The 11th match of the Women’s Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Wellington Blaze and Otago Sparks at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
The match starts at 12:40 PM local time (11:40 PM GMT – Prev Day) (5:10 AM IST).
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Wellington Blaze, the defending champions of the Women’s Super Smash, started the 2019-20 season on high. They won all the three matches they played in the Central round during the opening week of the tournament and seal the top place in the points table. They will take on Otago Sparks on Saturday afternoon whom they defeated by a huge 66 runs on the first day of the tournament.
The Otago team have been quite unlucky as they won only one of the four matches played. They lost twice to the Auckland Hearts which includes a 7-run defeat. Their lone win came against Northern Spirit where they sealed a 9-run win while defending their total of 184/1.
The weather from the afternoon at the Basin Reserve on Saturday is expected to be pleasant without any threat from rain.
The Basin Reserve hosted two matches during the last edition of the tournament. In the first match, the home team Wellington Blaze fell 20 runs short of a 151-run target set by Otago Volts while in the 2nd match, they chased down 150 by losing six wickets and two balls to spare. This gives a hint of how good a track could be in use for the Saturday’s match.
Average first innings score: 150 (Women’s Super Smash 2018/19)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 1
Injury and Availability:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Rachel Priest (WK), Sophie Devine (C), Rebecca Burns, Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Leigh Kasperek, Thamsyn Newton, Liz Green-Perry, Jess Kerr, Allex Evans, Deanna Doughty.
Bench – Maneka Singh, Caitlin King, Jess McFadyen.
Millie Cowan, Suzie Bates, Katey Martin (C), Hayley Jensen, Lisa Griffith, Hannah Darlington, Bella James, Eden Carson, Emma Black, Ella Brown, Sophie Oldershaw.
Bench – Sophie Gray, Bhagya Herath.
Sophie Devine is yet to replicate her WBBL 2019-20 efforts in this competition. However, she aggregated 57 runs in three and also picked up four wickets. Suzie Bates has been in top form with the bat as she aggregated 260 runs from four matches. She also struck an unbeaten hundred and also a fifty. Deanna Doughty continuing her last season’s exploits as she bagged seven wickets in only three matches. Doughty claimed 13 wickets from 9 matches last season at a strike rate of 15.2.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Sophie Devine, Katey Martin, Suzie Bates
Vice-Captain – Hayley Jensen, Maddy Green, Rachel Priest
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Rachel Priest (VC), Katey Martin
Batters – Liz Green-Perry, Rebecca Burns, Millie Cowan
All-Rounders – Sophie Devine, Suzie Bates (C)
Bowlers – Emma Black, Leigh Kasperek, Lisa Griffith, Deanna Doughty
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Katey Martin (VC)
Batters – Maddy Green, Rebecca Burns, Bella James, Eden Carson
All-Rounders – Sophie Devine (C), Suzie Bates, Hayley Jensen
Bowlers – Jess Kerr, Lisa Griffith, Deanna Doughty
Only one of Rachel Priest, Amelia Kerr and Hayley Jensen can be fitted in a Suggested XI as all the three cost 9.5 credits. The premier all-rounders Devine and Bates occupy 22.5 credits already. We couldn’t fit Amelia is either of teams as the Basin Reserve is expected to be high-scoring track and she will be batting outside top four.
Wellington Blaze is expected to get better of the Otago Sparks.
*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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