The 1st match of the Super Smash 2020-21 will be played between Wellington and Auckland at the Basin Reserve, Wellington in New Zealand. New Zealand’s most popular T-20 league Super Smash is all set for an sizzling start with the defending champions Wellington taking on the 2019-20 runners up Auckland at Basin Reserve.
Wellington vs Auckland, 1st Match prediction & betting tips
The Super Smash 2020-21 season is about to get underway and we believe this is one of the best tournaments for T20 enthusiasts to follow. Yes, the tournament does not have the bling that the Big Bash has across the pond but the quality of talent in New Zealand cricket is staggering considering the small population of the country.
Starting us off are the Wellington Firebirds and the Auckland Aces, There should be plenty of international faces that we get to see now that the limited over engagements for the national team are over.
Both teams are missing their key players. For Wellington, Devon Convay and Jimmy Neesham won’t be available while Auckland will be without the services of Glenn Phillips, Martin Guptil, Mark Chapman and Kyle Jamieson. Wellington defeated Auckland in the last year final but overall, Auckland has got the better of Wellington. Out of the 27 matches against each other, Auckland has 16 wins against their name.Players like Colin Munro and Ben Lister brings in a lot of experience wit them which gives Auckland a definite edge over the hosts.
Wellington Squad: Fraser Colson, Rachin Ravindra, Michael Bracewell(w/c), Troy Johnson, Finn Allen, Lauchie Johns, Logan van Beek, Jamie Gibson, Hamish Bennett, Peter Younghusband, Ian McPeake, Michael Snedden
Auckland Squad: Robert ODonnell(c), Ben Horne(w), Sean Solia, Graeme Beghin, Ben Lister, Olly Pringle, William Somerville, Bradley Rodden, William O Donnell, Ross ter Braak, Danru Ferns, Ryan Harrison.
Playing XIs Prediction:
Fraser Colson, Troy Johnson, Michael Bracewell (C), Rachin Ravindra, Jamie Gibson, Logan van Beek, Lauchie Johns/Finn Allen (WK), Hamish Bennett, Ian McPeake, Michael Snedden, Peter Younghusband.
Robert O Donnell (C), Sean Solia, Graeme Beghin, Ben Horne (WK), Ryan Harrison, William O Donnell, Bradley Rodden/Danru Ferns, Ben Lister, Olly Pringle, William Somerville, Ross ter Braak.
Wellington : Michael Bracewell, Rachin Ravindra, Hemish Bennett
Auckland : Colin Munro, Robert O Donnell, William Somerville
There are chances rain coming down heavily in morning. It will be cloudy throughout the day but after 2 PM local time, there is only 3% chance of rain. The temperature is expected to hover around 19-20 Degrees Celsius.
The pitch always has a little something for the new-ball bowlers but then settles down to be firmly in favour of the batsmen. The pitch at the Basin Reserve is known to be a good one for batsmen. Last season, the venue hosted six matches and the team batting first scored more than 180 in first three games. Chasing is not suited at this wicket if Super Smash 2019-20 stats are concerned.
Stats on this Ground
Average first innings score : 162
Average second innings score : 128
Record of Chasing Teams : Won – 1; Lost – 5
WEL vs AUK Head to Head Stats in T20
|Matches Played||WEL Won||AUK Won||Tie||No Result|