The 5th match of the Women’s Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Auckland Hearts and Otago Sparks at the Lincoln No 3.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (9:00 PM GMT – Prev Day) (2:30 AM IST).
An interesting battle awaits between Auckland Hearts and Otago Sparks in the morning match of the Women’s Super Smash at the Lincoln No 3. The Auckland team start the tournament with a huge 68-run win against the Canterbury Magicians. Katie Perkins’s 65-run knock played a key role in side’s total of 204/5. On the other hand, the Otago team suffered a 66-run defeat against the Wellington Blaze. The Wellington team posted a huge score of 189/7 and restricted the Sparks to 123/9. 63 runs of those came during the 2nd wicket stand in 50 balls between Suzie Bates and Katey Martin.
The Lincoln No 3 ground does not face any threat from the rain as the morning is expected to be under clear skies.
The Lincoln No.3 ground witnessed low scoring matches during the previous edition of the Women’s Super Smash. However, on Friday, the average first innings score was well surpassed in both matches. In fact, in the evening match, the team batting first posted 204. We might not see such big totals on Saturday but 160 could be a possibility.
Average first innings score: 132 (Since Women’s Super Smash 2018/19)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 4
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, Fran Jonas, Jesse Prasad, Regina Lilii.
Bench – Tariel Lamb, Roz McNeill.
Suzie Bates, Millie Cowan, Katey Martin (C & WK), Hayley Jensen, Lisa Griffith, Hannah Darlington, Bella James, Eden Carson, Ella Brown, Emma Black, Bhagya Herath.
Bench – Sophie Gray, Sophie Oldershaw.
Katie Perkins scored 65 in the first match of the season. In the seven innings across the last edition, Perkins scored only 91 runs. Katey Martin will be crucial for her team as she struck five half-centuries in 14 innings across last two seasons. Anna Peterson aggregated 119 runs and bagged 7 wickets during the last season. On Friday, she scored 41 runs and picked up a couple of wickets. Lisa Griffith amassed 83 runs and took 6 wickets across four matches in the last season.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Anna Peterson, Katie Perkins, Suzie Bates
Vice-Captain – Katey Martin, Holly Huddleston, Hannah Darlington
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Katey Martin
Batters – Lauren Down, Katie Perkins, Bella James, Eden Carson,
All-Rounders – Anna Peterson (C), Suzie Bates (VC)
Bowlers – Holly Huddleston, Bella Armstrong, Lisa Griffith, Emma Black
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Katey Martin (VC)
Batters – Lauren Down, Katie Perkins (C), Eden Carson, Millie Cowan
All-Rounders – Anna Peterson, Suzie Bates
Bowlers – Holly Huddleston, Bella Armstrong, Lisa Griffith, Fran Jonas
Considering the performances over the last couple of seasons, the likes of Anna Peterson, Katie Perkins, Suzie Bates, Katey Martin, Holly Huddleston and Lisa Griffith are expected to be among the top performers in the match.
Auckland Hearts are expected to register their second win in as many matches.
*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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