The 28th match of the Women’s Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Wellington Blaze and Auckland Hearts 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).
This game can be viewed on Star Sports Select 1 SD/HD in India. Live streaming available on Hotstar.
The Wellington Blaze set to finish unbeaten in the league phase as they have won all the nine matches they played thus far. Their last match in this round will be against the Auckland Hearts who are at No.2 in the points table right now. The Auckland Hearts won six of the nine matches including four in a row at the start of the season. Hearts lost three matches including one against the Blaze. They will take on Otago Sparks in the play-off final on Thursday with the winner qualifying to face Wellington in the final.
The Basin Reserve could be seen surrounded by clouds on Sunday but the forecast of rain is only from 7 PM local time.
The streak of big scores at the Basin Reserve took a break when the Canterbury Magicians were bundled out for only 96 in the previous match at this venue. The Wellington Blaze’s spinners were in full force during that match where Amelia Kerr bagged a 4-wicket haul. A belter of a pitch can be expected on Sunday if a new pitch is rolled for the double-header.
Average first innings score: 135 (Women’s Super Smash matches since 2018/19)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 1
Injury and Availability:
Sophie Devine returns from the WNCL to play this fixture.
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.
Rachel Priest (WK), Rebecca Burns, Sophie Devine (C), Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Leigh Kasperek, Thamsyn Newton, Liz Green-Perry, Jess Kerr, Maneka Singh, Deanna Doughty.
Bench – Caitlin King, Xara Jetly, Jess McFadyen.
The Auckland’s batting has been all about Katie Perkins throughout the tournament as she aggregated 421 runs from nine matches at an average 84.20. Perkins struck four fifties including an unbeaten 70 in the previous match. In fact, the lowest she made in nine innings during this tournament is only 25. Anna Peterson holds the key with the ball having picked 12 wickets and her batting is likely to be a bonus considering her consistency in this tournament. Amelia Kerr was expected to be the top performer in the absence of Sophie Devine in the last match. Amelia didn’t even get a chance to bat as she took a 4-wicket haul and bundled out the opponent to a low score. She has picked up 16 wickets in the tournament; two less than her sister Jess Kerr.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Sophie Devine, Amelia Kerr, Katie Perkins
Vice-Captain – Anna Peterson, Holly Huddleston, Jess Kerr
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Rachel Priest
Batters – Katie Perkins (VC), Lauren Down, Rebecca Burns
All-Rounders – Sophie Devine, Amelia Kerr (C), Anna Peterson, Arlene Kelly
Bowlers – Deanna Doughty, Jess Kerr, Fran Jonas
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Natasha van Tilburg
Batters – Katie Perkins, Saachi Shahri, Rebecca Burns
All-Rounders – Sophie Devine (C), Anna Peterson (VC), Amelia Kerr
Bowlers – Deanna Doughty, Jess Kerr, Holly Huddleston, Fran Jonas
Unless the situation while batting is little critical, we might not see Sophie Devine batting ahead of the other players. Hence, Amelia Kerr could have the highest impact on the game. She is currently in good form with both bat and ball.
Wellington Blaze is expected to finish the league phase unbeaten.
*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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