Women's Super Smash 2019-20, Match 25: Wellington Blaze vs Canterbury Magicians: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Sophie Devine will be missing this match due to WNCL commitments.

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Match Details:

The 25th match of the Women’s Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Wellington Blaze and Canterbury Magicians at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

The match starts at 12:40 PM local time (11:40 PM GMT – Prev Day) (5:10 AM IST).

This game can be viewed on Star Sports Select 1 SD/HD in India. Live streaming available on Hotstar.

Preview:

The Canterbury Magicians finally put an end to their losing streak in this competition as they defeated Northern Spirit by 4 wickets in the previous fixture. The last year runners-up, Magicians, lost each of their first six matches. They will now tour Wellington to face the defending champions, Wellington Blaze. In fact, the Blaze have won all the 8 matches they played so far. They will be looking to finish on the same spirit but will miss the services of their skipper Sophie Devine. The New Zealand all-rounder joined the Queensland team for the 2nd round of the WNCL earlier this week.


Weather Condition/Report:

No threat from rain is expected during the match between Blaze and Magicians to be played on Thursday at the Basin Reserve.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The Basin Reserve recorded totals close to 150 during the two matches it hosted in the last season. In the first match of the current season, Otago made only 96 while Wellington posted a huge total of 183/4 in the 2nd game. We could witness a total of 270 runs at least in the match between Blaze and Magicians if a new track is used.

Average first innings score: 145 (Women’s Super Smash matches since 2018/19)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 1

Injury and Availability:

Sophie Devine has joined her WNCL team and will be missing this match.


Probable Playing XIs:

Wellington Blaze:

Rachel Priest (WK), Rebecca Burns, Maddy Green (C), Amelia Kerr, Leigh Kasperek, Thamsyn Newton, Liz Green-Perry, Jess Kerr, Caitlin King, Maneka Singh, Deanna Doughty.

Bench – Xara Jetly, Jess McFadyen.

Canterbury Magicians:

Frankie Mackay (C), Kirsty Nation, Nat Cox, Jacinta Savage, Allie Mace-Cochrane, Lea Tahuhu, Laura Hughes (WK), Gabby Sullivan, Sarah Asmussen, Missy Banks, Jess Simmons.

Bench – Emma Kench.


Top Picks:

Jacinta Savage and Gabby Sullivan are the leading wicket-takers for the Canterbury with 10 and 11 wickets respectively. Savage also aggregated 106 runs in 7 innings. Jess Kerr’s wickets tally in the tournament has raised to 18 from 8 matches and she is currently averaging 8.27. Amelia Kerr will be crucial in the absence of Sophie Devine as she will get to bat higher in the line-up. He took 12 wickets and scored 147 runs in the tournament thus far.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Frankie Mackay, Amelia Kerr, Rachel Priest

Vice-Captain – Lea Tahuhu, Jacinta Savage, Jess Kerr


Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

KeeperRachel Priest (VC)

Batters – Kirsty Nation, Maddy Green, Rebecca Burns

All-RoundersFrankie Mackay (C), Jacinta Savage, Amelia Kerr

Bowlers – Jess Kerr, Gabby Sullivan, Lea Tahuhu, Leigh Kasperek

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Rachel Priest

Batters – Kirsty Nation, Maddy Green, Liz Green-Perry

All-RoundersFrankie Mackay (VC), Amelia Kerr (C), Jacinta Savage

Bowlers – Deanna Doughty, Gabby Sullivan, Jess Kerr, Lea Tahuhu


Expert Advice:

In the absence of Sophie Devine, the players picked across all-rounders and bowlers are almost similar in both of our suggested fantasy teams. The reason for it is the impactful players in those two categories. The only swap will be between the spinners Deanna Doughty and Leigh Kasperek in the Wellington team. Doughty has been consistent throughout the tournament picking 1-2 wickets almost every match. Kasperek has been quite rusty but can score few runs with the bat.

Probable Winners:

The Canterbury Magicians fancy their chances against Wellington Blaze in the absence of Sophie Devine.

*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.