Before the break, the Auckland Aces had just begun to hit the right notes. They currently sit in fourth place on the table, with three wins and two losses and a net run rate of -0.167. Their next game will be against the second-placed Canterbury Kings, who have four wins and two losses in six games with a net run rate of +0.984. They have a well-balanced and in-form unit and will pose a significant challenge to Auckland.
The game will take place on January 07, 2022 at Eden Park in Auckland.
Match Details to Note
Match: Auckland Aces vs Canterbury Kings, 20th Match, Super Smash 2021-22
Date: January 07, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 7:10 AM IST
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Auckland Aces vs Canterbury Kings Team Previews
The Auckland Aces are on a three-match winning streak. They defeated Otago Volts in their previous match. Auckland reached the target of 130 in 17.2 overs with 8 wickets in hand while chasing a target of 130. George Worker (53* off 45 balls) and Mark Chapman (55 off 42 balls) were both in charge of getting home comfortably. This performance will boost Auckland’s confidence, as their batting was not in top form. Aside from Martin Guptill, the rest of the lineup has yet to get going. Hopefully, after this performance, Glenn Phillips and skipper Robert O’Donnell will get going as well.
Auckland’s bowling is much better and does not allow easy runs. Lockie Ferguson, whose last-match spell of 4-19 from 4 overs annihilated Otago, has been the leader of the pack. Apart from taking wickets, he’s also been frugal, bowling at a rate of 6.16 this season. Adithya Ashok (8 wickets at 6.30) and Ben Lister (6 wickets at 5.83) have also been consistent.
Auckland Aces Squad
Graeme Beghin, Jamie Brown, Robbie O’Donnell (c), Mark Chapman, Louis Delport, Danru Ferns, Ben Horne (wk), Ben Lister, Matt McEwan, Colin Munro, Will O’Donnell, Glenn Phillips, Ollie Pringle, Sean Solia, Will Somerville, Ross ter Braak, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson
Predicted XI: George Worker, Martin Guptill, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Robert O’Donnell (c), Ben Horne (wk), Sean Solia, William Somerville, Lockie Ferguson, Adithya Ashok, Ben Lister
Canterbury Kings are deserving of their second-place finish in the table this season. They’ve been quite competent and appear to be in good shape overall. Canterbury had previously chased down a massive target of 218 with 16 balls and 5 wickets to spare. It was an outstanding performance that demonstrated the team’s batting prowess. The main contributors to that win were Leo Carter (56 off 35 balls), Cam Fletcher (48* off 21 balls), and Henry Shipley (39* off 11 balls). Chad Bowes, their leading run-scorer this season with 157 runs at a strike rate of 145, will be expected to make an impact in this game. Given his recent hitting performance, the team may also consider moving Shipley up the order.
Canterbury’s bowling attack has been led by Ed Nuttall (11 wickets at 9.29). (10 wickets at 5.90). Unfortunately, Henry will be unavailable for the next few games due to national duty, which is a major setback for Auckland. Todd Astle (7 wickets at 5.30) has also performed admirably, and Will Williams showed promise in the previous game.
Canterbury Kings Squad
Todd Astle, Chad Bowes, Cole McConchie (c), Jack Boyle, Leo Carter, Sean Davey, Cam Fletcher (wk), Andrew Hazeldine, Tyler Lortan, Ken McClure, Daryl Mitchell, Ed Nuttall, Fraser Sheat, Henry Shipley, Theo van Woerkom, Will Williams, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls
Predicted XI: Chad Bowes, Ken McClure, Leo Carter, Cole McConchie (c), Cam Fletcher (wk), Mitchell Hay, Henry Shipley, Todd Astle, Will Williams, Blake Coburn, Ed Nuttall
Auckland Aces vs Canterbury Kings Toss Prediction
The team that wins the toss will almost certainly bat second, as chasing is the better option at this venue.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The team batting first scored 92 runs in the only match played at Eden Park this season. That was a slow surface, and it is unlikely to happen again. In T20Is, the average total at this venue is 169. In this game, the team batting first will attempt to set a target of around 170 runs.
The pitch at Eden Park in Auckland is usually good for batting, with some assistance for seam bowlers early on. Spinners can get some help depending on the pitch they throw, as we saw in the previous game here.
The weather in Auckland will be mostly cloudy on the day of the match. This may help seam bowlers a little.
Auckland Aces vs Canterbury Kings Match Prediction
We’re going to put money on the Auckland Aces to win this game. Both teams have a strong batting lineup, and their bowling staffs are also of high calibre. The Auckland Aces appear to have more depth in their lineup than the Canterbury K. In this match, we believe it is worthwhile to chase the slightly better odds.
Auckland Aces is the favourite to beat Canterbury Kings at the odds of 1.75.
- This season, the Auckland Aces and Canterbury Kings have not played each other.
- The Auckland Aces have won their last three games and are in excellent form.
- Auckland would be counting on an in-form Lockie Ferguson to deliver once more.