The 12th match of the Women’s Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Northern Spirit and Auckland Hearts at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.
The match starts at 3:40 PM local time (2:40 AM GMT) (8:10 AM IST).
This game can be viewed on Star Sports Select 1 SD/HD in India. Live streaming available on Hotstar.
The Auckland Hearts made a strong start to the 2019-20 Women’s Super Smash as they registered three wins in as many matches in the Central round. On the first day of the tournament, the Hearts thumped Canterbury Magicians by a huge 68-run margin. They followed it with twin wins over Otago Sparks on consecutive days.
They will be now touring Hamilton to face the Northern Spirit who made a decent start as well. The Spirit won two of the three matches in the first round thanks to efforts with the bat from Katie Gurrey. They recorded successful chases of 162 and 173 against the Central Hinds but fell 10 runs short of the 185-run chase against Otago.
The Hamilton’s Seddon Park is expected to witness periodic clouds on Sunday evening but no rain is forecasted during the match.
The Seddon Park in Hamilton seems to be a slow track looking at the results of the two matches in the last season. Those could be due to playing on pitches already used for the Men’s Super Smash games. The Women’s T20Is give a better picture as New Zealand chased down 140 quite comfortably against West Indies the last year. Earlier this year, India Women fell only three runs short of a 162-run chase.
Average first innings score: 148 (Women’s T20s since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 3
Injury and Availability:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Katie Gurrey, Bernadine Bezuidenhout (WK), Felicity Leydon-Davis (C), Kate Anderson, Eimear Richardson, Brooke Halliday, Olivia Lobb, Lily Mulivai, Carolyn Esterhuizen, Charlotte Sarsfield, Lauren Heaps.
Bench – Shriya Naidu.
Lauren Down, Anna Peterson (C), Katie Perkins, Saachi Shahri, Holly Huddleston, Bella Armstrong, Natasha van Tilburg, Arlene Kelly, Regina Lilii, Jesse Prasad, Fran Jonas.
Bench – Tariel Lamb, Roz McNeill.
Katie Gurrey has brilliant with the bat in this tournament as she aggregated 267 runs in three matches getting out only once. Her scores so far read 90*, 71 and 106*. Anna Peterson has scored only 62 runs in three innings but is the team’s leading wicket-taker with 5 wickets in her kitty. Katie Perkins started the season with back to back fifties. He scores in this competition read 65, 69* and 28. The Northern Spirit captain Felicity Leydon-Davis has scored 81 runs including a fifty and picked up one wicket in 11 overs bowled.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Katie Gurrey, Anna Peterson, Katie Perkins
Vice-Captain – Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Holly Huddleston, Eimear Richardson.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Bernadine Bezuidenhout
Batters – Katie Gurrey (C), Katie Perkins, Saachi Shahri
All-Rounders – Felicity Leydon-Davis, Kate Anderson, Anna Peterson, Arlene Kelly
Bowlers – Lauren Heaps, Carolyn Esterhuizen, Holly Huddleston
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Bernadine Bezuidenhout
Batters – Katie Gurrey (VC), Katie Perkins, Lauren Down
All-Rounders – Anna Peterson (C), Felicity Leydon-Davis, Kate Anderson, Arlene Kelly
Bowlers – Lauren Heaps, Holly Huddleston, Bella Armstrong
Considering how Katie Gurrey has performed in this tournament thus far, it is tough to not have her as captain or vice-captain. Gurrey has always been a consistent performer in the Super Smash and has struck four fifties last season.
Northern Spirit is expected to put an end to the winning streak of Auckland Hearts.
*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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