Super Smash 2019-20, Match 21: Auckland vs Central Districts: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Ajaz Patel is ranked second in the list of leading wicket-taker with 12 wickets in Super Smash 2019-20.

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Match Details

The 21st match of the Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Auckland and Central Districts at the Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland.

The match starts at 4:10 PM local time (3:10 AM GMT) (8:40 AM IST). The live stream for Super Smash in India will be available on Hotstar. The match will be live on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD.

Preview for Dream11 Fantasy

Auckland is currently ranked fourth in the points table with 12 points but they are lacking in attaining consistency in their performances. And, they would be eager to grab their second consecutive win when they will lock horns with Central Districts. This will be the second meeting of both the sides in the ongoing tournament and Auckland will look to avenge for their previous loss against the same opponent.

In batting, Auckland boasts a heavy line-up that comprises of  Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, who are in red hot form with the bat. In the previous game, their openers single-handedly won the game for the side and the same would be expected from them in the next match. Also, their bowling unit has done an impressive job so far in Super Smash 2019-20.

Central Districts got off to a great start with back to back wins in the ongoing tournament but lost their track as they suffered three consecutive defeats as well. However, they won their previous game and would like to continue with the momentum against Auckland.

For them, Tom Bruce has produced some brilliant performances in Super Smash 2019-20 and is the leading scorer for his side with 241 runs. On the other hand, Ajaz Patel has so looked instrumental with the ball, who has grabbed 12 wickets in his last seven outings. Districts will bank on the duo to win the next game.

Weather Condition/Report:

It is expected to be windy that will blow at a rate of 35km/hr and humidity will hover around 52% on the match day. However, there are no chances of rain, so the fans can expect an enthralling encounter. The temperature is expected to deviate between 18 and 20 Degree Celsius according to Accuweather.


Pitch Report

The track at the Eden Park has so far gone into the favour of the batsmen and no target at this venue is impossible to chase. In the previous game played on this ground, Auckland chased down a mammoth total of 197 runs and that shows how comfortable it will be for the batter to smash the bowlers all across the park. Moreover, the side winning the toss will look to field first as the teams have found it easy to chase on this ground as far as the trends of the tournament are concerned.

Average first innings score: 179 (In three games played at this venue in Super Smash 2019-20)

Record of the chasing teams: Won – 2; Lost – 1; NR- 0

Team News:

Central Districts have excluded Seth Rance from the squad after he sustained an injury in the previous game. Also, they have reduced the squad from 13 to 12 men.

Glenn Phillips and William Somerville have joined the national side in the ongoing Test series between New Zealand and Australia. So they have been excluded from the 12-man squad of Auckland.

Probable Playing XIs:

Central Districts:

George Worker, Dane Cleaver (WK), Christian Leopard, Tom Bruce (C), Kieran Noema-Barnett,  Josh Clarkson, Willem Ludic, Ajaz Patel,  Blair Tickner, Ben Wheeler, Ryan Watson

Bench: Jayden Lennox

Auckland:

Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Mark Chapman, Ben Horne/Robert ODonnell, Craig Cachopa (C), Corey Anderson, Sean Solia, Ronnie Hira, Ben Lister, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ross ter Braak.

Bench: Ben Horne/Robert ODonnell


Top Picks

Tom Bruce will be hot favourite pick due to his current form with the bat. He has mustered 241 runs in his last seven outings and will be a vital part of any Dream11 Fantasy Side. Martin Guptill, who was struggling with the form is starting phase of the tournament has found his grooves and is scoring good knocks for his side.

In seven games he has amassed 226 runs with two half-centuries and will be an important player to watch out in the next match. Ajaz Patel is ranked second in the list of leading wicket-takers with 12 wickets in Super Smash 2019-20. And, there is no reason to leave him out from the fantasy side. in Super Smash 2019-20

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Tom Bruce, Martin Guptill, Colin Munro

Vice-Captain –George Worker, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Ajaz Patel

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper –Dane Cleaver

Batters –Tom Bruce (C), Colin Munro, Craig Cachopa, Martin Guptill (VC), Josh Clarkson

All-Rounders – Corey Anderson, Sean Solia

Bowlers – Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner, Ronnie Hira

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper –Dane Cleaver

Batters –Colin Munro (C), Josh Clarkson, Christian Leopard

All-Rounders –Sean Solia, Kieran Noema-Barnett (VC), George Worker, Willem Ludic

Bowlers – Ronnie Hira, Ben Lister, Ryan Watson

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Expert Advice

The openers of Auckland have certainly regained their form with the bat and picking them in any Grand League side is a safer option. Moreover, Ajaz Patel should also be picked looking forward to his peach form with the ball.

Note: 54% of the users have picked Glenn Phillips, who has joined the national squad in the ongoing Test series between New Zealand and Australia. He will not play the next match, so don’t pick him in your fantasy team.

Probable Winners

Auckland is expected to win this match against Central Districts.

*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.