The 26th match of the Women’s Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Auckland Hearts and Northern Spirit at the Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland.
The match starts at 12:40 PM local time (11:40 PM GMT – Prev Day) (5:10 AM IST).
This game can be viewed on Star Sports Select 1 SD/HD in India. Live streaming available on Hotstar.
With five wins from 8 matches, the Auckland Hearts are one game away from sealing their spot in the top three. They are currently placed at No.2 in the points table and could stay in top three even if they lose their remaining two matches due to highest NRR. They will now face Northern Spirit on Friday at the Eden Park Outer Oval. The Northern Spirit have lost each of their last five matches including the previous one against Canterbury Magicians who were winless till then. The Northern Spirit has a lot of luck going on their way alongside winning the last two matches for finishing in top three.
No rain is forecasted for the game between Hearts and Spirit but there is a possibility for periodic clouds during the match timings.
Eden Park Outer Oval continue to be on the slower side as the average first innings total here since 2018 reads only 121. The chasing sides have faced it tough whenever the target is over 120. In the previous match here, the Central Hinds successfully defended their total of 138 despite the Auckland Hearts lost only 5 wickets in the chase.
Average first innings score: 121 (Women’s T20s since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Lauren Down, Anna Peterson (C), Katie Perkins, Saachi Shahri, Holly Huddleston, Bella Armstrong, Natasha van Tilburg, Arlene Kelly, Regina Lilii, Amie Hucker, Fran Jonas.
Bench – Roz McNeill.
Katie Gurrey, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Felicity Leydon-Davis (C), Kate Anderson, Lucy Boucher, Eimear Richardson, B Halliday, Olivia Lobb (WK), Carolyn Esterhuizen, Lauren Heaps, Emma Baker.
Bench – Lily Mulivai, Charlotte Sarsfield.
Katie Perkins and Katie Gurrey have been the top performers with the bat for their respective teams. Perkins aggregated 351 runs at an average of 70.20 and also struck three fifties. Gurrey’s numbers are even better as she amassed 392 runs at 65.33 with three fifties and an unbeaten century. Unfortunately for the Northern Spirit, no other player barring Gurrey has been on that level. Anna Peterson will be the most important player in the fantasy team for this match as she scored 179 runs going along with 12 wickets from 8 matches.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Katie Gurrey, Anna Peterson, Katie Perkins
Vice-Captain – Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Holly Huddleston, Lauren Down.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Bernadine Bezuidenhout
Batters – Katie Gurrey, Lauren Down, Katie Perkins, B Halliday
All-Rounders – Felicity Leydon-Davis (VC), Arlene Kelly, Anna Peterson (C)
Bowlers – Holly Huddleston, Bella Armstrong, Carolyn Esterhuizen
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Bernadine Bezuidenhout
Batters – Katie Gurrey (C), Lauren Down, Katie Perkins, Lucy Boucher
All-Rounders – Felicity Leydon-Davis, Anna Peterson (VC)
Bowlers – Holly Huddleston, Bella Armstrong, Carolyn Esterhuizen, Eimear Richardson
Both Halliday and Boucher scored the 40s in the last game for the Auckland Hearts despite batting in the middle-order. The top-order collapse helped the cause of the low-profile batters. Hence, picking one of the two will be ideal in case of the big names missing out.
Auckland Hearts are expected to win this match and seal their berth in the play-offs.
*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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