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The return of big guns to strengthen the Aces

  • Martin Guptill, Colin Munro and Lockie Ferguson return to the Auckland side after a successful international series against Sri Lanka.
  • The Otago Volts do not have any international players in their ranks. They would find it hard to compete against the players with international exposure in the Auckland Aces team.
  • Otago Volts are 4th with 2 wins from 5 matches while the Aces are in 5th spot with a single win from 4 matches. They definitely need a win to start an upward trajectory towards the top of the table.

The Auckland Aces strengthened by the return of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will defeat the Otago Volts in this match.

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The University Oval in Dunedin will be the venue for the 16th match of the Burger King Super Smash 2018/19. The day-night Twenty20 match will be played between the Otago Volts and the Auckland Aces. The two teams are currently languishing at the bottom of the league table and will be determined to notch up a victory that would put them in the mix among the higher ranked teams. Go on, read our cricket betting prediction to find out who we think will win this match.

 

The Otago Volts are currently in 4th position in the points table with 2 wins from 5 matches. The match against the Central Districts got abandoned due to rain and the wins came against Wellington and Canterbury in their 1st two matches of the season itself. The Auckland Aces are in the 5th position having recorded just a solitary win in 4 matches. They have 6 points with a NRR of 0.132. A win will push them up to 10 points and to 3rd position, simply because of their superior NRR.

 

Key players for the Otago Volts

Anaru Kitchen is the leading run-scorer for the Volts so far this season. He has scored 127 runs in 4 innings. The 34-year-old right-hander got dismissed for a duck against the Central Districts while chasing a mammoth target and it proved to be crucial in the final outcome of the match. He will be determined to score some runs against the Aces. Neil Broom opens the innings with Hamish Rutherford and both them have scored an identical 88 runs so far in the tournament. Shawn Hicks and the two openers are all striking at around 125 runs per 100 balls and we should see the Volts putting up a good score on the board if at least one can bat till deep. 33-year-old Brad Wilson made an appearance in Otago’s match against the Central Stags. He made a useful contribution of 32 not out batting in the middle order.

 

Christi Viljoen is the leading wicket-taker for the Volts with 7 wickets from 3 matches. His 4 for 23 against the Wellington Firebirds helped Otago record an impressive win and he has constantly bowled economical spells for the Volts. Fast bowler and captain Jacob Duffy has captured 7 wickets so far and has best figures of 3 for 18 recorded against the Northern Knights. The Volts need 20-year-old Nathan Smith, Jack Hunter and Durham’s Ben Raine to perform with the ball if they are to challenge the strong Auckland Aces batting lineup.

 

The Auckland Aces

The return of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro is sure to make the Auckland side a very formidable unit. Guptill made 71 not out in his only knock in the tournament so far while Munro who hit 91 against Sri Lanka in an ODI also looks to be in good form. Craig Cachopa has carried Auckland’s batting in the absence of the big guns. He has hit 69 runs in 3 innings with the top score of 39. The problem for the Aces has been their top order batting. James Vince, Mark Chapman, Robert O’Donnell, Glenn Phillips, and Sean Solia have all played at least a match but no one has managed to hit a half-century yet. Will Somerville who hit 37 not out against the Northern Knights along with Roneel Hira have had to try and resurrect the Auckland innings on more than one occasion so far in the tournament.

 

Mitchell McClenaghan, the 34-year-old left-arm quick bowler is the leading wicket-taker for the Aces. His 3 wicket haul against the Kings has put him at the top of the wicket-takers list for the Aces with 6 wickets. Left-arm medium pace-bowler Donovan Grobbelaar captured 3 for 29 against the Northern Knights. He is a 35-year-old veteran and his experience is sure going to help the Auckland bowling attack. The return of Lockie Ferguson will be the biggest plus point for the Auckland Aces. Ferguson who captured 3 wickets in New Zealand’s only T20 match against Sri Lanka was constantly touching the 145 kmph speeds. He will be a handful on these placid pitches in New Zealand. Benjamin Lister who partnered McClenaghan will now have to sit out as a result of the return of Ferguson. Off-spinner Will Somerville, Mathew Quinn, and Ronnie Hira and 3 experienced bowlers in the side who will be expected to use all their experience to limit the opposition’s scoring rate.

 

The Super Smash cricket match prediction

Okay! So this is our cricket match prediction for this Super Smash T20 match. We predict that the Auckland Aces strengthened by the return of the international stars will be hard to beat for the Otago Volts. The Aces will defeat the Volts to record their 2nd win of the tournament.

Match Info

Tournament:

Super Smash 2018-19

Format:

t20

Home Team:

Otago Volts

Away Team:

Auckland Aces

Date:

Jan 13, 2019

Time:

03:00 GMT

Venue:

University Oval, Dunedin, New Zealand

Weather:

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