The 2nd match of the Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Auckland vs Otago, at the Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland.
The match starts at 3:10 PM local time (2:10 AM GMT) (7:40 AM IST).
Auckland will lock horns with Otago in their opening game of Super Smash 2019-20. However, it will be an interesting contest between the two heavyweights in this T20 tournament.
Auckland’s batting line-up comprises of the likes of Martin Guptill, Colin Munro and Mark Chapman. In bowling, they have a great mix of young and experienced players like Mitchell McClenaghan, Ben Lister and Will Somerville, who form a formidable bowling unit.
On the other side, Otago has Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom as one of the experienced opening pair in the tournament. The duo will have a big responsibility to pile some big runs for their bowlers to defend. However, their bowling looks a bit weak and they would have to come with some strong effort in the opening game of their side.
There are chances of rain on the match day and it might abandon the match. However, the temperature is expected to range between 18 and 22 Degree Celsius according to Accuweather.
The track at Eden Park is expected to go in favour of the pacers but they need to hit right areas to get the wickets. The batsmen will have a tough time while scoring on this ground during the early phase of the match. The team winning the toss will look to bowl as it is relatively easy to chase at this venue.
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Probable Playing XIs:
Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Mark Chapman, Craig Cachopa (c), Corey Anderson, Glenn Phillips (WK) Robert O’Donnell, Ronnie Hira, Ben Lister, Mitchell McClenaghan, Will Somerville.
Bench – Kyle Jamieson, Sean Solia.
Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford, Anaru Kitchen, Josh Finnie, Max Chu (WK), Jacob Duffy, Josh Finnie, Nick Kelly, Dale Phillips, Michael Rae, Michael Rippon, Nathan Smith.
Bench – Dean Foxcroft.
Hamish Rutherford will be an important player for any Dream11 Fantasy Side. He has amassed 2892 runs in 126 T20 games at a strike rate of 140. 88. Martin Guptill will be another player to watch out in the upcoming match.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain –Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill, Neil Broom
Vice-Captain –Hamish Rutherford, Anaru Kitchen, Craig Cachopa
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Glenn Phillips
Batters –Martin Guptill (C), Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford (VC), Craig Cachopa
All-Rounders –Anaru Kitchen, Mark Chapman
Bowlers – Nathan Smith, Ben Lister, Jacob Duffy, Mitchell McClenaghan,
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Glenn Phillips, Max Chu
Batters –Martin Guptill, Colin Munro (VC), Craig Cachopa, Josh Finnie
All-Rounders –Anaru Kitchen, Mark Chapman (C)
Bowlers – Ben Lister, Jacob Duffy, Will Somerville
Try to pick middle-order batsmen in this match because the openers will struggle to score runs against the fast bowlers. Fast bowlers will also play an important role in the game at Eden Park.
Auckland is expected to defeat Otago by a good margin.
*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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