and his form with the ball makes him a vital player for any Dream11 Fantasy side.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Martin Guptill, Mark Chapman, Colin Munro
Vice-Captain – Glenn Phillips, Sean Solia, Chad Bowes
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Glenn Phillips
Batters – Martin Guptill (C), Colin Munro, Chad Bowes
All-Rounders –Corey Anderson, Mark Chapman (VC), Cole McConchie, Henry Shipley
Bowlers –Blake Coburn, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ross ter Braak
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Glenn Phillips (C), Cam Fletcher
Batters – Colin Munro, Craig Cachopa, Stephen Murdoch, Jack Boyle
All-Rounders – Mark Chapman, Sean Solia (VC)
Bowlers –Will Williams, Ross ter Braak, Will Williams
Corey Anderson has not played as per his calibre so far. It is quite evident that he is struggling with his poor form and will look to come up with strong performances in the first game of the New Year. Looking forward to his form he could be a risky pick but will be worth for any Grand League Side.
Auckland is expected to win this match against Canterbury.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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