The 19th match of the Women’s Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Auckland Hearts and Canterbury Magicians at the Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland.
The match starts at 12:30 PM local time (11:30 PM GMT – Prev Day) (5:00 AM IST).
The Auckland Hearts were cruising along with four consecutive wins before they lost twice in as many games during the last week. They first lost to Central Hinds by 22 runs while the Wellington Blaze got better of the Hearts on Sunday with a comfortable 6-wicket win. They will be hoping to start the new year of high as they host the Canterbury Magicians on Wednesday at the Eden Park Outer Oval. The Magicians have suffered losses in each of the five matches they played in this tournament and stand as the only team to not win a match thus far.
The New Year day is expected to be clear from any interruptions at the Eden Park Outer Oval.
The Eden Park Outer Oval has been on the slower side last season across all formats. The scores in the Women’s T20s suggest the same as the average score here is less than 120 and the chasing team won all the three matches played since 2018. The last game witnessed Auckland scoring only 111 which was chased down by the Wellington with 15 balls to spare.
Average first innings score: 115 (Women’s T20s since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 0
Injury and Availability:
Lea Tahuhu returns for the Magicians.
Probable Playing XIs:
Anna Peterson (C), Saachi Shahri, Katie Perkins, Natasha van Tilburg, Holly Huddleston, Regina Lilii, Bella Armstrong, Arlene Kelly, Amie Hucker, Izzy Gaze, Roz McNeill.
Bench – Tariel Lamb.
Frankie Mackay (C), Kirsty Nation, Nat Cox, Jacinta Savage, Allie Mace-Cochrane, Lea Tahuhu, Ella Chandler, Laura Hughes (WK), Gabby Sullivan, Missy Banks, Jess Simmons.
Bench – Emma Kench, Sarah Asmussen.
The previous match could be considered as Frankie Mackay’s she scored only 15 runs and took a wicket against Otago. Prior to that game, she earned at least 60 points in four consecutive matches and that tells about her standards. Interestingly, Auckland’s skipper Anna Peterson also didn’t have great last match. She scored 165 runs and picked up 9 wickets in this tournament thus far. Katie Perkins continue to boast her average in this tournament as she scored three fifties in six matches in this competition and in the other three games, she scored 25+ runs.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Frankie Mackay, Anna Peterson, Katie Perkins
Vice-Captain – Holly Huddleston, Lea Tahuhu, Jacinta Savage
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Laura Hughes
Batters – Saachi Shahri, Kirsty Nation, Katie Perkins
All-Rounders – Frankie Mackay (VC), Anna Peterson (C), Jacinta Savage, Arlene Kelly
Bowlers – Lea Tahuhu, Gabby Sullivan, Holly Huddleston
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Laura Hughes
Batters – Saachi Shahri, Kirsty Nation, Katie Perkins (VC)
All-Rounders – Anna Peterson, Frankie Mackay (C), Jacinta Savage
Bowlers – Lea Tahuhu, Gabby Sullivan, Bella Armstrong, Holly Huddleston
Despite continuous losses, a few Canterbury players are reliable in the fantasy team. At least five players from the Magicians can be picked in the fantasy side. Even six players would be fine since not many players in the Hearts’ squad have made a big impact.
Auckland Hearts are expected to return into winning ways by handing yet another defeat to Canterbury Magicians.
*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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