The Auckland Aces are now one win away from confirming their final three finish and a victory over the Northern Knights will also give them a chance of finishing at the top of the table. The Knights have won seven out of the eight matches and are currently on a 6-match winning streak. One win from the next two matches will ensure them the top spot and also a direct entry to the final of the Super Smash 2018/19.
The Aces won each of the last three matches they played in this tournament. With four wins and two washouts, the Auckland team are placed at No.3 with 20 points. They will make it to the top three even if they lose their remaining two matches. The current No.5 ranked team Otago Volts have to lose at least one of their two matches for the Auckland team to make it through despite back to back defeats.
The 27th match of the Super Smash T20 2018-19 will be played between Auckland Aces and Northern Knights at the Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland.
The match starts at 4:10 PM local time (3:10 AM GMT) (8:40 AM IST).
The game will be live on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD. Streaming available on Hotstar.
The recent most game at the Eden Park Outer Oval turned out to be a high scoring one after four consecutive low scoring match. Once again, a big total can be expected like in the previous game. One of the sides is shorter at this venue.
Average first innings score: 148 (Last five completed Twenty20s)
Chasing team record: Won – 3, Lost – 2.
Colin Munro, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Craig Cachopa (C), Robert O’Donnell, Donovan Grobbelaar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ronnie Hira, Matthew Quinn, William Somerville.
Bench – Graeme Beghin.
In – Colin Munro
Out – Ben Horne
Tim Seifert, Daniel Flynn, Dean Brownlie (C), Brett Hampton, Corey Anderson, Daryl Mitchell, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tarun Nethula, Ish Sodhi, Kyle Abbott, Neil Wagner.
Bench – Nick Kelly, Peter Bocock
In – Ish Sodhi.
Out – Joe Walker.
Ish Sodhi and Colin Munro have been released from the New Zealand ODI squad and will join the Northern Knights and Auckland Aces respectively.
Colin Munro needs some big performances to get back to the New Zealand ODI team. Before joining the team for the first three ODIs against India, Munro scored 41 and bagged a 4-wicket haul in the same match. Performances like those will surely reward Munro with a spot in the World Cup.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Daryl Mitchell and Tim Seifert are in good form and can be picked as captain and vice-captain. Daniel Bell-Drummond had a good start to the season and will be eager to make a big one so will be Colin Munro, his opening partner. McClenaghan’s consistency in this tournament warrants a vice-captain option.
Playing XI #1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Tim Seifert (VC)
Batters – Daryl Mitchell (C), Mark Chapman, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Dean Brownlie
All-Rounders – Brett Hampton, Colin Munro, Donovan Grobbelaar
Bowlers – Scott Kuggeleijn, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ish Sodhi
Playing XI #2 for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Glenn Phillips
Batters – Corey Anderson, Daryl Mitchell (VC), Dean Brownlie
All-Rounders – Brett Hampton, Colin Munro, Donovan Grobbelaar (C)
Bowlers – Ronnie Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ish Sodhi, Tarun Nethula
The biggest problem regarding the fantasy team for this game will be the batsman section. A lot of players from this part are in good form. Going into the game, the best picks will be Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Daniel Bell-Drummond and Dean Brownlie.
Auckland Aces will start as favourites despite the recent form of the Northern Knights.
*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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