The 2nd match of the Women’s Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Otago Sparks and Wellington Blaze at the Lincoln Green.
The match starts at 4:00 PM local time (3:00 AM GMT) (8:30 AM IST).
Wellington Blaze, the defending champions of the Women’s Super Smash, will be in action on Friday where they take on Otago Sparks at the Lincoln Green ground. This match is expected to be a chartbuster considering the likes of International stars present. Sophie Devine will be leading the Blaze and is expected to pair with Rachel Priest, her former national team opener once again. Katey Martin will be leading the Sparks which contains Suzie Bates at the top. Amelia Kerr, Maddy Green, Leigh Kasperek and Hayley Jensen are the other famous New Zealand International players in this match.
No threat from rain is forecasted for this match between Otago and Wellington.
The Lincoln Green ground witnessed all the four completed matches at this venue in the 2018/19 season won by the sides batting second. The low first-innings totals boosted the chances of the chasing teams at this venue. The average first innings score in the previous edition of Women’s Super Smash was only 98.
Average first innings score: 98 (Women’s Super Smash 2018/19)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
Injury and Availability:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Katey Martin (C), Suzie Bates, Emma Black, Ella Brown, Eden Carson, Millie Cowan, Hannah Darlington, Sophie Gray, Lisa Griffith, Bella James, Hayley Jensen.
Bench – Bhagya Herath, Sophie Oldershaw.
Sophie Devine (C), Rachel Priest, Rebecca Burns, Maddy Green, Deanna Doughty, Liz Green-Perry, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Beth Molony, Thamsyn Newton.
Bench – Jess McFadyen.
Sophie Devine is coming off a record-breaking WBBL season where she amassed 769 runs alongside picking up 19 wickets. Amelia Kerr claimed 19 wickets across nine matches in the previous season and also scored 209 runs. Katey Martin struck five half-centuries in 14 innings across last two seasons. Deanna Doughty took 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 – Amelia Kerr, Maddy Green, Hannah Darlington
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Rachel Priest, Katey Martin (VC)
Batters – Liz Green-Perry, Rebecca Burns, Millie Cowan
All-Rounders – Sophie Devine (C), Amelia Kerr, Hayley Jensen
Bowlers – Hannah Darlington, Lisa Griffith, Deanna Doughty
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Katey Martin
Batters – Liz Green-Perry, Maddy Green, Millie Cowan
All-Rounders – Sophie Devine (C), Suzie Bates (VC), Thamsyn Newton
Bowlers – Leigh Kasperek, Hannah Darlington, Lisa Griffith, Deanna Doughty
As there are a lot of players who are quite costly in this match, a couple of risks with top players has to be taken. Rachel Priest missed scoring big runs in the WBBL. Amelia Kerr might not get to score a lot of runs like in the previous season due to a strong top-order. Suzie Bates could produce a perfect all-round effort or could get dismissed cheaply and go wicket-less on other days.
Wellington Blaze is expected to win this match.
*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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