Super Smash T20, Match 21, Auckland vs Otago, Dream11 Fantasy Tips

Super Smash T20 2018-19, Match 21: Auckland Aces vs Otago Volts: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Auckland Aces will start as favourites against the Otago Volts despite missing some big names.

Auckland Aces
Auckland Aces. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

The Auckland Aces couldn’t make most of the availability of the International stars as two of the four matches where they featured in the squad turned out to be washouts. Aces were defeated twice during the absence of the national team players. Auckland will once again be handicapped with India’s tour of New Zealand that gets underway on 23rd January.

They will be up against the Otago Volts in their 7th match and both the teams have the same number of points in as many matches. The last week’s match between the two sides turned out to be a washout after the Aces made 117/1 in only ten overs with the help of a quick-fire fifty from Martin Guptill. Both the teams have made a couple of changes to their squad for this crucial game that will determine the top three on the points table.

Match Details:

The 21st match of the Super Smash T20 2018-19 will be played between Auckland Aces and Otago Volts at the Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland.

The match starts at 12:30 PM local time (11:30 PM GMT – Prev Day) (5:00 AM IST).

The game will be live on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD. Streaming available on Hotstar.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The Eden Park Outer Oval has recently produced low scoring games as the average first innings score in the last four matches here reads only 139. In the three matches before this, the team batting first produced 190+ totals.

Average first innings score: 139 (Last four completed Twenty20s)

Chasing team record: Won – 3, Lost – 1. (Last four completed Twenty20s)


Auckland Aces:

Craig Cachopa (C), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Mark Chapman, Donovan Grobbelaar, Ronnie Hira, Ben Horne, Mitchell McClenaghan, Robert O’Donnell, Glenn Phillips, Matthew Quinn, William Somerville, Graeme Beghin, Ben Lister.

In – Daniel Bell-Drummond, Graeme Beghin, Ben Lister

Out – Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Lockie Ferguson

Otago Volts:

Jacob Duffy (C), Ben Cox, Josh Finnie, Shawn Hicks, Jack Hunter, Anaru Kitchen, Hamish Rutherford, Nathan Smith, Ben Raine, Brad Wilson, Josh Tasman-Jones, Christi Viljoen.

In – Josh Tasman-Jones, Christi Viljoen

Out – Matthew Bacon, Michael Rippon

Team News:

(Will be added when there is an update).

Power Picks:

The Otago all-rounder Ben Raine had a brilliant season during the T20 Blast last year. Playing for Leicestershire, Raine scored 332 runs from 13 games including a century. He also picked up 10 wickets during the tournament. Raine will be crucial for Otago’s further chances in the tournament.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Anaru Kitchen and Glenn Phillips will be perfect for the captain and vice-captain’s roles. The likes of Donovan Grobbelaar, Hamish Rutherford and Ben Raine can be considered as alternatives.

Playing XI #1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Glenn Phillips (VC)

Batters – Hamish Rutherford, Mark Chapman, Shawn Hicks, Robert O’Donnell

All-Rounders – Anaru Kitchen (C), Ben Raine, Donovan Grobbelaar

Bowlers – Christie Viljoen, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jacob Duffy

Playing XI #2 for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Ben Cox

Batters – Hamish Rutherford, Shawn Hicks, Robert O’Donnell, Craig Cachopa

All-Rounders – Anaru Kitchen (VC), Donovan Grobbelaar (C), Nathan Smith

Bowlers – Ronnie Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jacob Duffy


Expert Advice:

The Auckland Aces’ bowlers Ronnie Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan, William Somerville and Matthew Quinn have cracked the code of picking wickets. However, it will be tough to pick from among them as it is really difficult to predict which bowler will deliver on a given day. McClenaghan has to be the first choice among the four given his consistency in the tournament.

Probable Winners:

Auckland Aces will start as favourites against the Otago Volts despite missing some big names.

*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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