The 20th match of the 2021-22 Super Smash is going to be played between Auckland Aces and Canterbury Kings. This will be the first meeting of AA vs CTB in this competition. In their previous match, the Auckland Aces defeated Otago Volts by 8 wickets as they chased the total of 129 with ease in just 17.1 overs. On the other hand, Canterbury Kings were engaged in a high-scoring encounter against Central Stags. Batting first, the Central Stags scored a total of 217/4 on the board. The Canterbury Kings started strongly and chased down the total in just 17.2 overs with 5 wickets in hand.
Canterbury Kings are at the 2nd spot in the standings with 16 points with the help of 4 wins in 6 matches. Meanwhile, Auckland Aces have made a good comeback since their two back-to-back losses to start the tournament by winning the next three on the trot. They are at the 5th position in the standings after 5 matches. However, coming into this match, they will be without their two main players, Martin Guptill and Mark Chapman.
Time: 07.10 a.m. IST and 02.40 p.m. local time
Venue: Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland
Where to watch: Live on Fancode
Since it’s a Drop-in pitch, it will be very interesting to see how it behaves. However, it will be the batsmen who are going to have the upper hand as the bowler would be toiling hard for their wickets. The average first innings score on this wicket is 160. Moreover, the chasing team enjoys a good record here, with a 65% win rate.
There is a 25% probability of precipitation with 99% cloud cover. Therefore there are chances of some interruptions in the game. The temperature will remain between 18-22 degrees Celcius.
Probable XI for AA vs CTB
Auckland Aces: Graeme Beghin, Cole Briggs, George Worker, Glenn Philipps, Robert O’Donnell (c), Ben Horne (wk), Sean Solia, William Somerville, Lockie Ferguson, Adithya Ashok, Ben Lister
Canterbury Kings: Chad Bowes, Ken McClure, Leo Carter, Cole McConchie (c), Cam Fletcher (wk), Mitch Hay, Henry Shipley, Todd Astle, Blake Coburn, Ed Nuttall, Will Williams
Top Picks for AA vs CTB Dream 11
George Worker has been playing well this summer. He has scored a hundred and fifty each in the last 3 matches in both T20 and List A cricket. In this Super Smash season, George has played 5 matches and scored 118 runs at an average of 29.5 with the highest score of 53*.
Lockie Ferguson is the most important player for Auckland Aces with the ball. He has picked up 8 wickets in 5 matches in this tournament at an economy of 6.16 with his best being 4-for 19.
Chad Bowes has scored 157 runs in 6 matches in this tournament at an average of 26.16 with a strike rate of 145.37. He has also hit 2 Half-centuries in this competition.
Leo Carter has been Mr. Dependable for Canterbury Kings. He has scored runs under difficult conditions. In the last 5 matches, Carter has scored 72 runs at a strike rate of 141.17.
Dream 11 Fantasy Team 1 for AA vs CTB
Batters – George Worker, Leo Carter, Chad Bowes,
Bowlers – Lockie Ferguson, Ed Nuttall, Ben Lister
All-rounder – Tedd Astle (VC), Henry Shipley (C)
Wicket-Keeper – Glenn Philipps, Cam Fletcher, Ben Horne
Dream 11 Fantasy Team 2 for AA vs CTB
Batters -, George Worker, Leo Carter, Chad Bowes (C)
Bowlers – Lockie Ferguson, Adithya Ashok, Ben Lister
All-rounders – Todd Astle, Cole McConchie, Sean Solia, Henry Shipley
Wicket-Keeper – Cam Fletcher (VC)
Considering the recent form and team combination of Auckland Aces, they are expected to win this game.