The 9th match of the Women’s Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Otago Sparks and Auckland Hearts at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (9:00 PM GMT – Prev Day) (2:30 AM IST).
The Auckland Hearts and Otago Sparks will lit up Sunday in the Women’s Super Smash game at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval. The two teams faced off on Saturday where the Hearts edged past the Sparks by 7 runs. Chasing Auckland’s total of 140/6, the Otago team finished 133/6 as they accounted for just 9 runs in the last two overs where 17 runs were required.
The Sparks later went on to defeat the Northern Spirit as Suzie Bates scored an unbeaten hundred. They lost to Wellington Blaze on opening day by a huge 66-run margin. On the other hand, the Auckland team registered a 68-run win against the Canterbury Magicians on Friday evening and made it two in two by beating Otago.
The Bert Sutcliffe Oval is likely to be under clouds throughout Sunday but no rain is forecasted.
The Bert Sutcliffe Oval is usually a high scoring one as three of the four matches in last season recorded totals over 120. A target as high as 159 was also got chased down in the previous edition. On Saturday, we saw a 162-run chase and also the first sub-100 total of the tournament. Interestingly, it was Central Hinds who conceded the big chase in the first match and later succumbed to a low total.
Average first innings score: 120 (Women’s Super Smash 2018/19)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability:
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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, Sophie Gray, Emma Black, Bhagya Herath.
Bench – Ella Brown, Sophie Oldershaw.
Katie Perkins scored only 91 runs across the seven innings in the last edition. However, she began with a 65-run knock and followed it with an unbeaten 69. Katey Martin struck five half-centuries in 14 innings across last two seasons. She scored an unbeaten 64 and played a supporting hand for Suzie Bates. Anna Peterson aggregated 119 runs and bagged 7 wickets during the last season. In two matches thus far, she scored 48 runs and claimed three wickets.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Anna Peterson, Katie Perkins, Suzie Bates
Vice-Captain – Katey Martin, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Katey Martin
Batters – Saachi Shahri, Katie Perkins, Eden Carson
All-Rounders – Anna Peterson (VC), Suzie Bates (C)
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
All-Rounders – Anna Peterson, Hayley Jensen, Suzie Bates
Bowlers – Holly Huddleston, Emma Black, Lisa Griffith, Fran Jonas
Hayley Jensen will be a surprise option in fantasy cricket for this match where there are a lot of players costing 9.5 and more credits. On Saturday, she took two wickets and scored an unbeaten 35 across the two matches.
Auckland Hearts are expected to win this match due to their superior batting line-up.
*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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